Sex or Angst? by Gale Stanley
I write erotic romance—but I put the emphasis on romance for a reason. My stories may have a lot of hot sex scenes, but at heart, they’re love stories, filled with plenty of emotion and conflict.
Sometimes my fictional characters are based on real people, but often my heroes have fangs and fur. Who would have thought it? After all, vampires and werewolves used to be pretty scary creatures. When I was a kid they were monsters in horror movies, now they’re the stars of my lust-filled fantasies.
Back in the day, it was Lon Chaney as the Wolfman, and Bela Lugosi as Dracula, who captured my imagination. I was mesmerized by the way they portrayed their flawed and tormented characters. I always sympathized with them, and wanted them to have their happily ever after. Unfortunately, they never did. So I wrote my own stories, and my creatures of the night all had the happy endings I thought they deserved.
Maybe the movie producers felt the same, because vampires and werewolves started to become more and more attractive, and sexy as hell. Over the years these creatures of the night turned into real hotties. Now they’re all delicious man candy, arrogant—in a good way, and capable of bestowing multiple orgasms at a moment’s notice. Their animalistic nature, with its dark and dangerous vibe, gives them a definite edge over mortal men, and yet they still have the vulnerability that makes me swoon. Their tortured souls make them more human, and captures our sympathy. How can any man, or woman resist a character who’s a lethal predator one minute, a vulnerable man the next, and through it all, a possessive, and protective lover? I know I can’t. It’s an unbeatable combination.
When characters like this get together it usually means there will be some hot sexual encounters, and my books can get pretty steamy. I enjoy writing the sex scenes, and I think it’s great that we can be open about it. Getting physical impacts people in different ways and I can reveal a lot more about the characters’ feelings, and the connection between the partners.It brings another level of depth to the story, but to me the heat level isn’t the most important part of the story.
It’s still about the angst. Whether the characters are human or supernatural, male or female, I want to see them suffer. We’ve all experienced pain and heartbreak, and when the characters go through it, they become more deserving of our compassion and sympathy. We want them to earn their happy ending because overcoming all the conflicts and obstacles makes the big payoff at the end so much sweeter.
So what do you like to see in the stories you read—more sex or more angst? I’d love to hear your thoughts.