Writing the bits that make you blush by Abbi Glines
I’m a romantic. I realized this when I was five years old and all I wanted to do was to have Barbie weddings. Ken and Barbie got married three times a day, seven days a week at my house. I was obsessed with that first kiss. They got a lot of good hot kisses in too.
This however was a big issue for me when I decided to write a book. How could I write a romance with no hot scenes? That was HUGE part of romance. I couldn’t write sex scenes because my mother would read them. Or my Dad… or one of the older ladies at church or heaven forbid my Granny!
So, I wrote a clean sweet YA book. It was my first book. I think Sadie and Jax kiss twice in that book. That was it. I released it out into the world and readers for the most part nailed it to the wall.
“Complete fairy tale”
The criticism was tough! I could do one of two things. I could stop writing and forget the dream of being a writer. OR I could put my big girl panties on and write some steamier, edgier stories.
The Vincent Boys was my next book. I made it edgy. I made it sexy and I even used the word “cock.” I also didn’t let my mother read it. I wanted to pretend like I hadn’t just released a book. I thought I could hide it from my friends and family. I was embarrassed of the dry humping against the tree and the sex in the back of the truck. What would they think of me?!
That was very short lived. I have nosey family and friends. They all read it and were completely shocked. But I realized something. They liked it. I liked it. Readers liked it. So I got more and more detailed and put more and more naughty into each book I wrote after that. I no longer care if my mother reads it. I don’t care if my pastor’s wife reads it. I’m good at writing it and I’m proud of that. However… my ninety-year-old Granny still thinks I’ve only written that first book and she always will. Because there is no way I’m letting her read my naughty bits!
Now, when I start to write that scene that will make readers blush I enjoy it. I like writing things that push the envelope. Knowing that the reader enjoys reading it even if they are turning three shades of red is fun. It’s real and the sex doesn’t fade to black. I don’t blush any longer when I find out some male family member has read my books. I laugh but I don’t blush. I can honestly say writing something that readers love is worth it. I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Thank you, Abbi, for such a great guest post! I am all for the rude bits! Bring them on! Be sure to check out Abbi's website, and her Sea Breeze series which is available on eBook now, and is released in paperback on 25th April (Breathe will be released in August). Head over to the Blog Tour Facebook Event Page to see the rest of the tour schedule!