PhotobucketI love writing in my hero’s point of view. I’ve had reviewers say my female characters aren’t fully fleshed out, but more often then not, readers and reviewers love my guys.

I sometimes think much of my brain is wired like a guy. I’m visual when it comes to sexual stimulus. Not unheard of, but unusual for a woman. I love math and science. (just kidding) And I’m all about solving problems. Though unlike a guy I can multi-task and I am a good listener. LOL!

I’ve often wondered if I was a guy in another life and it’s just kind of translated over to this one. But that’s a blog for another time.

My point here is that there has been a lot of talk recently about Ellora Cave’s new line of erotica that they will be launching soon. The stories will definitely have less emphasis on the romantic relationship and much more emphasis on action, adventure and sex. I’m sure EC isn’t looking for its authors to write pornography. Not sex scene after sex scene with little rhyme or reason to the purpose of them. There will still need to be a story.

But I suspect they’re not necessarily looking for the emotional connection between characters that most women want when they’re reading erotic romance. I don’t think they’ll want the dialogue during the sexual encounters. And the descriptions of sensations should be detailed and explicit providing the visual cues without the visual.

I’m thinking of writing a story for this line. But I’m not sure how it will be received by heterosexual men. I know I can write the suspense and action, it’s just that I’m not sure if I can pull myself away from the romance aspect enough to create a story men will enjoy. I mean, I’m not even sure what I would do with the lovers if they didn’t end up at least with a “happy-for-now” ending. Hmmm, that’s interesting. How do men want the stories to end? With a detective that’s just a free wanderer? Or with a pretty steady girlfriend?

And then there’s the question of whether or not men will even buy sexy books written by women.

What do you think? Would your significant other buy an erotic story that’s not really porn, but a super sexy action novel? Because you know me, I’m always curious about stuff like that.

0 Responses to Through a Man’s Eyes

  • I think it’s a mistake to assume men don’t want romance. I think men are sensual creatures, it’s not all wham, bam, thank you ma’am, except when you’re a hormonally charged teenager.
    Yeah, action, adventure – all good and all have been done with romantic suspense. I know my husband likes a great romantic suspense with an emphasis on the sensual, tactile romance.

    • Julia – Hmmm, I guess I didn’t mean no emotional relationship, but looking back at my post, that is what I said. I guess I’m just saying sensual and connected yes, but I do think women readers want much more of the emotion that I think would be toned down for a male oriented story.

      I read a lot of Clive Cussler. Definitely a man’s writer. His hero has a love interest, but the relationship is confusing, messy and not well defined and definitley percolates in the background of the suspense plot. I think that’s more how I think I would write these stories.

  • Nina – go for it. I suspect the results will be very interesting.

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