Awkward! The sex life of fictional characters (based on people IRL)

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

My books LIMELIGHT (forthcoming 2018) and SMALL ADMISSIONS are works of fiction, stories I made up to entertain and amuse. I used settings I already knew something about and then further researched, and I invented characters and situations to create drama and humor. However, I, like pretty much every writer I know, have a novel “in the drawer” – the one that never got published. That book is about a…

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No, I Don’t Write Erotica

Thursday, May 5, 2016

“I think it’s great how you just put it out there,” a former colleague said after I landed a book deal. “Put what out there?” I asked. “You know, that you write”–hands up for air quotes–“women’s fiction.” It took me a second to piece together the erroneous leap he’d taken. “Oh, no,” I said. “No air quotes necessary. They’re just novels that appeal more to women and book clubs.” He winked. I never did…

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Making It (work): The *Art of Writing Sex.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

*Disclaimer: In no way am I suggesting I’ve mastered the art of (writing about) sex. Just so you know. Writing my first book was mostly an exercise in learning how NOT to write a book. Along with sorting out dialogue, tone, character arcs, tension, and pacing, I also had to sort out sex – specifically, how to write sex into a book. I thought it would be easy. After all,…

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Writing Erotica — Talking to Sex Scene Expert Alexis Duran

Friday, July 18, 2014

When It comes to sex scenes, I’m no expert. I’ve written one sex scene, which was for a novel that will never see the light of day. That said, I’m curious about writers who pen explicit novels, in which the novels are about the sex and the sex is graphic–in your face, so to speak. It’s a hugely popular market, and growing. I’m lucky because one of my good friends,…

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Let’s Talk About (Writing) Sex, Baby

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

People often get women’s fiction, the genre in which I write, confused with romance. I could go on and on about the difference between a romance novel and women’s fiction. For example, in the former, the focus is on the love relationship, whereas in the latter, the focus is on a woman’s inner journey. But, when it comes down to it, the difference is in the sex scenes. In romance, sex…

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