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Quintette of Questions: SE Gilchrist

Quintette asks writers five quick questions: and this interviewee for Adventurous Hearts is SE Gilchrist.

SE Gilchrist

Awakening_Final compressed for web pages1.     What’s the name of your latest book – and how hard was it to pick a title?

My latest released book with Escape Publishing was Awakening the Warriors. I have a hot, sci fi single title coming out with Escape Publishing in February 2014, called Star Pirate’s Justice. On the indie side of my writing life, this week I indie published an erotic, post-apocalyptic novella titled Storm of Fire and last month, Dance in the Outback.

I love picking the titles and usually can’t move forward until I’ve made my choice. I want the title to indicate the genre, the main topic or theme and a hint of author voice. I can spend quite a few hours fiddling about until I feel I have it exactly right.

2.     If you could choose anyone from any time period, who would you cast as the leads in your latest book?

I always find this type of question very difficult, as my characters are not based on any known person. But I guess for Awakening the Warriors, I’d go with Essie Davis who plays Phryne Fisher in Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries to perfection. The warriors she ‘awakens’, lets see, how about Sam Worthington as Jerrell and Kiefer Sutherland as Quain.

3.     What five words best describe your story?

Fast-paced, steamy, fun, desperation and danger.

4.     Who is your favourite fictional couple?

Amelia Peabody & Radcliffe Emerson.

5.     What song always makes you cry?

Louis Armstrong’s What a Wonderful World.

About SE:

SE GilchristSE can’t remember a time when she didn’t have a book in her hand. Now she writes stories where her favorite words are …’what if’ and ‘where’?

Her writing features stories in the romance genres of futuristic/sci-fi, fantasy, ancient history and post-apocalyptic. She has now added contemporary rural romance to this list. The heat level of her books varies from scorching to sweet and everything in between.

SE is published by Momentum Moonlight and Escape Publishing and is an indie author.

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Heart Beat #2: Awards for Bad Sex Writing

British literary magazine, Literary Review, has awarded its Bad Sex in Fiction award to Manil Suri for his comparison of sex and supernovas/superheroes in The City of Devi. I suppose congratulations of some sort should be offered, or commiserations at least.

Having relatively recently become a writer of erotic fiction, I can attest to how difficult it is to write a passably good sex scene. In real life, sex can be awkward and messy, and it certainly can be lustful and animal, yet in fiction we want to portray it as loving and transcendental.

Or do we?

In romantic fiction there is I think a natural desire to write the physical act as filtered through the emotional import, but sex scenes (as opposed to love scenes) serve a variety of purposes, and some of those purposes are to show sex as awkward, base and animal. Sometimes, too, the point is to convey affection, or fun, or reluctance, or differences in status. They can also portray violence, danger, desecration and terrible harm. In fact, sex scenes, like any other scene in a book, can be used in a lot of different ways to tell a story.

Before the award was announced, The Age’s Linda Morris wrote about the award generally, and included some interesting comments from bookseller and erotic writer Krissy Kneen. Kneen points out that context is important in judging whether or not a sex scene is bad. Perhaps the sex is meant to be bad.

But, to be fair, the winners of Literary Reviews’ awards aren’t apparently writing about people having bad sex. The awards are for writers whom the magazine has judge to have poorly described the sex (good, bad or indifferent) that the characters are having.  Erotic and romantic fiction are not eligible for the award (I don’t know if that should be ‘eligible for’ or ‘subject to’) – only works of modern ‘literary’ novels are in the running for this dubious accolade.

Perhaps, as John Purcell points out in Morris’s article, the problem is that writers of mainstream fiction are just not used to conveying the erotic and find themselves taken by surprise when they have to write such scenes. Certainly, I did a lot of writing exercises before I felt confident enough to submit explicitly erotic material to my publishers.

Perhaps we should encourage ‘literary’ writers to read more erotica. Or to write less of it.

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