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TEMPEST: The Time Traveller's Wife meets The Bourne Series (Or, Time-Travel, Intrigue and Action: An Interview With Debut Author Julie Cross)



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Julie Cross is incredible. Her debut novel TEMPEST, about a time-travelling boy who tries to save his girlfriend, fronts a trilogy, and is set to be published by Thomas Dunne Books in January next year. Today, I'm lucky enough to have her here for some questions. So, I give you, Julie Cross.

TEMPEST is your upcoming debut novel and it sounds absolutely phenomenal! So, what can we expect from it?

What to expect from TEMPEST? Expect to hone your inner 19 year old guy because you’ll spend the entire three hundred and something pages looking at the world through Jackson Meyer’s eyes. He’s about to have his whole life turned over, shaken up, and twisted into knots. It’s a wild ride of action, romance, friendship and mystery.

I’ve been told the pace is fast and that the last one hundred pages are almost always read in one sitting. Since I wrote it, it’s harder for me to judge, but I remember throwing down those last 10,000 words in one day and feeling like I had held my breath the entire time I wrote the ending.

My writing style, in general, is light on description and back story and heavy on dialogue and character development. That’s the type of stories I usually like to read and I’ve heard a number of readers say the same thing, but I’m sure there are some who prefer a different style.

You've described TEMPEST as THE TIME-TRAVELLER'S WIFE meets THE BOURNE SERIES, but for teenagers. What elements did you integrate into your novel, or find inspiration in?

I can’t pin point exactly what inspired the plot of TEMPEST, though I’m sure people will have their opinions on where they think I got my idea from. Honestly, TEMPEST is just a big melting pot of the thousands of books, movies, and TV shows I’ve been exposed to over the years and then a little bit of my own crazy creative mind, combined with my editor’s vision for the book.

What I knew for sure that I wanted to do from the very beginning, was create a story with supernatural elements, but one that rides so close to that line of “reality” even the most reluctant fiction readers would have no problem slipping comfortable into the TEMPEST world for a little while.

From what I hear, the process of creating TEMPEST was rather unconventional, that it developed in phases with your editor? What can you tell us about that?

Yes, it is a very unique story. Basically, I had a manuscript with this same premise…teen boy witnesses his girlfriend’s death and has to jump back in time two years and meet her all over again and of course, prevent her future death. The two main characters even had the same names, but that’s where the similarities end. It wasn’t until a very nice editor at St. Martin’s Press rejected that manuscript…twice…and told me why he didn’t like it that I even thought publication was possible. Then, a month after rejecting my book, that same editor emailed me again and said he liked my premise and asked if I was up for tweaking. He and I started tossing ideas around, back and forth for days, which was the most fun I’ve ever had in my entire life. Then TEMPEST, as it is now, was born.

Through the excerpt I read through Entertainment Weekly, Jackson's voice was very authentic and I can only imagine the difficulty you must have faced in writing it. Did the male POV ever inhibit your writing along the way?

Yes, it’s very difficult writing from the male POV and I’ll be the first to admit that I had some failed attempts before perfecting Jackson’s voice. Knowing as much about his back story as I can helps a lot. Now, after all these months together, I feel like I know exactly what Jackson would do in any given situation. Sometimes I wonder how I’d do writing a guy that wasn’t Jackson. I think, with the opposite sex POV, I have to spend more time getting to know the character then if I were writing a female character. That comes more naturally to me. Either way, I’m thirty one now, so it will always take a good amount of effort to find my inner teen—boy or girl.

Your concept of time-travel is definitely unique. I was wondering if you were inspired by any other examples of time travel in fiction, or if it was more of a progression of ideas and your own perception? Did you do any research into the science of it, and if you did, did it better any struggle you had with maintaining the consistency of this power?

Well, I’m a big fan of Back To The Future, but my concept of time-travel is not exactly like that. First of all, time-travel in TEMPEST is biologically based meaning there’s no phone booth or sports car to help Jackson hop to another year.

I think the inspiration came from wanting to create a more relatable science fiction type story. Jackson isn’t using time-travel to jump back to the dinosaur age or see a World War live and up close, he’s only revisiting short distances. Because his abilities change and evolve over time the rules of time-travel can get really hard to keep track of and make sure I’m not creating plot holes. I have lists, charts, and tables that I use constantly as reference. The hardest part is keeping straight what Jackson knows versus what I know.

