My latest column is up over at Romancing The Blog. I wrote this column in a total panic Sunday afternoon. I usually have my columns for RtB written weeks beforehand, but I've been in a bit of a creative slump of late. I just couldn't think of anything remotely interesting to say. Of course, you might read my column and think, "Keep trying Wendy."
In a nutshell, I'm wondering where all the "nice stories about nice people" have gone in the romance genre. I'm missing those "sweet" stories, but I want "sweet" without the diabetic coma. No idiot heroines. No clueless virgins. And for the love of all that is holy, don't throw in an out of place sex scene if it doesn't "fit." I can tell. Actually, I think most readers can.
I love erotica, and I love sex scenes - but they don't belong in every story. Sometimes the tension in the relationship between the characters is way sexier than any acrobatic, handle-bar sex the author can throw in. Pamela Morsi is a good example of how "hot" tension and PG-sex can be, when it's done right of course.
So I'm not saying "Down With Sex!" or "Sex Is Evil!" I'm just suggesting there is a time and place for it - and it doesn't belong in every single book. So go forth, read the column and comment away.