Thank you, Sarah, for hosting Bleeder today at Workaday Reads and inviting me to post on your blog as a guest. I’m so glad to be here!
Today I’d like to talk about sexual content. In today’s novels, sex isn’t merely implied. In fact, many readers are disappointed when the doors close on a romantic scene. On the other hand, so much “insert this into that” can get … boring.
I tend to write more about the emotions the characters are feeling in a scene rather than the actual physical acts. I hope every sex scene I write means something.
In Space Junque Char jumps on Jake in a desperate attempt to prove she’s still alive after they escape an attack by the DOGs. She just met him. In our culture it seems too abrupt, too soon for the h/h to get together. I hope the scene shows how, in a world where women can’t get pregnant, sex doesn’t have the taboos we place on it.
In Bleeder, there was always bound to be sex scenes. After all, the main characters are pretty much glorified sex workers! Of course some scenes are for fun and pleasure, but I also wanted to use sex to reveal personality – especially contrasting the two kings, Garrick and Edmund. I hope the reader understands those guys better from the way they approach sex and lovemaking.
There are two particular sex scenes in Bleeder that were difficult for me to write. I often wanted to delete them – if you’ve read the book, you know why! And yet the scenes do help to reveal the true nature of the character in both of them.
How about you? Is there a level or flavor of sexual content you want or don’t want to read in stories?
Thanks so much for explaining your stance on sexual scenes.
L.K. Rigel is giving away a $100 gift certificate for Barnes & Noble or Amazon to one lucky winner. All you have to do to be entered in the giveaway is fill out the form below. (Hint: the answer can be found in the Lexicon Apocalyto on LK Rigel’s website). Every blog stop on the Bleeder tour has a separate question so you can receive multiple entries by following the tour.
Want to win a copy of the book?
I have one ebook copy to give to one lucky reader. To enter, please leave a comment answering LK’s question about sexual content. Please include your email address so I can contact you if you win.
The winner will be select using Random.org and will be contacted by email. Open worldwide until midnight July 29, 2011.