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Romance in the air . . .

I got an unasked-for critique (in person, not in a review) recently and it got me thinking. This person said he didn’t like how Zo acted when she was with Michael. I was a bit taken aback by this because I thought she was pretty much the same throughout Now (spoilers for Post Parcel ahead), Zo was under a hell of a lot of stress in her second mystery. There were a couple of places where she fell apart. I like to think if Michael hadn’t been there, she would have fallen apart on Jerry or Marie or Feliz.

I try to write my characters as people with full lives not being defined by their relationships. This is actually most difficult with Feliz because family is very important to her. She would do anything for her kids. Marie has bad luck with romance. This could be because of losing her dad at ten and a love/hate relationship with her mother and the society in which she grew up. Jerry adores his wife and kids. Michael is close to his mother and sisters, but estranged from his father (you’ll find out why in a future book).

This means, there’s a fine line to walk. There’s a balance that must be maintained. Relationships can be interesting, and can also be clues in solving a mystery, but too much time spent involved in relationships bogs a story down a bit. 

 

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Sex!

Now that I have your attention, hello!

I just put a review up on Goodreads about an urban fantasy book, and then, like I often do, started poking around for ideas of new things to read. Cherie Priest has another series (I’m currently on #4 of the Clockwork Century series, fun stuff). This second series involves a vampire cat burglar. I may pick it up, I’m not sure.

My reading is split between sf/fantasy, mystery/thriller with a generous sprinkling of spy vs. spy (or spy vs. his or her own government, a popular theme). Most recently, I read a book that was labeled Urban Fantasy (modern times, magic exists as do supernatural creatures. The most popular of these are, of course, vampires and werewolves.  It had a little too much sex for my taste. When reading a review about the aforementioned Cherie Priest book, one reviewer said it was bad because it didn’t have any hawt, smutty, sex.

The characters in the Bloody Murder books have sex, but I like to think it enhances relationships and isn’t completely gratuitous. To me, it’s a natural part of human existence and the circumstances can vary as much as the participants. As long as everyone’s consenting.  I don’t write romance, but romance is often an important part of someone’s life. Witness James or Marie, who regularly commit serial relationships. Zo hasn’t had as much practice, but considering how important Michael has become to her, it’s now a big part of her life.

Will there be more? Probably? Though one of the reviews I read of Post Parcel reads, in part,

Kate’s sex scene writing is really first rate — no heaving bosoms and sweaty descriptions — more is conveyed by letting the reader fill things in.

Tamara, thank you. I really appreciate the compliment. When I’m writing sex, I’m going for stimulating the senses much more than the organs. Erotica vs. porn, if you will.

Though isn’t the biggest sex organ in the body the brain?

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