Why isn't there more sex in mysteries? Discussion today at the Kill Zone

Do mysteries have enough sex? Bestselling suspense author Eric Stone poses that question today at the Kill Zone. Read the post.

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Comment by Kathryn Lilley on April 13, 2009 at 10:31pm
I write softboiled mysteries, so no sex (or nothing too exciting) in those!
Comment by Dwight on April 13, 2009 at 11:49am
I'm working on a short story that morphed into a novella that may be morphing into a novel, and it's only the second story i've written with a sex scene. This time I made sure to be more....descriptive, so its not just 'sex' but 'sexy.' More importantly, I had to work it into the theme of the story/novella/whatever, which was a good challenge also.
Comment by Jack Getze on April 13, 2009 at 6:58am
And where the heck is Kathryn? She started this.
Comment by Jack Getze on April 13, 2009 at 6:57am
I might be wrong about shelter.
Comment by B.R.Stateham on April 13, 2009 at 6:46am
Balance. It's all in the balance--and the balance should lean more toward story-line and moderately about sex. Don't exclude it. But decide for yourself--as the writer--just what is this ploy used for.
Comment by Jon Loomis on April 13, 2009 at 5:04am
After shelter? Really?
Comment by Jack Getze on April 13, 2009 at 2:51am
Since our lizard brains think of sex right after air, food, and shelter, I think a story without sex can't tell you as much about the characters.
Comment by John McFetridge on April 13, 2009 at 1:39am
Most books I read could use more sex. Jon's first book could have used more sex, so I'm glad to hear he's corrected this.

Sex is a great way to get deeper into characters, pardon the pun, but it's when you see them at their most naked. Of course, that's the reason we avoid sex in books, many people are afraid of sex and of the naked emotions that are exposed through sex.

There's plenty of sex in my books and once in a while it's there for character development ;)
Comment by Jon Loomis on April 13, 2009 at 1:06am
Mine have way too much. Especially the new one.

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