What, in your opinion, makes an erotic romance stand out?
When I think of the books I love, the distinctive characteristic is almost always the characters. Plots may run together, but really vivid characters stay with you forever.
Why do you write erotic romance rather than non-erotic romance?
I decided I wanted to write novels after I started reading erotic romance. It was the first genre I ever found that was so fun I thought I wouldn’t mind writing nights and weekends and that has proved to be the case. Plus, let’s face it, people in love have sex. Why leave it out of books.
What would you like to say to readers who are new to the erotic romance genre?
Try it, you’ll like it! LOL. I would say that if they find good erotic romance, they will be amazed at the intricacies of the plot and the depth of the characters. The reason is because erotic romances can’t rely on sex as a plot device. While standard romances can structure most of a book around “will they or won’t they”, an erotic romance answers that question in the first few chapters. They will and they do. So the book has to be about something else — will they or won’t they overcome the obstacles that stand in the way of them living happily ever after.
What is your favorite cuss word when writing a sex scene?
I use a lot of them partly because I write male/male romance primarily. I use fuck, shit and crap preferentially.
How do you get in the mood to write sex scenes when you would rather be doing laundry?
I would never rather be doing laundry. But writing sex scenes does take a lot of energy. Usually, I try to be well rested and have a nice amount of time stretched out before me so that I can immerse myself. You need to feel the scenes or your readers won’t. You also need to pay attention to the details, every feeling, plus where all the body parts go. I write a lot of ménages and they are especially challenging!
What makes a sex scene sensational?
Sex scenes are sensational when the writer locks the reader into deep point of view and lets the reader experience the feelings and sensations on every level–touch, taste, smell, sight. Great emotions make great sex scenes. And a fun touch of imagination adds some spice. Are they up against the washing machine while it’s running? Are they in a parking lot with people coming? In my new book releasing on October 30th, Brush with Catastrophe, one hero gives the other a hand job under a notebook in a college class. It’s pretty fun! But not every great sex scene needs to be kinky. Plain vanilla can be the sweetest if the feelings are true and the characters grow and changes as a result of the experience.
Genre: Bisexual Menage
Tommy Riley loves cooking and the simple life. But his passion for Angie “Booky” Edelson is anything but simple. Beautiful, ambitious, hard-driving and 10 years older than Tommy, Booky represents all the things Tommy has tried to leave behind. Besides, she only seems to love him for his food! Then Tommy’s boss brings home Shay Shaleen, a pierced, tattooed, androgynous street kid for Booky to turn into a top male model. Tommy sizzles for the beautiful guy but Shay gets caught up in the flattery of a famous fashion designer. Why does Tommy have to fall for two people who can’t love him back? Is there a recipe for blending with these genetic celebrities?
Bio: Tara Lain never met a beautiful boy she didn’t love – at least on paper. A writer of erotic romance, mostly ménage and male/male, Tara loves all her characters, but especially her handsome heroes. A lifelong writer of serious non-fiction, Tara only fell in love with EROM in 2009 and, through perseverance and lots of workshops, had the first novel she ever wrote published in January of 2011. Then she capped off the year by being voted Best Author of 2011 in the LRC Awards and had her Genetic Attraction Series named runner-up for Best Series of 2011! A very good year. After an exotic life of travel all over the world and work in television, education and advertising, Tara settled in Southern California with her soul-mate husband and opened her own small marketing business. She paints, collages, and started practicing yoga “way before it was fashionable”. Passionate about diversity, justice, inclusion and new ideas, she says on her tombstone it will read, “Yes”.
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