Why I Write Sex in My Novels
This answer to this question changes depending on who I’m speaking with. Family? “I can’t help it! My publisher makes me.” Friends? “It’s so hot to picture two men together.” Or, “Well, I have to explore my fantasies somewhere.”
None of these reasons tell the whole truth, though. Yes, when I first submitted Expectations, Lazy Day recommended I add two sex scenes. And upon reflection, they were right. As a side note, your publisher/editor usually is right. Anyway, it’s also true that my boys are hot together. Extremely. The last one is a cheap way out.
But the real reasons I have employ sex in my novels? First and foremost, it’s important for character development. Stay with me here, how people act behind closed doors reveals so much more about them than anything else can. For example, as business partners, you’d assume Matt and Carley were pretty equal. Not so in the bedroom. Except on one occasion, she follows his lead. He got so excited on that occasion, he didn’t use a condom. Oops.
Chris and Aiden, now, they’re another story altogether. They don’t have sex. They make love, every time. It’s their deep love and understanding of each other that makes their intimacy so real and beautiful. Aiden starts out always needing to be in control, but as he opens himself up and becomes vulnerable, he’s more able to trust Chris and be taken care of. That’s a huge development, not only in their relationship, but also for his character. I couldn’t show this transformation as easily any other way.
Finally, I put sex scenes in my novels because it shows people at their most raw. It’s really hard to be someone or something you aren’t at that time. The emotions which come through are always real, even if they’re not always pretty. Clearly, I’m talking about long term partners. You can fake anything for someone you’ll only see one night.
I don’t write Erotica, so sex is not the central element to any of my books, but I believe it enhances them. And besides, it’s hot.
Liz Borino is the debut author of Expectations and What Money Can’t Buy, released by Lazy Day Publishing. Throughout her education, including a Bachelor's Degree from Hofstra University, she's kept her stories to herself, but this only child is all grown up and wants to share them with the world. Her roots are in Bethlehem, Pa, but she loves to experience new cultures. As fun as that is Liz likes nothing better than curling up at home with a good book or her work in progress.
Expectations depicts the struggle between what we desire for ourselves and our familial obligations. The struggle is personified by Chris and Matt Taylor, identical twins, who are trying to win their overbearing father’s approval and acquire their trust funds. Love, money, and desire collide as Matt and Chris decide what’s really important to them. http://amzn.to/k1WpQL
What Money Can’t Buy, the sequel to Expectations, finds the two couples, Chris and Aiden and Matt and Carley, eagerly anticipating parenthood. However, their personal struggles continue. Though Matt overcame his dependency on alcohol, new temptations present themselves. And with Carley on bed rest, these temptations put a greater strain on their relationship. Chris continues to deal with issues regarding his father. These issues increase with greater proximity. When tragedy strikes, the best and worst in everyone is revealed. Can they stick together, or will their reactions tear them apart? http://amzn.to/iYZ5vk