I had kind of an interesting question come up during the editing process on my second book, Dark Moon of Avalon. I’ve been saving this post until Dark Moon was out in the world–but now it is, as of September. So without being too spoilerishly-spoily, there is a wedding scene in the book. And the original draft of the story I turned in to my editor had the lights being blown out just as the bride and groom retire to bed. Then the next chapter starts with a scene of the two of them waking up together the next morning. Without, you know, any actual description of what has gone on in the bed between the lights going out and the sun rising.
My agent, when he read the draft, actually singled that out as one of his favorite parts of the book–that the sex scene, though obviously there, happened off stage, as it were, and was left for the most part to the reader’s imagination. But my editor came back with the response (I’m quoting from her editor’s letter), “sex is more than okay in this kind of book. If you’re comfortable, please feel free to go all the way.” So I had to decide: add an actual sex scene, or not? Here are a couple of the factors that ran through my mind: [Read more…]