Romance Rocks 2014 Presents…


Things heat up on the track on Sunday when Kate Belle takes up the flame on Track B, Session 5, Sunday 10th August with her workshop in writing convincing sex scenes.

Get Your Rocks Off: Writing Convincing Sex Scenes

Feel the fear and do it anyway!
This workshop is an abbreviated version of Kate’s day long Eros in Action workshop. It will give authors a new way of thinking about and analyzing their sex scenes. Kate will show people four practical tools to assist them to write better and more convincing sex scenes through understanding their characters and the purpose of the scene in the narrative. Kate is hopeful people will walk away with greater confidence in tackling this all important subject in romance writing.

Your Presenter – Kate BelleKate Belle

Kate is a multi-published author of dark, sensual love stories. THE YEARNING was released in 2013 to rave reviews. Her second novel, BEING JADE, will be released in June 2014 (Simon & Schuster Australia). She’s an avid blogger on The Ecstasy Files blog and creator of Eros in Action writing sex workshops.
Kate holds a tertiary qualification in chemistry, half a diploma in naturopathy and a diploma in psychological astrology. She lives, writes and loves in Melbourne, juggling her secret affairs with her male characters with her much loved partner and daughter and a menagerie of neurotic pets.

What prompted you to put together this workshop for “Romance Rocks”?
Romance is all about sex! Well, it’s where the romance usually ends up, so it’s important to get it right. Many authors get awful squeamish when they front up to a sex scene, even though it’s the whole point of romance. They’re afraid of getting it horribly wrong, or of revealing something intimate about themselves, so they avoid it or gloss over it. The good news is there is a way of understanding a sex scene that helps authors avoid the common pitfalls and cliches. And it doesn’t matter whether you keep the bedroom door open or not, the principles of establishing a lusty connection between two (or more) characters are the same.

Will there be hands-on exercises or audience participation?
Ah! ‘Hands-on’ and ‘participation’ aren’t the sort of terms I generally use when talking about this workshop. Set your minds at rest. There will be no embarrassing blush-filled moments. This is a workshop about writing, not sex. It can be helpful for people to bring along one of their sex scenes to refer to throughout the workshop, so they can apply the information immediately and ask clarifying questions. There will be plenty of opportunity for questions and open, comfortable, fun discussion about what works and why. Oh, but there will be a general knowledge sex quiz – so dust off that old copy of Masters & Johnson.

Do you use examples (from your own books, other books, movies etc)?
There are so many wonderful examples of great erotic writing it would be sinful not to share some of them. Even just for the cheeky joy of reading out the word ‘cock’ to an audience of women! Yes, there will be examples from the pro’s to demonstrate the information, but reading out loud isn’t mandatory.

Which members will benefit most from this session?
Anyone who feels their sex scenes are suffering from cliché or the ‘cringe’ factor or perhaps their sexy bits just need a bit of freshening up. Experienced and newbie writers alike have attended this class and reported they got something new from it. So forget the embarrassment and get along, you never know what you might learn. *wink*

Anything you’re particularly looking forward to at the 2014 Romance Rocks conference in Sydney?
Delivering Get Your Rocks off to a wildly enthusiastic audience? That and meeting up with old buddies and making some new ones. And attending my first Published Author Day. And talking endlessly about writing and books and love and – oh stop me gushing, please!

What is your latest/current/upcoming book release and where can members find out more about you?
My latest novel, BEING JADE, is available from all the good bookshops (and probably a few bad ones) from June 2014. BEING JADE is the tale of solid, reliable Banjo, who is killed in a hit and run accident after walking out on a furious argument with Jade, his wild promiscuous wife of twenty five years. After his death Jade falls into deep depression and her daughters, Lissy and Cassandra, discover her ‘book of lovers’, an artistic diary of Jade’s affairs. Banjo’s spirit watches as Lissy tries to unravel the truth about her parent’s marriage, all the while tormented by one question: Did Jade love him above all others?
My first book, THE YEARNING, is still kicking around and my MASTER OF LOVE series, featuring hot-blooded lover Ramon Mendez, will be re-released this year – not sure when or where, but stay tuned to my links below to find out.

Twitter: @ecstasyfiles
The Reading Room:

Being Jadebeing_jade_COVER_HI_res small

A tragic death. A family divided. One truth can set them free.

Banjo Murphy is killed on the night he finally walks away from his wife Jade after twenty five years of adultery. In the aftermath, Banjo is bewildered to discover he still exists, and in despair he watches Jade collapse into deep depression and his daughters, Lissy and Cassandra, struggle with their unexpected loss.

Lissy is tortured by the mystery surrounding her father’s death. What compelled Banjo to leave the night he died? Why won’t Jade talk about what happened? Despite their volatile relationship, Lissy believes her parents’ love to be enduring, but sensible Cassandra sees things differently. When Cassy discovers a sketch book chronicling Jade’s affairs, the truth of their parents’ relationship begins to unfold and Lissy’s loyalties are divided.

Searching for answers, Lissy contacts Jade’s ex-lovers. Watching from afar, Banjo aches as he discovers what these men meant to Jade – until Lissy’s quest with Jade’s long line of lovers uncovers an explosive truth …
One that will finally set her family free.




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