So, what do you think? Can sex sell a book? Is Fifty Shades of Gray a good example to look at? It’s time to know what all SEVEN Romance & Erotica authors think about this. Yesterday, we revealed the answers for Question #3 “Who is more powerful in your story? The hero or heroine?“ For those of you reading this post and not knowing what’s going on, we interviewed Romance and Erotica authors last month. You can click on the authors’ names below to learn about them more. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all seven authors who took part in this author interview!
This month, we are interviewing Young Adult authors and if you have any questions for them, please send in your question via this link. It will take less than 5 minutes. I promise! 🙂
Here is the answer to the 4th question: “If you write sex scenes, do you write it because you feel it is important to the story, or because you think you need one to sell the book?”
1) Author #1 Anne Conley
Haha! A lot of my sex scenes I write into the story because it’s the natural progression of the arc of the type of romances I write. Other times, I’m writing about a topic that’s close to my heart, and I write the sex to cheer myself up. Falling for Him was about a marriage that needed help, and that one was incredibly close to me, and ended up being pretty erotic…
2) Author #2: Marie Lavender
No, I never write to “sell” it. I write a love scene if I feel it is necessary for the story or characters. I have also written books with little or no details regarding sex. I think it completely depends on what the book is about and who the characters are.
3) Author #3: Emily Eck
A little of both. I like to read sex, so I like to write sex. In the romance genre, depending on your target audience, you may need the sex to sell the book. I feel like I keep coming back to this idea that each person likes different things. My mother read my books and said in regards to the sex scenes, “Maybe you could have left more to the imagination.” That was her opinion. I told her to go back to her biographies of Holocaust survivors. (She loves those!) For my story, the first book is laden with sex as that is when the hero and heroine fall in love. In book two, there is very little sex, as that was not the focus of the story line. I think it all depends on the story, the author, and the reader.
4) Author #4: AJ Summer
I struggle incorporating sex into my books. I always think of my Mom reading it. I don’t plan sex scenes but if it happens, I just go with it.
5) Author #5: Lucien Bane
For me, sex is the deepest language of love. My book would be an empty shell without it, because when I have sex with the woman I love, my entire universe is speaking and expressing itself. It’s very three dimensional for me and no erotic story of mine could ever exist without that language.
6) Author #6: Annie Edmonds
I chose to write erotic romance and that involves sex scenes. To sell books the story has to be good. Or It doesn’t matter how much sex you put into your books.
And the sex has to be real. Sure I go a little overboard with how much sex Sammy and Jake had in Second Chances. But it’s fiction. And the way I look at it is it sure would be fun to try and have all that sex.
When I read an erotic romance I can’t wait for the sex scenes. So what I tried to do is put a sex scene in every chapter. And may I add that it wasn’t easy.
7) author #7: Larae Parry
I don’t write sex scenes. I have some wonderful author friends who take care of that department extremely well. I’m just happy when my characters kiss.
Question #5 is “Have you ever incorporated violence in your story? What do you think of stories exhibiting male dominance? How detrimental is the effect of it to readers?”
What do you think these authors’s will be? Watch out for the next post !
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