Most of the research I’ve done relates to the day, month, and year Jackson travels to. For example, I have to be careful with small things such as having Jackson jump back to a year when tokens were still being used on Subway and having him swipe a card in a machine that hasn’t been invented yet.

From what I understand of your road to publication, it was very topsy-turvy. Can you share what that was like for you in terms of pressure to perform?

Right now, I’m feeling some pressure for the first time mostly because St. Martin’s Press is awesome and is getting the book into lots of hands before the January 3rd release date. I’ve had such tremendous feedback and positive encouragement from early readers and now I feel the pressure to deliver an awesome second and third book. I’m determined to tell the best and most amazing story I can. I don’t want to let any fans down. That will always be the root of any pressure I feel.

I stumbled across your Dear Teen Me letter, and it really did make me think of time-travel. The perks and the consequences. Do you have any standing on how you view time-travel and how, if you were gifted with it, you would use it?

That is the question of all questions. I think writing that letter to my younger self helped me see that everything happens for a reason. Since I can’t change things, I have to assume everything that has happened in my life has led me to this point. And I think any change that time-travel may have on my main characters’ lives is also meant to be. But, of course there’s always those tiny little things that I’d love to fix instantly with super powers…like leaving the house five minutes earlier so I don’t get stuck behind that train, or choosing the fast lane at the super market…hmm…maybe I would use time-travel to help me get more time to write about it.

It is absolutely crazy that TEMPEST has been optioned for film by Summit before its release! Can you talk at all about this process and what your involvement may be?

The people at Summit Entertainment are so awesome and they’ve read all the notes I’ve given them and poured over several drafts and returned emailed questions I’ve had. There’s a very open line of communication flowing between all of us and I’m sure this will continue if the movie does actually go into production. But, despite what you might come across online or anywhere else, I won’t be writing the script, casting the characters, holding the camera, dying my hair blonde to audition for the role of Holly, or performing Jackson’s time-travel stunts (I’ve asked to be considered for this one but apparently others are more qualified). I’m just the author, but if they need me for anything, I’m always happy to help as much as I can. It’s still in the very early stages and finding a screenwriter and getting a script is the next step in the process before any other decisions can be made.

And I'm going to have to make you play the cast-your-characters game. On top of that, who would be your dream director?

I’m a MEGA fan of Glee so, Dianna Agron was the first actress to come to mind when picking a “Holly.” I love MTV’s top pick for Jackson, Logan Lerman. Since becoming semi-addicted to the TNT new summer show, Falling Skies I have to say, Drew Roy could also be a great Jackson.

Alright. Now, some rapid fire:

Favourite film? the Departed and Shawshank Redemption
Favourite novel? LITTLE WOMEN 
Character that you'd like to insert into your world? Hermione Granger. She always knows the answer and a whole lot of useful spells.
What keyword or theme in a blurb will immediately hook you? Probably that a book will make me laugh and cry. I'm a sucker for humour and emotional depth. If you can give me both, I'm sold.
Two features of a book that are most important. Complex characters. Strong voice.
Best title you've heard? THE DUFF by Kody Keplinger. Stands for "Designated, Ugly, Fat, Friend. When I first heard that title sometime in 2010 before the release, I had to read the book. It made so much sense and yet was so original at the same time.
The book concept you always wanted to read about as a kid? You can't make fun of me for this, but I LOVED stories like ARE YOU THERE GOD, IT'S ME MARGARET by Judy Blume. Anything that helped me figure out what the next few years would be like. When it came to puberty and growing up, I didn't really like the "wait and see" method. I wanted to read about someone going through those changes before I ever had to myself. As a middle child, I was never bold enough to ask questions. I'd rather just read it in a book.

And now I've just scared off any potential male audience I might have had for TEMPEST, haven't I? I promise there's no mention of menstrual cycles or training bras in TEMPEST.
Books you're dying to read this year? THE FUTURE OF US by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler!

Fortunately, I've been lucky enough to get my hands on early copies of most of the other 2011 books I've wanted to read...but coming up next year in young adult fiction: FRACTURE by Megan Miranda, Ally Carter's 5th book in the Gallagher Girl series, THIS IS NOT A TEST by Courtney Summer (my favourite contemporary YA author), A MILLION SUNS by Beth Revis, GONE, GONE, GONE by Hannah Moskowitz. Just to name a few notables.
Favourite guilty pleasure? Glee.
What scenes do you enjoy writing the most: action, suspense or romance? Romance! But don't worry, guys, there's all kinds of action and suspense.
Favourite superhero? Does the little girl in the movie Kick Ass count? If not, then I'd have to say Spiderman because I love the geeky guy characters and Peter Parker is exactly that.

