I want to talk about sex for a moment.
Why? Well, for starters it's my blog and I have to write something. Secondly, there's a tropical storm pounding at my window and I can't play golf and I've written my allotted pages today. Thirdly, I get asked about it a lot.
My John Logan thrillers have sex hinted at and lovely females are described, and there's a sexy aura about it all, but when it comes to describing Logan and Teri's bedroom scenes, I prefer to fade back and let the door shut and leave it to the reader's imagination.
I know. Sex sells. Fifty Shades of Gray has sold 10 million copies. On TV and in the literary world sex sells. I cut my teeth as a teen on the Death Merchant and Jake Logan series where you could always count on a couple of good sex scenes.
One of my fav modern authors is Eric Jerome Dickey. His books about Gabriel, the mysterious assassin for hire are examples of powerul writing, plot, and characters. His books have action, and sex. For me, a little too much. One of the books has two entire chapters devoted to a threesome between Gabriel and two women he met on a flight to London. It was nice and it revealed a little about the woman, but for me it was overkill. Each scene, each word, needs to add something to the story--if it doesn't it needs to go on the cutting room floor. Sorry, Eric, I think you overdid it.
There are times when a little sex doesn't hurt. For me, though, I use the less is better philosophy. For my Logan books, the sex is simply a part of the relationship between my two characters. A scene with a play by play of the act really wouldn't add to the story or the characters. I cut to the pillow talk afterward.
Perhaps one day I'll write something that has a really steamy scene but Logan has always been a character whom I've never felt the need to peer behind his bedroom door. Logan and Teri have a good and active sex life and I'm pretty sure she is quite good in bed but for now their under cover exploits will remain firmly rooted in the minds of my readers. I'll let you decide how it plays out.
10 million copies, huh? Wow...maybe I can come up with something.......