We have another excellent post today from Megan Hart! 50 Shades of Sensuality continues with Vanilla, a new novel from Megan Hart that was released just yesterday, February 24, 2015 from Mira/Harlequin. Please welcome Megan here today!
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DFT: How did you learn to write good sex scenes? The descriptions and the positions? Was there a lot of research involved? More importantly, did you apply these techniques off the page?
Megan: I think I learned to write good sex scenes the way I learned to write any good scene. Description. Evoking emotions. Moving the story forward through the use of a love scene should be no more or less important than any other kind of scene. What makes a good sex scene, to me, is getting inside the characters’ heads and emotions and eliciting and emotional response in the reader. I do research sex scenes the way I research any scenes in which I’m not sure of how, exactly, the process works. However, I’m blessed with a vivid imagination and that also helps!
DFT: Why do you think people flock to erotic? Do you think sexy stories sell?
Megan: Sexy stories definitely sell. I think people enjoy erotic work for a whole bunch of personal reasons, some I couldn’t begin to fathom. Anything that gets the heart racing is fun — reading an erotic story featuring things that you wouldn’t do in real life is as exciting in many ways as reading about rock climbing (if you don’t do that) or anything else, really. And if you like romances, stories about people connecting with their hearts, well…connecting with their bodies makes it all the more fun!
DFT: What’s the difference between erotic fiction and porn? Do you think people get the genres mixed up?
Megan: People who don’t read erotic fiction often assume it’s the same as porn. I’ve heard that porn is “visual” and erotic fiction, written. But I don’t agree that’s the only difference. To me, porn is truly in the eye of the beholder. What might be mildly sensual to one reader is outright hardcore porn to another. For me personally, the difference between erotic fiction and porn is the intent of the creator — my work is intended not to only stimulate the reader’s sexual response, but also an emotional one. If I were writing porn, I’d aim for titillation and not much else. That’s the difference, for me.
DFT: Could you please tell us about the very first erotic story that you wrote?
Megan: It’s been a long time, but the first erotic story I can specifically remember writing was a “true life” confession I sold to Playgirl magazine for $25. It leaned more toward porn, to be honest. I wrote other stories in that vein before finally writing what I think is probably my first full length erotic novel, Passion Model. It was based off a short story I’d written, it’s science fiction erotic romance, and I still love the concept to this day. Sex bots!
DFT: Can you please describe your characters from Vanilla and what your book is about?
Megan: Vanilla features Elise, a woman who knows what she wants and how to get it. She likes to be on top, no apologies about it. With a lover who broke her heart in the recent past, she’s turned to a sex only relationship with Esteban that fulfills her kinky dominant needs, but not much else. When she meets Niall, a man who is definitely not a submissive guy, she does her best to stay clear. Niall, on the other hand, pursues her and despite her wariness, Elise finds herself falling for a guy who shouldn’t push all her buttons but does. Vanilla explores labels and the things that make us who we are, both in and out of the bedroom, and how it’s possible to be kinky in a lot of different ways that can even vary from partner to partner.
DFT: What is your most outrageous/crazy sex scene and where did you get your idea? (This can be from any book you have written.)
Megan: I’d say the most outrageous is a fantasy sequence in my novel Broken, in which the hero tells the heroine a story about him being with three women (or is it four, I forget) at the same time. It’s pretty over the top and not very realistic! I don’t remember where I got the idea, just that it worked for the story.
Elise from Vanilla, speaking of Esteban, her submissive lover
DFT: Describe your lover in three words.
Elise: Delicious, acquiescent, mysterious.
DFT: What does your lover do to instantly turn you on?
DFT: Where is the most unique/crazy place you have had sex?
Elise: We’ve mostly been together in hotel rooms, which allow us to explore everything we want to do. Not too crazy or unique, but definitely satisfying!
DFT: If you could have your lover dress in anything you want, and we do mean ANYTHING, what would choose?
Elise: Lace garter belt and fishnet stockings with a seam, a pair of raspberry lace panties with a teal bow and the marks of my lipstick on his belly.
DFT: Leather or lace?
Elise: Ooh. Both! How can you choose just one?
DFT: What is your idea of a romantic date?
Elise: Dinner, movie, dancing. I’m kind of old fashioned in that respect.
DFT: What is your lover’s idea of a romantic date?
Elise: Doing whatever I tell him to do.
DFT: What is your favorite body part on your lover?
Elise: His hip bones.
DFT: Foreplay or roleplay?
Elise: Again, can’t I have both?
DFT: Yes or no to being tied up?
Elise: Oh, I’m not the one who gets tied up. He is.
DFT: Underwear – Yes or no?
DFT: Between the sheets or on top?
Elise: On top. Always.
DFT: My lover tastes like _____?
DFT: My lover smells like _____?
Elise: Dove soap.
DFT: The sexiest noise my lover makes is ___________?
Elise: The way he says “yes, ma’am.”
DFT: My lover’s sexiest article of clothing is _______?
Elise: My panties.
DFT: The hottest thing my mate has ever said to me is ________?
Elise: You wanted me to touch you.
DFT: Porn movies or magazines?
DFT: Hot Summer days or cold Winter nights?
Elise: Summer days.
DFT: The quickest way to turn my mate on is by ________?
Elise: Locking the door and telling him to get on his knees.
Megan Hart has written in almost every genre of romantic fiction, including historical, contemporary, romantic suspense, romantic comedy, futuristic, fantasy and perhaps most notably, erotic. She also writes non-erotic fantasy and science fiction, as well as continuing to occasionally dabble in horror.
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Available February 24, 2015 from Mira/Harlequin
About this Book:
It’s an acquired taste…he just has to acquire it
Elise knows what she wants in the bedroom, and she makes sure she gets it. Her thirst for domination has long been quenched by a stable of men only too happy to bow down before her.
But sexual satisfaction isn’t the same as love, and she’s been burned in the past by giving her heart too freely.
Niall is handsome, smart, successful and sweet—sweet as vanilla. When they meet, their romantic connection is electric, even though he’s way on the opposite end of the kink spectrum. Despite how she fights it, Elise falls for him—but how can a relationship work when both lovers want to be on top?
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