Today’s guest blogger is an amazing writer and one of the loveliest, most genuine people I’ve ever met and I love her like cupcakes – BETH WILLIAMSON!
It’s all about the chemistry
My first full-length contemporary erotic romance hits the shelves July 6 from Berkley Heat. Am I nervous? Hell, yes, I’m nervous. My comfort zone was blown away for this book and that’s the reason I love it so much. You see, it’s all about the chemistry.
A writer knows when their hero and heroine don’t match up. The story is flat and difficult to write. But when the chemistry mixture is just right, then look out because the story flows like the Mississippi River.
That was the case with UNBRIDLED. My heroine Alex had been hiding from who she really was for 10 years and when she returns home (a la prodigal daughter), she runs smack into Connor Matthews. He lights her fire, so to speak. 😉
From the moment they meet, there’s fire. The attraction instantaneous. That’s when a writer knows they’ve mixed up the right batch of romance. This is particularly important for the more sensual, or erotic, variety. And I don’t mean just physical attraction either. Half of any great sex is the anticipation, the mental foreplay between the characters until you’re just as “ready” as they are. 😉
I always tell people if I don’t squirm in my chair when I write my stories, then I know the reader won’t squirm in theirs when they read it. Hey, that’s a good rule of thumb and it’s always worked for me.
Something else I’ve always insisted on is the emotional aspect of a story. A really good one makes me laugh, cry, get angry, rejoice and take a journey. It’s that connection between the reader and the story. Guess what I call that? Yep, you guessed it, chemistry!
Each time I crack open a book, either an e-book or a paper book, I am ready to take that journey, ready to dive into the world the author has created. If I feel like I’m stranded on the train platform watching the story chug away on the tracks, then I’m an unhappy reader.
I don’t want that to happen to any of my readers. So I put my heart, soul and blood into every word I write. It’s a piece of me that I’m putting out there for the world. I hope y’all take the time to give UNBRIDLED a read and let the chemistry fly.
Today’s Question: Speaking of chemistry, who are some of your favorite couples from books?
I’ll choose a winner tomorrow morning and post it up over at Tracy’s blog! Good Luck, everyone!