Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Guest Author: Shiloh Walker

Shiloh Walker, author of Broken, has been kind enough to stop by Reading with Tequila to tell us about writing sexy scenes.

Let’s talk about sex, baby…

Isn’t that a song…

So. Here’s the deal…sometimes doing a guest blog can totally fry my brain. I hate talking straight promo. Hate just saying…here is my book, go buy it please…even though, yes, I really want you to go and buy it, and buying it during release week would make me very happy, and it would also make my editor happy, which in turn would make me even happier, especially right now because I’m talking to her about some new books. But I’m rambling.

But straight promo is boring as hell and coming up with different and unique things to talk about? During release week?

Ummmm…well, my brain often shuts down during the week I’ve got a book out. Really. I think I even came up with a syndrome doctors could use for writers during release week. Except I forgot the name.

But my blog host today was kind enough to offer a topic…sex.

That dirty word.

Hey, I can talk about sex.

And um…there’s some hot sex in my new release…just so you’re warned. If you don’t like explicit sex scenes…well, go buy it anyway…*G* remember that make me happy, make my editor happy thing? Plus, it’s got a really good romance, promise…

Anyway, about sex.

Jennifer mentioned:
Do you find sex scenes hard to write? Any tips for making steamy scenes believable?
Do I find sex scenes hard to write? In general? No.I say in general, because from time to time, there’s always going to be a scene that’s harder than the others. Often that happens because I’m pushing it too hard, or because I’m tired, or I’m stressed about something else.

Or maybe it’s because it’s the wrong time in the book.

Maybe it’s because the scene is for the wrong reason in the book.

I love hot, well written sex scenes-love and adore them, but they can be added for the wrong reasons and if the scene isn’t coming along well, what I need to do is step back and make sure the scene is there for the right reasons.

So there is tip # 1 for making scenes believable.

Tip # 2…no way to be blunt about this, but…don’t just put it in there because everybody else.

If whatever you are writing about doesn’t float your boat, and you’re doing it just to be cutting edge, hot and kinky, but secretly, it doesn’t really work for you, very often, that comes through. I can’t tell you how many scenes I’ve read that were stilted, awkward, or came across as plain forced and I couldn’t help but feel the writer was trying to be trendy.

Trends are important.

But guess what? The story is more important. Write the scene as you feel it needs to be written. Think about what works for you, because if it doesn’t really work for you as a writer, it’s not going to work for your style and that comes through in the story.

#Tip 3…who writes hot? In your opinion, what writers write hot? Read them. A lot. Figure out what it is about their work that appeals to you and see if you can’t find inspiration from that. That isn’t to say TAKE THEIR WORK, btw. It means…get inspired. Reading is kind of fuel for the writer, after all.

And since I’ve got a book out this week, and I’m guest blogging to promote it… *G*, I’m going to throw out the blurb for that book…BROKEN.


Quinn Rafferty is working as a bounty hunter and bail bondsman in St. Louis when a new neighbor catches his eye. He’s tempted by her beauty—but he knows from experience that anyone desperate enough to live in his building is damaged goods. Besides, he has his own soul to mend before he can worry about anyone else.


Sara Davis is on the run, but not for the usual reasons a woman goes on the lam. She’s not an abused wife, and she’s not a criminal. But she does have a plan for her future. And as much as she finds herself attracted to her gruff, tough neighbor, she can’t risk telling him the secrets she’s hiding. There’s just too much at stake.

Driven to desire…

But Quinn must get closer to Sara when she turns out to be the target of his new missing persons case, and he discovers that there is something more complex and dangerous to her than he thought. Now, both Quinn and Sara will have to expose their true feelings—as well as their fragile hearts—if they hope their love will survive…

Thanks to Jennifer for letting me drop by.

Shiloh Walker

About the Author

Shiloh Walker has been writing since she was a kid... she fell in love with vampires with the book Bunnicula and has worked her way up to the more...ah... serious vampire stories. She loves reading and writing anything paranormal, anything fantasy, but most of all anything romantic. Once upon a time, she worked as a nurse, but now she writes full time and lives with her family in the Midwest.


  1. I know what she means when she talks about reading some sex scenes being stilted and forced. They annoy me more than anything.

  2. I loved this blog post! Definitely good tips to follow

  3. Jess, a badly written sex scene is like a death knell for me-that and bad dialogue. I can ignore typos and I can suspend disbelief, but bad sex and bad dialogue are harder. Now BORING sex, i can skip over, but bad sex? Harder to do that with.

    Thanks, Elizabeth!

    Jennifer, thanks for having me!

  4. Great interview! I agree that a sex scene has to fit within the story to make it good, just throwing some sex in there cause that's what you think the readers want can hurt a story. Also I have to say - make your description believable - sometimes I feel myself think..people can't turn that way in that position right? hehe..I love your books Shiloh and thanks for the post reading with tequila!

  5. BELIEVEABLE...YES. Make it believable.

    Terms can be tricky, too, but that's almost another post in itself. Using something that's too clinical can mess up a scene, and a lot of readers are thrown by phrases/words that strike them as too crude.

    Eeek. Tricky ground there-like I said, that's almost another blog post...

  6. I word sex got my attention ;-) I am very interested going to the authors site now. Great interview Jennifer.

  7. I had to come back to say I LOVED the excerpt, I'm sold....

    Thanks for sharing Shiloh, by the way your name is beautiful, very unique.