In the second of our "RunningWithQuills.com Week (and Two Days)" of GuestBlogs, please welcome our girl, Suzanne, as she dishes about a subject near and dear to our hearts.
I’ve had Sex with a capital S on the brain this summer. I’ll explain why in a minute.
Early in my career I considered myself cutting edge when it came to the love scenes in my romance novels. At the time I was writing for Dell Ecstasy and Silhouette Desire (the latter as Suzanne Simms.)
In the years since then I’ve written and had published more than forty books: category romances, a few historical romps with plenty of sex and humor, even some serious books with neither, including THE GOLDEN RAINTREE, set during the era of World War One. (TGR is still many readers’ favorite).
But in most of my romance novels I viewed sex as a necessary component, along with a strong sense of place, a wonderful hero and heroine, and what I call my “Iowa corn-ball sense of humor.” (Yep, I’m originally from Iowa.)
In the late 1990's, St. Martin’s Press published my “Man” series: single title contemporary romances with dashes of humor, a few poignant moments, and lots of sex. (The funniest of the bunch, imho, is LADY’S MAN.)
In 2004, I moved over to Berkley, my current publishing house, with another funny and sexy contemporary romance, SWEETHEART, INDIANA. But it was while reading a review for the second book set in my fictional town that I had an epiphany: I was no longer writing cutting-edge sensuality. In fact, my book had actually been described as a “sweet romance.”
I’ll tell you I was stunned. Even speechless. (A rare occurrence in itself.) I called up my friend and fellow Quill, Jayne Ann Krentz, and said: “Tell me the truth, Jayne, have I gone soft on sex?”
I already knew the answer, of course. I had! Times change. The paradigm shifts. Writers reinvent themselves out of necessity or to stay fresh. And I’m going in an entirely new direction with my writing, so new that I’ll be using a pen name to be officially announced this fall.
My hero — the most fascinating man I’ve ever created, a man I’ve been wanting to write about forever — will tell his story in a vampire paranormal romance, NIGHT LIFE, to be published by Berkley in April 2007.
I’ve come full circle in ways I never dreamt I would or even could. I’m back writing truly sensual books, books with plenty of Sex with a capital S.
A question for the Bellas: If it’s well-written and appropriate to the story, do you like your romance spiced with plenty of sensuality?
Visit Suzanne at SuzanneSimmons.com!
Encore! Thank you, Susan Andersen, for visiting with us Friday! We hope your tour will be ab fab!