Love Scenes in the Trees? Get Ready for Tara and Louisa!
Hi everyone. I’m Tara Lain and I write the Beautiful Boys of Romance. I’m so excited that I’ll be speaking at California Dreamin’ 2015 along with my friend, Louisa Bacio. We’re going to talk to you about writing love scenes that people won’t skip. By definition, if you write romance, you write love scenes. Your characters may just hold devoted hands or have sex on the dining room table. Either way, your readers need to read every word of that scene and feel they’ll miss something important if they skip a comma. That’s what Louisa and I get to explore with you in our talk.
If you’ve ever seen any of my books, you know that I write MM romance. I read my first MM book by accident, and was captivated by the fluidity, lack of gender roles, conflict of masculine archetypes, and exquisite combination of sexiness and heartfelt emotion that characterized this unique pairing. I was hooked and that was 25 books ago – most of them MM.
But whether you write MF, MM, or MMMFFFF (LOL), love scenes are love scenes. The gender and number of your lovers may impact where and how they come together, but not the basic rules of creating a great love scene (as we’ll discuss further at Cal Dreamin’).
In my books, I try to practice what I preach about creating great love scenes. One of those cardinal rules is to use what you have in your characters and plot to create unique, memorable venues, costuming, and other details that set your love scenes apart from the missionary position in the bedroom standard. (Not in every love scene, of course, just enough to add spice.)
My newest release — Canning the Center on Dec 17th – is a sports romance with a definite twist. It’s about a young NFL football player who hides the fact that he prefers men and then falls in love with a mathematician who moonlights as a drag queen! All through the book, the unique undergarments that drag queens wear add a bit of mystery and spice to my heroes’ love making. But I also introduce a hazing scene in the football locker room in which the rookies are required to wear garter belts under their uniforms for a game. Of course, I couldn’t pass up a love scene in which my 300 pound, 6’7” football center prances into the bedroom wearing his garter belt. My beta readers say it’s memorable!
In March, my next paranormal romance (Winter’s Wolf) comes out. I swear those guys never have a love scene indoors. Paranormal romances are a great excuse to create slightly wild and very attention-getting romance. All that fur! Have you ever written a book about a dancer? If so, I hope you took full advantage of the dancer’s extraordinary flexibility to add some spice. I actually have a paranormal romance in which one hero is a pole dancer (The Pack or the Panther). Consider the possibilities. And I’ve written love scenes in an extraordinary number of car models– including a Tesla Roadster. I think my most unusual love scene took place fully underwater in a book called Beach Balls! You should have seen me holding my breath while sitting at my desk trying to figure out what exactly was possible while scuba diving.
But I don’t want to give too much away! I hope you’ll join Louisa Bacio and me for our California Dreamin’ workshop on writing fabulous and memorable love scenes. Remember, even if your lovers barely touch lips, all these rules will still apply (well, maybe no garter belts!). I’ll see you at the Conference! : )
Tara Lain writes the Beautiful Boys of Romance in LGBT erotic romance novels that star her unique, charismatic heroes. Her first novel was published in January of 2011 and she’s now somewhere around book 25. Her best-selling novels have garnered awards for Best Series, Best Contemporary Romance, Best Ménage, Best LGBT Romance, Best Gay Characters, Best Paranormal Romance, and Tara has been named Best Writer of the Year in the LRC Awards. She is a member of RWA PAN and NINC.
In her other job, Tara owns an advertising and public relations firm. She often does workshops on both author promotion and writing craft. She lives with her soul-mate husband and her soul-mate dog near the California beaches where she sets a lot of her books. Passionate about diversity, justice, and new experiences, Tara says on her tombstone it will say “Yes”!