I think that as a writer, the importance of being a reader cannot be understated. Reading gives me ideas. It changes how I see things or introduce me things I would not have known before.
I read for fun but under that I read to learn. Writing sex scenes for my books are a weird experience. Seeing how successful writers such as Nora Roberts, Christina Dodd, James Patterson and E. L. James does it allowed me to say, “Oh, well maybe I can use that word after all” or perhaps, “I could have my couples do that.”
Should it be graphic? Should it me chaste? Always good questions.
When I was writing the character “Catfish” in my book Through the Fire, I was worried about being to “creepy.” I expressed to a friend – Jeremiah Sammons, also a publish author, my concern. “What would people think?” I asked him.
He said to me, “Why the hell would you care. It a creepy-psycho in a book. You want your readers to have their skin crawled when they are reading. Do you think Stephen King worries about that people think?”
And so, “Catfish” was a weird and screwed-up as I could make him.