I’m happy to welcome the fabulous Jennifer Estep, one of our favorite guests. A full-time author, she prowls the streets of her imagination in search of her next fantasy idea. The fourth book of her Elemental Assassin series, Tangled Threads, has already gotten rave reviews, including a Romantic Times Book Reviews 4 1/2-star Top Pick. Jennifer is giving away a copy of Tangled Threads to one lucky commenter from the US or Canada. I’ll announce the winner here tomorrow morning.
Greetings and salutations! First of all, I want to say thanks to Edie and the rest of the folks here at Magical Musings for having me here on the blog. Thanks so much, ladies!
So today, Edie asked me to talk a little bit about sex scenes and the heat levels in my books. Now, the heat level in my Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series is pretty high. The books are dark, gritty, and violent since I’m writing about an assassin, and I usually have at least one fairly steamy sex scene per book.
However, I also write young adult books, and for my Mythos Academy young adult urban fantasy series, the heat level is toned way down, along with the language and violence. I talk about kids having sex (as well as drinking and smoking), but my heroine doesn’t even get kissed in the first book, Touch of Frost. Of course, that changes in book two, especially since the title of the book is Kiss of Frost. LOL.
Whether I’m writing adult or young adult books, I have to admit that sex scenes aren’t my favorite things to write. I’d much rather write a fight scene than a sex scene. LOL. Magic, world building, fights scenes, car chases. All of those things usually come pretty easily to me when I’m writing – but not the sex scenes.
Why not? I’m not quite sure. I guess I feel like sex scenes just aren’t one of my strengths as a writer and that so many other authors write sex scenes that are so much better than mine. Sometimes, I also feel like everything’s already been done before in sex scenes in other books. Then again, the same could be said of anything that I or someone else writes – everything under the sun has already been done before in some way, shape, or form.
Still, I try to come up with the most creative sex scenes that I can – ones that fit the characters and the tone of the story and really make the readers feel all the passion and emotions that my characters do. That’s all I can do as a writer – try, try, and try again, and hope that readers like what I come up with.
What about you guys? How much heat do you like in your books? For all you writers out there, do you struggle to write sex scenes?
Jennifer writes the Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series for Pocket Books. The books focus on Gin Blanco, an assassin codenamed the Spider who can control the elements of Ice and Stone. When she’s not busy killing people and righting wrongs, Gin runs a barbecue restaurant called the Pork Pit in the fictional Southern metropolis of Ashland. The city is also home to giants, dwarves, vampires, and elementals – Air, Fire, Ice, and Stone.
Books in the series are Spider’s Bite, Web of Lies, and Venom. Tangled Threads, the fourth book, was published on April 26, while Spider’s Revenge, the fifth book, will be released in October.
Jennifer also writes the Mythos Academy young adult urban fantasy series for Kensington. The books focus on Gwen Frost, a 17-year-old Gypsy girl who has the gift of psychometry, or the ability to know an object’s history just by touching it. After a serious freak-out with her magic, Gwen is shipped off to Mythos Academy, a school for the descendants of ancient warriors like Spartans, Valkyries, Amazons, and more.
The first book, Touch of Frost, will be out in August, while the second book, Kiss of Frost, will hit shelves in December. First Frost, a prequel e-short story to the series, will be out in July. Visit www.jenniferestep.com for excerpts and more.