Vampires and werewolves in love are normal in paranormal romance — so how does an author bring something new to the table? For author Michele Hauf, that means exploring a different facet of werewolf sex. That’s right: werewolf sex. Read Michele’s guest-post to find out h0w she pushed the boundaries in her new book, Moon Kissed…
That subject line got your attention, yes? Maybe it made you crinkle your nose a bit, and wonder just what the heck some of these romance books are getting into nowadays. When it comes to writing and reading sex in romance novels we all have our ‘safe zones’ and ‘heat levels’ that we are comfortable with. Sex in romance ranges from sweet kisses and promises to sex only after marriage, to closing the bedroom door once the couple starts kissing, to showing some naked body parts and strokes and caresses, to all-out full-explanation, hold-back-no-details sex.
I confess I fit somewhere in the middle of all that when it comes to reading. But sometimes I’m in the mood for sweet, and sometimes for something more steamy, so I’m glad for the variety offered.
Within the paranormal genre of romances, the sex follows the same levels of show-nothing to show-it-all, with the added twist that some of the main characters might not necessarily be human. In fact, they may not be in a human form for sex, which can really push boundaries. Writers don’t want to offend readers, but as well, they want to remain true to the story and the world they have created. Vampires may bite and drink blood during sex. Werewolves, well, sometimes they look like a guy, sometimes they might be a bit beastly. And demons and dragons and all other sorts present interesting sexual adventures.
I’ve always kept my heroes and heroines in human form for sex. Vampires, don’t you know, prefer that form (though they do bite, and that’s a lot of fun). But for my first werewolf hero I realized, when I came to the pivotal sex scene, that in order for him to completely bond with his mate that it was very important for his breed to have sex with her while in werewolf form. That meant half-man, half-beast. He’d be hairy. He’d have claws. He’d have a very wolf-like head and a snout, though his body would be much like a mans. He would just be…more.
I also realized that this may offend some readers. Heck, it kind of offended me. But I’d already fallen in love with the hero and heroine, and I knew their hearts. This would be a challenge for them, but they desperately loved one another so I couldn’t deny them. But again, I couldn’t help but wonder who would cringe if I actually wrote this scene. So, I emailed my editor, thinking if I asked her about doing this scene she’d for sure say ‘No!’ and then I’d be saved the worry.
My editor thought the idea a great challenge for the hero and heroine. (!) So I wasn’t off the hook. I had to face my own fears and explore this touchy situation.
I like sex scenes in novels. But I also believe they should move the story along. When two people are falling in love the sex can be very emotional, and those emotions are important to the story. So I wrote the scene: werewolf mating with his human mate. And it worked for me. It bonded the couple emotionally and physically, and I was glad I’d done it. But I did it the way I was comfortable with presenting it, and that was to figuratively close the bedroom door on the couple before they got too into things. (Although, they were outside, so no doors, but you get the idea.)
So I hope my leap into werewolf sex doesn’t freak anyone out. It’s very tame, I think. And it was interesting to explore a side of myself that was a bit leery to offend. We writers know we can never please all readers. And wouldn’t that be odd if we did?
So what about you? Obviously you’re a fan of paranormal if you’re reading this blog. Do you think paranormal fans are more willing to read and accept some of the more ‘out there’ scenes because heck, we’re reading an altered universe anyway?