Thanks so much, Julie! I'm dying to get my hands on TEMPEST and wish you all the success in your career. Have you got some last words of wisdom for writers out there?

Wisdom for writers? I’d have to say: love it. Love writing and let that be enough, no matter what the end results are. As Albus Dumbledore so wisely said, “It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.” And by that, I mean, don’t obsess over the market, reading agent blogs, going over every single rejection letter. Follow this model: Write. Read books in your genre. Edit. Revise. Submit. Listen to feedback. Move on to the next project. Write. Read. Edit. Revise. Submit…


I am so bloody excited for TEMPEST, and I'm sure that has gotten you all pumped or at least intrigued. So, why don't you check out some of the links below, including Entertainment Weekly's sneak preview.

TEMPEST on Goodreads.com
Julie on Goodreads.com
Julie's Blog
Julie on Twitter
Julie and TEMPEST on Facebook
TEMPEST preview on EW (First four chapters)





Cover Snobs Unite! (Or, YA Highway RTW: Favourite Covers)



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Pretty 100 per cent sort of certain that I have never participated in a YA Highway Road Trip Wednesday in any form but that of lurking on a Friday afternoon thinking "Well, Thursday's bluffable. But this is just slow". Anyhow, this "blog carnival" topic this week is Favourite All-Time Covers. And I've talked previously about my snobbiness regarding the physical appearance and/or first impressions of people books.

So, without further ado.



THE UNBECOMING OF MARA DYER has a similar floating feel, but the air of suffocation and constriction, as well as the crowded text just conveys this subtle darkness that really appeals to me.

If it were possible to marry a book cover and its premise, I would have been wedded to Julie Cross' TEMPEST a long time ago. I know many link this to HUSH, HUSH with the zero-gravity nature, but it's the entire composition that really links with the time-travelling premise of the novel. 


I was always rather indifferent to Beth Revis' ACROSS THE UNIVERSE, both in premise and in regards to the cover, but this edition just made me like it.

I'm pretty familiar with Elena Vizerskaya's art, and when I saw the cropping for THE WATER WARS of one of her prints, I was tres impressed. I love the vectors the water makes.
 

Like ACROSS THE UNIVERSE, I was always indifferent to the cover for THE FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETH while I was always intrigued by its premise. My lack of love for the previous cover is probably the single factor that prevented me from buying it over other books. I really like the strength of the colours juxtaposed by the ambiguity of the reddish could by a duster or a feather or a really impressive fan thing.

In contrast to all these pretty girls in pretty dresses under water or in fields, I really liked how THE PLEDGE conveyed the under the radar importance in the plot, and the darkness, but still maintained the underlying beauty. Like humanity under dystopian conditions. Oh, God, how pretentious am I?

 
The only thing that could make the vein map on the WARM BODIES cover cooler would be illustrations of anatomical GREY'S ANATOMY-type things as chapter headings. Oh, wait. There are those illustrations. And they are awesome.

It is a thing with me that I absolutely DETEST movie tie-in covers. The idea of some surly actress of the moment staring out at you and making everyone on public transport judge you when you're reading is just ugh. I've been known to spend an extra five dollars on Book Depository to just dodge the movie tie-in. But this is phenomenal. I love this movie poster/DVD cover/book cover with all my heart. Down to the colouring and positioning and font and everything, ONE DAY has to be on this list.

So, followers. How are we today? Have you got any favourite covers or all time favourites or covers that you like so much you bought the book despite the premise or writing?
 

ALTERED: Dollhouse Meets Prison Break (Or, Genetic Alteration, Erased Memories and Dystopia: an Interview Debut Author Jennifer Rush)



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Enter the gorgeous and delightful and talented Jennifer Rush. You might have heard of her through the blogosphere, whether through Twitter or Goodreads or even her blog or Tumblr. Her YA debut, a dystopian novel, ALTERED, is set to be published Fall 2012 by Little, Brown, and she just sold her Middle Grade debut BOT WARS. I got into contact with her recently, and she was more than willing to answer a series of questions. So, without further ado, I present Mademoiselle Jenn Rush!

ALTERED is your upcoming debut novel and it sounds absolutely phenomenal! So, what can we expect from it?

