Let’s have “the talk”.
As you may know, I’ve got a new WIP – and it’s in the very very early stages. So I’m planning.
It wants to be YA. It wants to have a love interest develop. I’m going to have that love interest develop according to the plot and character requirements…but…I’m also keenly aware that the amount of descriptive heavy petting has a direct impact on the marketability of the book.
Here’s what I’ve found on the subject:
The writer’s perspective:
The parent’s perspective:
The bookseller’s perspective:
The reader’s perspective:
Well, I was one. Didn’t we all have a copy of some novel or another, with the spine cracked so it would fall open at the racy pages?
There is certainly a lot of discussion. A lot of points of view.
Thankfully, my WIP is not about sex. It’s about vulnerability. I think that will give my characters a certain…self-control. I’m hopeful it will result in tension. And tension can take you a loooooooong way.