Thursday, August 20, 2015

Perils of the Writer: The Kissing Stuff

Writing romantic scenes are not my forte.  There is a reason why in the Stomp Vs. Romp blog challenge going on right now, I got put on Team Stomp (aka Action Scenes).  
When it comes down to it, I tend to skirt around the romantic plots-- which I actually have been getting lauded for.  One of the most consistent things in the reviews for A Murder of Mages has been the effusive praise that Satrine and Minox do not have a romantic connection at all.  People are really happy that I didn't take that route.
Now, does that mean I don't think romance has a place in SFF writing?  Not at all.  I think it's a crucial part of life, and should absolutely be included.  In The Alchemy of Chaos, I do dive a little deeper into the romantic aspects of my characters' lives.  In The Way of the Shield-- which is still not scheduled to be published (fingers crossed)-- I have a full-blown romantic subplot.  And that, friends, was specifically to challenge myself.  Not that I get into hot-and-sweaty details, really.  I remain a fade-to-black sort when it comes to that.  But in Shield, I wait just a bit longer before the fade.

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