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Friday, November 26, 2010

GUEST BLOG: GALE STANLEY

Romantica! It’s not your mother’s romance.


The times they are a-changing.

Back in the good old days I was forced to read my mother’s True Story and True Confession magazines under the covers with a flashlight. And between the covers of the magazines I was held spellbound by romantic dramas that ran the gamut of adultery, unwed pregnancy, disease and even rape. But those tales of sex and sin pale in comparison to today’s romance novels.

The prevailing definition says that a romance must focus on the developing relationship between the characters. Oh, and there must be an emotionally satisfying happily ever after. Otherwise the stories themselves can be in any subgenre, such as contemporary, historical, paranormal or science fiction.

Today there’s a new subgenre in town, erotic romance, sometimes referred to as romantica. It’s an uninhibited blend of romance and erotica that takes the sexual heat to a whole new level. Some people tend to confuse erotic romance with porn. Nothing could be further from the truth. Where porn is written strictly for titillation, an erotic romance is first and foremost a love story. It has a good plot and well-developed characters that go through hell. Somehow they overcome the conflict and obstacles and it all ends happily for them. How does romantica differ from a traditional romance? There’s greater emphasis on the sex scenes. Now, we can open the bedroom door, and let the readers in so they can experience the culmination of all that sexual tension that’s been building up since chapter one.

The sex scenes are fun to write. The biggest challenge is to keep them unique and fresh so they don’t start to sound like an anatomy lesson or a list of how-tos. I try to focus on the characters and their personalities. Their emotional response and sexual chemistry add a whole new dimension each time they come together.

We’ve come a long way. I think it’s great that the barriers have come down and writers can deal frankly with social and sexual mores and give the readers what they want. Of course if my mother were still here, I’d still be hiding my books under the mattress.

Gale always loved to read and write but real life got in the way, and she put those dreams aside. In alternate lives, she was a laboratory technician, a real estate sales person, a surveyor and a CAD manager. Now she has the best job in the world and she doesn’t mind living vicariously through the smokin’ hot alphas and strong heroines she loves to write about.

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5 comments:

Gale Stanley said...

Hi. I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving.
We all ate way too much and today is day one of my new diet, but I love Whipped Cream and I'm thrilled to be here. Thanks for having me. Gale

Julia Barrett said...

I'm like you, I love to write erotic scenes. I have so much fun! Remember Peyton Place? I wasn't allowed to watch!

Michele said...

I also focus on the emotions of the characters when I write the erotic scenes. Otherwise, I just can't get into them. I saw Peyton Place a few years ago, and I didn't think it was bad at all. My parents weren't into censorship, so I read lots of steamy stuff from when I was probably too young, and I saw lots of movies where things went right over my head. LOL- I guess this career was inevitable.

Gale Stanley said...

Yes, I loved Peyton Place. And I managed to read lots of steamy stories even though my mother didn't know about them. LOL I think it's great that we can be more open today.

Maeve said...

Chiming in late here, Gale, but I wanted to pop in and tell folks that it takes a truly gifted writer to pen a smokin' hot love scene. We've all read the dreaded purple prose or the "insert tab A into slot B" excerpts. Your books have the reader cheering for the hero and heroine and exhaling with a satisfied sigh when the two finally get together. Well done!