Firstly I wish to thank Rachel Gilbey of Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me on the Blog Tour for JUST by Jenny Morton Potts
How far would you go to save a life?
On golden Mediterranean sands, maverick doctor Scott Langbrook falls recklessly in love with his team leader, Fiyori Maziq. If only that was the extent of his falling, but Scott descends into the hellish clutches of someone much more sinister.
‘Just’ is a story of love and loss, of terror and triumph. Set in idyllic Cambridge and on the shores of the Med and Cornwall, our characters fight for their very lives on land and at sea.
An unforgettable novel which goes to the heart of our catastrophic times, and seeks salvation.
I WISH TO WELCOME JENNY TO SHARE HER VIEWS ON WRITING ABOUT SEX
I recently had a review which said, ‘I didn’t appreciate the sex scenes.’ On closer examination – the reviewer blogs about books with a Christian slant – I took this to mean she would opt to have no sex scenes at all and I guess has redacted The Song of Songs from her Bible. To be honest, as long as my characters are living and breathing, and of course they almost always are, they’ll be having sex at some point or several during the novel.
Is it easy to write sex scenes, Jenny? Yes, I reply. I find it easy. I find it just happens. I don’t plan when. But when the call comes, I respond. I go with the flow. Inevitably the sex scene leads you down electric avenues and watery paths. This is understandable really, since sex does involve electrical impulses (the more, the better) and a fair bit of sluicing around. But if there are metaphors to be found outside of the usuals, they are to be welcomed.
Of course, everyone likes good sex, but mediocre sex is alright. And bad sex has its place. I write about all kinds, because I believe that all of life should be reflected in stories. A book without sex is a poor decision, in my book. It’s a negative. It says either, ‘There is something shameful about sex and it should be hidden.’ or ‘I am uncomfortable writing about sex.’ Authors can still exclude the act and do well, mind. Oh yes, yes, yes! Look at Donna Tartt. She never writes about the act. When questioned on this, she deflects. She says, Well, so and so doesn’t write about sex either. And they’re great. So… I’m not buying it Donna. Well, I say that, but I buy all her books. Not that there are many. One every ten years. She’s not prolific. And if she’s hung up about sex, I really shouldn’t apply any further pressure to her timetable.
If your parents read your novels, it’s probably a good idea to block this fact out. Orphan yourself for the duration of this writing period. And never refer to steamy passages when talking about your books. There will always be an old uncle who will shout across the room at a family party, ‘I hope there’s lots of rampant lust in your next book!’ and you need only make a gentle non-committal response, such as ‘We shall have fog by tea-time.’. I use this a lot. It’s a line from Ms Wood’s ‘Kitty’. You’ll find she has a retort for any situation.
I’ll tell you what the hardest thing is when writing about sex: honesty. I blame the Victorians. What to try is this: pretend that your sex scene is part of a diary that no-one will ever see. Write it exactly as you want. Leave it there for a day
or two. Let it percolate. Then return with your editing pen, whose nib will be moist and who, if able, would be whispering, Be gentle with me.
Yeah, and another thing, don’t necessarily have your characters have the type of sex the reader would expect from their profile. Take them off guard!
To be practical, if you’re struggling, have a good trawl through other author’s sex scenes. I’ve not done this myself because I wouldn’t want to be influenced, or indeed unnerved by their prowess and left feeling impotent…
To continue to be practical, don’t forget the foreplay. And also, if you are not getting rather hot under the collar as you write the scene, it’s unlikely to work for your reader.
Finally, you might be religiously devout or a committed atheist, but one thing is for sure: sex was meant to be the most pleasurable activity in life, so don’t forget to enjoy it!
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jenny is a novelist, screenplay writer, and playwright. After a series of ‘proper jobs’, she realized she was living someone else’s life and escaped to Gascony to make gîtes. Knee deep in cement and pregnant, Jenny was happy. Then autism and a distracted spine surgeon wiped out the order. Returned to wonderful England, to write her socks off.
Jenny would like to see the Northern Lights but worries that’s the best bit and should be saved till last. Very happily, and gratefully, settled with the family. She tries not to take herself too seriously.
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