So I write to music anyway, and all my books have their own soundtracks in general. Lately I’ve gotten more…sophisticated…with how the music’s handled. It’s cultural…it’s scene specific…and nowhere is it more noticeable than in my love scenes lately.
Now, I have two confessions to make. One – I am NOT a guy. <LOL> Shocker, I know. So how to get into a male POV in the most intimate of scenes when there’s nowhere to hide? Second confession – I stand in total awe of Lori Foster. Met her at a writer’s conference and was almost too overwhelmed to say hello. Love her. Envy her. She GETS guys. Her male POV scenes are both intimidating and inspiring.
So I started playing different music for my love scenes. I still use Enya and Kate Price for my female POV scenes. Soft, romantic, sweeping, full of emotion, a bit poignant. But they’re too just plain girlie – too sappy – for guys. Really. So I pulled out my two favorite guys – Jimi Jamison and Johnny Gioelli – and asked them for help. (No, not literally. If I ever met them in person, I’d probably embarrass myself by swooning.) But I listened to Survivor’s “Vital Signs” and Axel Rudi Pell’s “Ballads III” (and re-read Lori Foster) and thought about the differences between girl-sex and guy-sex.
What I didn’t expect (as an ignorant non-guy woman) was that there were nuances in guy-sex, too. Jimi and Johnny are on opposite ends of the spectrum. Jimi’s all newness and yearning, hopes and wishes, a bit of fear. Johnny’s more heat and intensity, very alpha, a bit dark. Jimi’s persuasion seduction. Johnny’s overwhelming seduction. So I played Jimi when Aryk seduces Verdeen for her first time in “Riever’s Heart,” and Johnny when Dax pins Maili to the wall in “Fyre Mountain.” I absolutely loved what happened both times!
My editor is somewhere in Connecticut shaking her head at the slowness of some of her authors. I’ve always done love scenes in the female POV because, well, that’s all I really know. But I’m branching out with the next two, getting more confident in the flip-side of that coin. I hope everyone likes the results.
Somewhere Lori Foster is laughing her head off at this…