Writing sex scenes is a special skill which I do not have. I have used such scenes sparingly in two of my novels and only when I felt they fit with the plot and when added they clarified the motivations behind some characters. But sex sells. One only has to look at the success of “Fifty Shades of Grey” and the popularity of erotic films and porn sites on the internet. I must admit marketing was partly behind the decision I made when adding them to my novel “Victim of Compromise” but I still maintain that the scenes played a greater part in making the central characters more rounded.
The sales of DH Lawrence’s “Lady Chatterley’s Lover” sky rocketed during a famous court case to overturn its ban and, more especially, after it became legal to buy in the UK. On reading it I feel it would be a much lesser book if the explicit sex scenes and the language used to describe them were omitted. Now that the Lady Chatterley milestone judgement has passed there are many contemporary writers who excel in the genre of modern erotic fiction. One such author is Harmony Kent whose novel “Back Stage” I reviewed in my last blog. I confess that, despite my past endeavours, I am not one of them.