Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Rachael Writes Sexy

This is the way I write sexy: I sit at my computer. I realize, horrified, that my characters are about to get naked, and I cover my eyes. Then I look around to see if anyone saw me. Next, I type, "INSERT S.S. HERE." I like to use code, you see, because no one will EVER figure out that S.S. stands for sex scene (they will probably think Social Security, right? Right?), and thus, I will be spared from the embarrassment.

I write the rest of the book. As I do, I think about that scene (or two or four).

Then I have three glasses of wine, put something sexy on the iPod, hold my arms out without looking, and write the scene. (I'm exaggerating. Obviously. But honestly? Not by much.)

You'd think, wouldn't you, that I'm not a good sex writer? That's what I'd think, too. But I hear, over and over, that people enjoy my sex scenes. A lot. Ahem. I get grateful email from women about it, and I got one grateful email from a guy who had profited from his wife's reading.

In fact, after reading my last (straight) romance, my wife asked me, while driving through San Francisco, "Is there something... anything... you want to talk to me about?"


"You know, those sex scenes were really hot."


"No, really hot. Like, um. Is there... anything... you're missing?"

I nearly laughed myself out of the car. Then I reassured her. Then I patted myself on the back. Dude, you would, too. It was my second favorite compliment so far.

My first favorite? A reader came up to say hello at a yarn convention back east. We chatted, and I was thrilled she liked the book.

Then she said, "You know, I lost the book for a while."


"Found it under my thirteen year old son's mattress."

She said she'd told him to give it back when he was done and he said, "I'll make my own bed from now on, Mom."

And you know what I love the most about this story? Someday, that thirteen year old will be a man. And he'll be in a bar, or on the subway, and he'll see a pretty knitter and think to himself, "DAMN, she's SMOKIN'," and he'll never know why he can't resist a knitter's charms.


Sophie Littlefield said...

awwww! Just - aw - in so many ways. I especially love that you have made lovely, sexy characters with traits one wouldn't expect, at first blush. it was like we were talking about the other day, it can be a wonderful exercise to think of what's sexy to the old feller at the diner or the civil war reenactor or the lifelong knitter -- - or, of course, that 13yo boy!

Barbara said...

Sophie, everything's sexy to a 13yo boy! Way to go, Rachael!

R said...

That's awesome! It's awesome because your sex scenes are natural and hot and they are about two people coming together equally. That boy is going to be a hot feminist man who isn't afraid of a woman's pleasure.

L.G.C. Smith said...

OMG, Rachael I LOVE this post. I love that you made your wife nervous -- for one thing, how many of our spouses even read our books?-- and that she was so cute about it makes me want to hug you both. And as to your book under the 13 year-old's bed: priceless. His future lovers owe you. :)

Juliet Blackwell said...

Rachael, these are *awesome* compliments! Especially about the 13 y o, since they really suck at being polite. His interest was so obviously genuine! Love it. And I love the idea that he'll find knitters hot from now on ;-)

Stephanie W said...

That made me laugh (so) out loud! Had to share with my hubby. And *maybe* I'll start sharing my books with MY 13 year old son. I would LOVE a knitting daughter-in-law!

jill said...

That's... that's...

That's........... just adorable.

That's all.

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