Besides it being a fast-paced thriller, with guns and secret identities and hot guys, it’s a story about relationships. When you can trust no one, the people closest to you become infinitely more important. The bond between Anna and the boys is one of the reasons I love the book so much. They are a family. As screwed up as it is!

You describe ALTERED as Dollhouse meets Prison Break. Could you identify what elements you integrated from these sources into your trilogy?

The show comparisons came from my agent. I’d never seen Dollhouse before she recommended it to me. And while I’d seen Prison Break, I wasn’t savvy enough to see the similarities! All I will say about the Prison Break comparison (because I don’t want to give too much away!) is that Michael Scofield uses his tattoo in clever ways. It’s more than just body art. Something in ALTERED is important in the same way. Is that vague enough for you? 

Haha, it's Lost-vague if that's any consolation. Now, on your blog, you suggest that ALTERED was inspired by Jason Bourne.  How did the films and the novels spark the creation of characters or plot or setting?

I love the Bourne movies. I love how eerily precise he is with everything he does and I always wanted to see more, know more about that character. But, on a more general note, I’ve always been a fan of action movies and I wanted to take that love to my writing.

ALTERED seems to have a focus on memory, and I was wondering how you came about experimenting with erased memories and genetic alteration. Did you research into the sciences behind it, or maybe looked into films and novels?

While I risk sounding completely lame, I must admit, I didn't do much research! The story really started with the characters. I knew Sam had no memory, but I didn't spend too much time researching the hows. I am the worst at science!

The concept of the all-powerful organisation or government is probably something that might crop up in the next year. What separates your Agency from the bodies of power we might come across, and what inspirations did you take to form them?

I think when dealing with any entity or organization, you’ll find in most cases (certainly not all!) that they’re run by greedy, ruthless people. And while that is true of the organization in ALTERED, I’ve taken a lot of time plotting the history of the Agency. I know who runs it. I know why. I know why they did what they did. Even further down the ranks, I know the backstories of some of the important department heads. What I hope is unique in ALTERED’s world is, these are not just villains. They are people with stories. And even if these details don’t make it into the books, I hope that simply by knowing the information, I’m able to breathe life into the characters.

In the spirit of dystopians, we have to touch base on the apocalypse. So, lately I've been starting to think that maybe the Mayans are right. Still hoping they're not. But, say they are: wackiest thing you can think of that you would do before the world ends. Go!

Good question. Let's see. If I had the means, and I knew no one would be hurt, I would drive like a mad woman through the streets in a really fast car. I love speed! And cars! My car of choice would be a 1967 Shelby Mustang GT 500.

God, I love that car. (But that's not the point) Anyway. I have some crazy respect for erased memories. Did it have any effect on how you characterised your protagonists?

It certainly played a role. Some of the boys want to know their pasts. They’ll go to great lengths to fill in the missing pieces. Some of the other boys don’t want to know. And I think there’s a part of us, some basic instinct, that will remind us of the things we’ve lost, whether consciously we know them or not. One of the boys knows deep down that the memories he lost were not very good ones. And he’s happy staying the way he is.

Undoubtedly, there is enormous film potential in ALTERED. (Fingers crossed!) If it were ever optioned, who would be your dream director and cast?

For a director, Len Wiseman. He's directed all the Underworld movies and I love them. He also did the last Die Hard movie. So he knows action! The cast is harder. I have no good picks for Anna, the main character. She's been the hardest to find a visual representation of. For the boys — Sam: a younger Henry Cavill, Cas: Garrett Hedlund, Nick: a younger Matt Bomer, and Trev: Milo Ventimiglia. 

And your agent? How was it that you came to work with her?

She had read one of my older projects (a paranormal YA) so I knew she was super nice based on that correspondence. I queried her with ALTERED, she requested a partial and from there it went on to a full request and then she offered to represent me.

