Pick of the reading list this month has to be Angela Knight’s ‘Passionate Ink, A Guide to Writing Erotic Romance’.
For your reading pleasure, here’s some tidbits from the back cover blurb:
“If you want to enjoy the heat, then strip off your inhibitions and take a dip… into Passionate Ink.”
“Passionate Ink (un)covers the erotic novel from conception to completion. Straight talk, no purple prose.”
“…she’ll teach you what’s hard (besides that!) about making your erotic romance erotic…”
And for me, the book certainly lives up to the blurb. I loved this book for the following reasons:
1: Erotic romance aside, it’s an extremely informative and easy-to-read manual on the writing process from planning and plotting, to dialogue and prose, and right through to contracts, marketing and writing the dreaded synopsis.
2: It’s relevent (I think!) to any writer who write love scenes, so don’t be put off by the ‘erotic’ bit. For example in a section entitled Building the Romance within Love Scenes, Knight says: “Do not treat your love scenes as porn breaks in the middle of the story. This is a problem I see even among mainstream published romance writers. They know their editors expect a love scene somewher around chapter seven, so the just stick one in. The characters have a mechanical kind of sex that doesn’t really reflect the development of their romance or who they are as people.”
3: The humor! Who can resist section titles like this: Action, In and Out of Bed. Or a chapter entitled: Beyond BIFF and POW – Writing the Perfect Fight Scene. And this, under Dialogue and Prose that Sings: Silver-Tongued Devils. And my personal favorite for sheer honesty: Stupid Writer Tricks: Or, How I Spent Twenty Years Shooting Myself in the Foot.
4: The insight it provides into readers’ tastes. Knight includes a series of answers provided in response to a reader survey she sent out. Questions that are answered include:
-How important is sex in an erotic romance? Where does it rank in relationship to plot, characterisation and setting?
-What kind of sex scenes do you like to read?
-How long is a good sex scene for you? Three pages? Five pages? Ten?
-What do you think of the use of the three Cs in romance? How about the F word? Would you prefer the use of euphemisms, and if so, which ones?
-How important is a Happy Ever After Ending, where the hero and heroine end up together?
So what do readers want, like, dislike or laugh out loud about, when it comes to erotic romance? You might be surprised!
5: And lastly, because there’s lots of lovely quotes from the author’s books used as examples… which of course means I want to take them all off my shelf and indulge in a bit of an orgy – a reading orgy, of course!
Other reads this month include:
-Sins of the Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon
-The Power in the Storm by Tamora Pierce
-Midnight Alley by Rachel Caine
-High Heels and Holidays by Kasey Michaels
-The Fire in the Forging by Tamora Pierce
-Succubus Blues by Richelle Mead
-Empire of Ivory by Naomi Novik
-Lover Unbound by J.R. Ward
-Aerie by Mercedes Lackey
-Starman by Sara Douglass
-Perfume, the Story of a Murderer by Patrick Suskind