Thank you so much for allowing me to visit your blog today! The thing I love most about writing romance is exploring character relationships.
There’s something intimate about watching two characters fall in love. Seeing someone struggle with their feelings towards another person helps us see that man or woman in a clearer light.
One of the toughest parts of crafting a story is knowing how people will react to intimate situations. What’s different about this couple and their intimate relationship? How do you capture their voice and make sure the scenes are authentic to who they are as people?
My favorite movie that does a phenomenal job of exploring this is Friends With Benefits. Two friends embark on an intimate journey and try not get entangled in all those nasty emotions. This movie is a great exploration of character.
And the intimate scenes are awkward. I love it! When the two friends bridge that gap to becoming something more, their first time is less than a fairytale. But it’s so authentic to who they are as characters and who they are to each other.
I love when people can be honest to an uncomfortable degree. Straightforwardness can really clear the path to a more interesting tale. And it also sets the stage for people joining together in a commitment because life isn’t always comfortable.
I don’t always think awkwardness is called for in all stories, and I don’t think Dray and Barrett experience any in Excuse My Fairy, but it is something I always think about when I’m writing.
Especially lately. I think… How can I make this more awkward? J But in my mind, I’m wondering how to add a little more human-ness to the experience.
We’re all strange and different in our own ways. We all like different things. When we’re writing stories about two people connecting so deeply, we have to remember that quirks are sometimes what bring people together.
What do you think about a little awkwardness in your intimate scenes? Does it throw you out of the reading experience, or do you relate a little more to the characters?
Her magic breaks all the rules. He breaks all of hers.
Draybeth is broken. Her fairy powers don’t work, her magic is completely dysfunctional, and not even her bad attitude and soft heart can win her back into Fairy favor. Exiled from their land, she struggles to make a life for herself in the human world. But when her bar burns to the ground and she meets one of the Impassables–the devastating Lawman Barrett–things become even more of a struggle. An arrest, murder, and abduction challenge everything she’s worked for, and worse, the Impassable Lawman appears to be her destined mate. But darkness stirs deep within Dray’s heart, and she’s not about to drag the gorgeous lawman down with her.
Barrett never expected to find himself mated to a fairy, let alone one with such a wicked temper and a short fuse. Being an Impassable, he should be immune to fairy magic, but Dray’s magic burns through him like lightning, just as everything else about her ignites him, body and soul. The fairy’s power over Impassables threatens everything this new realm was built upon, and as a Lawman, Barrett’s job is to make sure those threats are eliminated. But his feelings for Dray make him question just where his duty lies.
Kinley Baker has a terminally tender heart and an inconvenient sense of humor. She loves puppies and cries at celebrity weddings. Kinley believes that romance novels are the keys to world peace, because if you’re holding a book, you can’t be holding a gun. Kinley supports all supernatural lifestyles and believes “happy ever after” isn’t only for the normal. Her books Ruined, Denied and Freed are available now from Crescent Moon Press. Excuse My Fairy is available now from Etopia Press. Look for more in the Misbehaving Magics series and the final book in the Shadowed Love trilogy in 2013.