A very powerful subject. A very powerful weapon. A very powerful negotiation tool. Actually, you can add so many words to the end of that statement. Because, no matter how we write it, sex is very powerful.
I sometimes use sex in my books as a tool – a leg up to another plot, you might say (not a leg over, now, now.) More recently, sex has played a major part in my new novel. I like writing about the tension caused by love triangles. There’s something intriguing about someone who is happy with their current partner but drawn to another, like one of my characters, Allie Shenton, in TAUNTING THE DEAD. There’s a whole ‘did she – didn’t she’ written between the lines in that book. The sexual tension is there (I’ve been emailed about ‘THAT’ kiss several times.) But I also understand that women don’t fall for every good-looking bad man there is. I just wanted to create tension.
Sex can be wonderful between two people falling in love. It can be used to calm the storm in a break up and make up situation. It can bring people closer together: it can tear people apart. It can create families: it can break families. There is domestic abuse in some of my books but I’m often told that because I show two sides to situations, my stories offer hope, sometimes showing character’s getting out of difficult circumstances. And then sex may become a whole different thing for that character once they are free to start again.
What makes a person stray? Chemistry? And how does this chemistry take over them or affect their lives? Is the chemistry forgotten with one meet or can it be obsessive? Or does the chemistry intense the longer two people are together, even if it isn’t supposed to?
I often watch pairs of dancers, on the ground or on ice, and see their passion coming across. I can almost feel the television crackling. There’s nothing better than seeing that excitement build to a crescendo. I love watching stories unfold as they move too.
What makes a person start an affair when they know it’s wrong? Or is it wrong? Who are we to judge another?
Attraction – how hard is it to resist someone who you genuinely like, care about even? No wonder so many affairs start at work when we often spend more time with our colleagues than our partners.
And, for me, this all makes for great plots.