Alright. Now, some rapid fire:

Favourite dystopian film? The Matrix
Favourite dystopian novel? THE HUNGER GAMES (Suzanne Collins)
Character that you'd like to insert into your world? Ethan from Vivian Vande Velde's COMPANION'S OF THE NIGHT
What keyword or theme in a blurb will immediately hook you? Shirtless hero. Okay, I'm totally kidding! But honestly, I don't read blurbs.
Two features of a book that are most important. Good tension between the characters. Fast pace.
Best title you've heard? I remember thinking Melissa Marr's first title, WICKED LOVELY, was brilliant. Titles are hard!
The book concept you always wanted to read about as a kid? I devoured any vampire novel I could get my hands on. I always wanted more. I wish I were a kid in today's market.
Books you're dying to read this year? LOLA AND THE BOY NEXT DOOR by Stephenie Perkins and BEAUTIFUL DAYS by Anna Godbersen.
Favourite guilty pleasure? Garlic bread with a Coke. Yumm!
What scenes do you enjoy writing the most: action, suspense or romance? Romance. 100 million per cent romance. I love the tension between the characters. I love the heat. The kissing! Give me a romantic scene any day.
Favourite superhero? While I can appreciate a good superhero move, I don't know too much about any single one. So, I'll have to take the action hero road and name Selene from Underworld. She's strong. She's sexy. She doesn't take crap from anyone. I'm a huge fan of that character.

Thanks, Jenn! I am absolutely thrilled for ALTERED and wish you all the success in your career. Have you any last words of wisdom for writers out there? 

Be patient. Learn your craft. And don't give up.
Thanks for having me, Nina!


And, curtain. I know for sure that I am getting pretty damn excited for ALTERED, and am really looking forward to seeing it unfold, you know, like when the cover is revealed and suchness. If you're interested, you might like to check out some links:

ALTERED on Goodreads.com
Jenn on Goodreads.com
Jenn's Tumblr and Blog
Jenn on Twitter

Get pumped guys!




On My Door Mat (Since the Mailman Likes to Invade Boundaries Established By Fencing)



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This is a legitimate change in a conventional title. Seriously. There are Pringles tubes with a wider girth than my mailbox, and I would like to say that my postman was not a total creeper and considered the etiquette in just placing packages atop the cube that is my mailbox instead of singing Queen continually, loudly (and tunelessly) right up below my bedroom window and placing them on my doormat. But I can't.

Ergo, my books arrive on my door mat.

Basically, In My Mailbox is a weekly-monthly-bimonthly-seasonal meme hosted by Kristi over at The Story Siren, and inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie. Some write on their blogs, some write on napkins, some podcast or vlog or comment or tweet I suppose. I, however, have decided that I talk far too much and so I will be vlogging mime-style and adding notes here. Now, due to the overwhelming lack of books that I have bought lately, these are all the books that I plan on doing things with that I have been neglecting.

So, without further ado: On My Door Mat I.


From Harpercollins:

  • ARC of HADES by Alexandra Adornetto (Which is not very advanced, mind you.)
From Penguin Marie Lu:
  • ARC of LEGEND by Marie Lu (Signed, too!)
From BookDepository.com:
  • GIRL IN THE STEEL CORSET by Kady Cross
  • RED GLOVE by Holly Black (Curseworkers#2)
Borrowed:
  • MATCHED by Ally Condie

In regard to plans, you can expect a character and feminism themed post on HADES, a rave review of RED GLOVE, MATCHED and LEGEND, and, with GIRL IN THE STEEL CORSET, a deconstruction of how superheroes don't seem to be relating across into YA fiction well at all. So, lots of fun. Also, I am planning either a giveaway of HADES or LEGEND. Maybe both.

Watching back, I keep looking at Robert Downey Jr. on the wall behind me. Egad!

I will refrain from posting another one of these ONDM (Look at that! Already got an acronym) until early October, due to the fact that I would like to throw all of my birthday books together in one go, and I won't be getting any in the mail on my door mat until then anyways.


So, what's on your door mat?

The Inevitability of Sexy-Time (Or, I Got the Moves Like Jagger. So, Yeah, This Is a Kissing Book)



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In this day and age, the broad scope that is sex comes with the YA territory. For example, contemplate the utter anarchy that follows Cassandra Clare's "Dirty Sexy" sneak-peak scenes. Kiersten White says something along the lines of or you can just go back to the kissing scenes in her acknowledgements section. I have noted a number of readers lamenting some books for their lack of sexy time or opportunities for fantasised fanfiction of such a nature. One could argue that any book, any television show, any movie, won't see any tremendous success without sex appeal. (And to further my point, this post shall be punctuated with images of Adam Levine. )

In my final draft of PRAETORIAN, I recently wrote, reviewed and rewrote a steamy scene between two characters that soon turned rather ironic and pivotal to the plot climax. Did I do it because I felt as though it were important for any possible sale of my book? No. I did it because my characters are just like that, and I found it stimulated a necessary amount of drama and character reflection-slash-growth.

