Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Last Trimester Blues
What I like best is she's her own person and is determined to live life on her terms, not those dictated by her condition. She didn't choose to become pregnant, by the way, but was impregnated against her will by an evil (now dead) husband. So here she is in her third trimester, very round and clearly with child, and she finds herself falling for a man. She's interested, and he's confused.
And here's the thing: she's having an uncomplicated pregnancy. My own were like that. I scared people by running, lifting heavy objects (and toddlers) and eating whatever I wanted once mild morning sickness had passed. I worked in a department where all my co-workers were men and I had them so flustered it was hilarious.
When a woman's belly enters the room before the rest of her, (most) men don't look at her and envision nights of hot steamy sex. Quite the opposite. Even talking about sex made my co-workers look at me for permission to proceed, as if they had somehow caused my unfortunate condition. But I can speak from experience that pregnant women aren't devoid of sexual interest. Heck, I was horny up to the start of labor pains.
I'm not sure if I'm going to have Adora have sex while pregnant. I'm more concerned about how readers will react than my ability to craft a hot sex scene. All those curves, the lushness, the round breasts and raging hormones make for sensuous description. But will readers buy a man being attracted enough to a woman to want to go there? They will if I can sell it.
So often in romances, sex is expected to culminate in the man claiming the woman through intercourse. This time, I think, Adora is going to claim him. He's already surprised at being attracted to her. He's in for the surprise of his life when she makes her move. Yeah. Game on.