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Friday, April 3, 2009
Friday Spotlight: Wendi Darlin
More, more, more! By Wendi Darlin
This time I am talking about sex - in erotica and erotic romance. The market for explicit stories is huge, and the demand for hotter, hotter, hotter books always seems to be there.
Not everyone wants to jump into sex on page one and only come up for air every other chapter or so, but plenty of people do. There are readers who want a heavier plot, more developed characters and in general a lot more story with their sex. Books like that have a strong foothold in the market too.
I write both. I enjoy writing both. But I'll be honest with you. The books that are all sex, all the time, are exhausting to write! I'm not kidding. It's like being in the middle of a marathon love-making session. Sure you love it. You don't want to kick anybody out of bed. But could somebody bring in a glass of water or a cool towel every hour or so just to make sure you don't dehydrate and get left for dead.
I'm kidding. Sort of. I can't speak for every writer, but I know I don't write nearly as fast as I read. And I don't write every scene straight through without going back to change things or rethink the direction I'm heading. Now imagine, if as a reader you are reading a sex scene that goes on long enough that you need a break. Lord, what that writer must have gone through! She was probably there in bed (or in the barn) with those characters at least three times as long as you were. It's a tough job, but somebody's got to do it.
If you like more, more, more, next time you're reading a book you love, think of that poor writer and maybe send her a glass of water. Trust me, she needs it.