Conference Spotlight ~ Nicole R. Murphy

Welcome to another of our Conference Spotlights from the DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER conference.

Nicole Murphy has been a primary school teacher, bookstore owner, journalist and checkout chick. She grew up reading Tolkien, Lewis and Le Guin; spent her twenties discovering Quick, Lindsey and Deveraux and lives her love of science fiction and fantasy through her involvement with the Conflux science fiction conventions. Her urban fantasy trilogy Dream of Asarlai is published in Australia/NZ by HarperVoyager. She lives with her husband in Queanbeyan, NSW.

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At Diamonds Are Forever, Nicole is presenting a workshop aimed at unpublished writers called TURN UP THE HEAT: HOW TO WRITE STEAMY SEX SCENES 


There are few scenes harder to get right than a sex scene. It needs to sizzle, to be sensual, intimate and emotional and it needs to be anatomically possible. Look at how you use character, setting and language to create a scene that will satisfy while also being true to the creed of every scene needing to move the story forward.

Writers will look at good and bad examples; language and metaphors; how characters influence sex scenes, the realities of sex and how not to get carried away.

Tell us about yourself in 10 words or less.

Writer. Editor. Wife. Creative. Convention organiser. Bad housewife.

Have you presented sessions at previous conferences, for RWA or other organisations? 

I gave this session for the first time at last year’s Romancing the West, held in conjunction with Swancon science fiction convention in Perth. I’ve also given a full workshop version of this session at the ACT Writer’s Centre. I’ve done other workshops at ACT Writer’s Centre, at Conflux science fiction convention and at the New Zealand National Science Fiction Convention. I was a primary teacher in my first grown-up job and so teaching and helping people is something really important to me.


What prompted you to put together this workshop for “Diamonds are Forever”?

Because I think positive and thorough portrayals of women’s sexuality is an important thing for a romance writer to focus on. We can do something really valuable in terms of allowing women to feel all right about being sexual beings by making our sex scenes real, and strong, and among the best scenes in our books.

What will participants take away from this session?  

Writers will have a greater understanding of the skills required to write a good sex scene (including all the senses, being true to character and reality, ensuring the scene is part of the story); writers will have a better knowledge of the facts of fictional sex.


Will there be hands-on exercises or audience participation?

Hmmm, audience participation in a session on writing sex scenes… A little, in that I’ll be sharing examples of scenes where it’s done well, and scenes where it’s not and I’ll get the audience to help in reading them aloud, so it’s not me yammering on all the time. There will be hand-on exercises and we won’t have time for those during the session, but I’ll be happy for people to do them afterwards and then get in touch with me to discuss and get some feedback.

Which members will benefit most from this session?

People who haven’t written a sex scene before, people who lack confidence in writing sex scenes or people who’ve been told their sex scene just isn’t steaming up the page. There are definite skills to writing a good sex scene and I don’t think there’s a reason for anyone to not be able to write a good one.

What is your latest/current/upcoming book release and where can members find out more about you?

My latest book releases were the Dream of Asarlai trilogy – urban fantasy romance published by HarperVoyager here in Australia and New Zealand. You can find out more about those books, and the other things I write, at

Thank you, Nicole.


Our next Conference Spotlight is with Bronwyn Parry on 10th March.

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1 Comment

  1. LOL on the audience participation question, Nicole.

    Another great workshop coming up!


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