I write romantic fiction. There are a few hot scenes because sex often happens between adults in romantic relationships. But there are other reasons to write them:1. In the bedroom, characters show another side to their personality. Traits are accentuated - strength, vulnerability, history, control. Sometimes new traits become apparent.
2. If a couple make love, it impacts upon the relationship dynamic. Good sex can build intensity.
3. Bad sex can raise all kinds of conflicts. It can be a mistake for a character to make, revenge, a set up, an abuse of power (blackmail and sex are good partners), a weapon, a disappointment.
4. Sex changes everything. You can't unhave sex. The change is there to stay.
5. The consequences of sex, such as pregnancy or falling prey to a disease, being found out, can be huge.
6. Sex can make characters newly vulnerable to external conflict, such as old flames returning or fragile trust destroyed.
7. Characters can act badly over sex. Drunken aberrations, cheating kissing and telling, causing embarrassment or shame, not calling when they should, treating the event lightly.
8. Emotions that travel along with sex can be intense. Joy, disgust, love, loyalty, pain, anxiety, regret. They can drive a book's plot.
9. Sex provides powerful character motivation. For all of the above reasons, sex can be good for the plot.
10. I write hot heroes. Hot heroes have to have hot sex. It's the law ...
Sue Moorcroft's sixth novel with Choc Lit, Is This Love? is now available as an ebook and will be available in paperback in November.
Sue Moorcroft writes romantic novels of dauntless heroines and irresistible heroes. Love & Freedom won the Best Romantic Read Award 2011 at the Festival of Romance and Dream a Little Dream was nominated for a RoNA in 2013. She received three nominations at the Festival of Romance 2012, and is a Katie Fforde Bursary Award winner. She's vice chair of the RNA and editor of its two anthologies, published by Harlequin.
Sue also writes short stories, serials, articles, writing 'how to' and is a competition judge and creative writing tutor.