So, if sexy-time is now an accepted technique for character and plot development, we need to get our sexy-time learning caps on, don't we? Surely, research-wise, we're all squared. You can't watch a comedy anymore without "sexual references" of a crude or not-so-subtle nature cropping up once or twice or...well, more. Quality television usually includes sexy-time, and some of our favourite movies do as well. We're familiar with, and probably have our favourite, scenes of a sexy-time nature. I mean, hell, think about the current regeneration of the Doctor in Doctor Who.


I'm certainly not saying that all YA should include sex. If it's irrelevant to the plot and doesn't help the story progress forward, then well, it's irrelevant. If its a part of characterisation, inference can a times elucidate a point better than you can graphically. But it's evident that the YA audience absolutely love the prospect of a steamy romance, even if it's only for a scene.

Just looking at what they're exposed to, your audience is going to have some idea of what is hot and what is not. I mean, Christ, I've never been kissed and I can string together enough of what I've been exposed to over the years through film, television and especially music videos to write a sufficiently steamy scene. Youth are youth. Kids will be kids. All that. The traditional means of allowing your couple to move about before the final, enormous kiss, is arguably a dying art. Sometimes, the audience can tell that your story was supposed to met this end. (And frankly, when I notice this, it irks me.) Steam is for steamy needs. If you have no steamy needs, use not the steam. 

Steamy scenes are highly visual, they're highly sensual. You need to transport your readers into your viewpoint character's skin, you need to make them feel every touch, gasp at every "sexy" move, yearn to tug your romantic interest against their bodies. I'm totally serious (even if I am incredibly perplexed with myself on why I chose to write about this topic). 

I'll use two of Cassandra Clare's teasers to stimulate excitement for her latest books. First, there is the Dirty Sexy Alley Scene in the recently released CITY OF FALLEN ANGELS, and then there is the Dirty Sexy Balcony Scene from the upcoming CLOCKWORK PRINCE. Both use the senses, limited description, and short fragments of dialogue which imply a desperation which the authors are attempting to transfer into the reader.

From CITY OF FALLEN ANGELS:

“Kiss me then,” she whispered, and he pressed his mouth against hers, their hearts slamming together through the thin layers of wet fabric that divided them. And she was drowining in it, in the sensation of him kissing her; of rain everywhere, running off her eyelashes; of letting his hands slide freely over the wet, crumpled fabric of her dress, made thin and clinging by the rain. It was almost like having his hands on her bare skin, her chest, her hips, her stomach; when he reached the hem of her dress, he gripped her legs, pressing her harder back against the wall while she wrapped them around his waist. 

He made a noise of surprise, low in his throat, and dug his fingers into the thin fabric of her tights. Not unexpectedly, they ripped, and his wet fingers were suddenly on the bare skin of her legs.

And, from CLOCKWORK PRINCE:

He reached up and unlocked Tessa’s hands from around his neck. He drew her gloves off, and they joined her mask and the hairpins on the stone floor of the balcony. He pulled off his own mask next and cast it aside, running his hands through his sweat-dampened hair, pushing it back from his forehead. The lower edge of the mask had left marks across his high cheekbones, like light scars, but when she reached to touch them, he gently caught at her hands and pressed them down. “No,” he said. “Let me touch you first.”

Did you notice anything? Did you pick up on anything?

Well, for one, they are not lengthy. You need to enrapture your audience, not bore them with a continual teasing. Especially if you're only going to have the couple interrupted, or if you're going to fade to black.

They all have an object they focus on, or a motif of sorts. You could use a mask, or hair, or a wall, or tights. Something to make the scene memorable, or to help you orient yourself amongst the many terms such as kiss and bare and mouth/lips.

What I was talking about before, you know, about letting your reader assume your protagonist's role? Notice how both excerpts use very few instances of names and whole lot of he and she? Yeah, that's the assuming going on. It allows you to transition into the scene and is definitely something I recommend if you're writing in third-person.


Now, that just about concludes our post.

It frightens me that I've only posted once during August, but I'm highly doubtful that the posts will be in abundance over the next month. Yearly exams. Shall be both tortuous and torturous.

I love to hear your comments guys, and all the emails I've been getting have been absolutely smashing, my dearest darlings. So, whack up a post below. How do you approach sexy-time in YA? What are your views on sexy-time, and do you have any particularly good examples? 


Til next-time loves!
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