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Sex. Now I have your attention.

I keep forgetting to warn people about my newest novel: There is sex in Radio Red.

That warning might seem unnecessary: After all, it's a romance novel, even if I prefer to call it a romantic comedy just to be more specific. But romance writing has diversified quite a bit over the years: Some is heavy with the sexy stuff, some "sweet" with no sex at all. They're humorous, tragic, Christian, gothic, Amish, and every sub-genre imaginable. (Sometimes it's even written by men.) All of mine have some degree of mystery in them, but "romantic-comedy-mystery" was a bit too clunky. So being in the romance genre doesn't mean it has to fit expected conventions.

My first romantic comedy, Storm Chaser, had one brief almost-sex scene in it, kind of a second base thing. Its sequel, The Notorious Ian Grant, had no sex at all, which is kind of strange considering Ian is a celebrity bad boy. My other fiction, The No-Campfire Girls, is a young adult novel, and I am not going to tackle sex in a book about teenage girls. Nor is there any sex in my Storm Chaser related short story collection, although in the final story a person could jump to that conclusion.

On the other side, none of our non-fiction books have anything to do with sex. Maybe they'd sell better if I added some ... hm ... I'd like to announce that my next book will be Sex in Indiana.

Anyway, some of my readers might not like to read sex scenes, so I thought I should throw in the warning. Who knows? Maybe it'll attract new readers. But it fit with the characters and the story, which for me is the important part.

What do you think about sex? I mean, in fiction?


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Apr. 1st, 2017 12:35 am (UTC)
I like sex in fiction but some of my favorite books have very little sex and some have no sex at all Although I will admit I have quite a few that are really sexy.

I think it all depends if the sex fits the story then that's great, have at it, instead of the sex just being there to sell the book.
Apr. 1st, 2017 06:50 am (UTC)
My opinion exactly. If it fits, no pun intended, go for it.
Apr. 2nd, 2017 05:30 pm (UTC)
Sex in romance books is pretty much a given to me. I expect it to be there. You're right that the important part is that it fits with the characters and scene, I like some plot with my fictional sex. If people are shocked that a romance book has sex in it then they may need to read more in the genre... or less. Whatever floats their boat.
Apr. 3rd, 2017 06:28 am (UTC)
Well, there are lots of romances with no sex, and others with implied sex that stop at the bedroom doors--there's plenty of room in the genre for all writers and all readers. My initial object when I started this post was to warn some of the more local readers, people who might follow me just because they live in the area and know me--some of them might not commonly read romance novels! It wasn't until I'd almost finished this that I realized the post might be a warning to some, but a promise to others.
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