Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Love Scenes Need Passion, Not Technical Know-How

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Love Scenes Need Passion, Not Technical Know-How

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Byline: Cherie Curtis

SANDY CURTIS smiles when she remembers a male friend telling her that her written sex scenes were so hot that he had to "hold her books with asbestos gloves"- and yet his 85-year-old mother loved them.

"I had to gently point out to him that he wasn't the result of an immaculate conception," the well-known Bundaberg thriller author said.

"This man had no problems reading the violent scenes in my books - and I discovered that male readers had more problems with the sex scenes because of the emotional intimacy between the couple more than the physical intimacy.

"It was as though they felt the male character's vulnerability as he fell in love with the female."

Famed for her often vicious ends to good and bad characters in her murder mysteries, Mrs Curtis said writing violent scenes was often easier than writing about sex.

"We've all seen movies that show fights, car chases, killings, and there is a lot of information available on bombs and weapons that can help a writer with this," Mrs Curtis said.

"But writing a sex scene isn't easy, especially if you don't want it to read like an Ikea instruction sheet -'fit tab a into slot b'.

"It's important to show your readers what the characters are feeling so the reader can relate to them and care about them - we all care about people who are falling in love."

In contrast, romance writer Louise Cusack said she found action scenes harder than the love-making.

"Like most women I've had sex but I haven't wielded a sword," she grinned.

"I guess sometimes it really is a case of 'write what you know'.

"Besides, I've always been squeamish about violence, so it's no wonder I find it hard to write.

"I'm more likely to write a scene at the end of a battle where you see the gory conclusion but not the fight that caused it. …

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