25 May 2012

Joely Sue Burkhart: The challenge in writing a menage a trois.

The challenge in writing a menage a trois.

In a really powerful romance, there has to be enough real, believable conflict between the hero and heroine that the reader has to wonder how in the world they're going to get together. Yes, we know it's a romance and so we're guaranteed a happy ending, or at least a happy for now...but it's the rollercoaster ride that we crave. Will they get together or not? Who's going to be devastated by a secret, betrayal, or doubt? How can they work out all their differences and find a way to be together?

Now think about trying to work out a relationship between THREE people. Of course there's inherent conflict from the beginning. Who's going to feel jealous? Who's going to walk out first? Are they all attracted to each other or not? In a modern day world where even basic marriage rights are still argued in America, how can they figure out a three-way committed relationship?

In Yours to Take, Vicki is at the center of the menage. She has a prior -- very fiery -- relationship with Elias that ended three months ago. The sex was good, maybe too good sometimes, but they fought over their jobs constantly. They wrestle each other for dominance and that's the way they like it. But it's also exhausting. Elias isn't a warm and touchy sort of guy and he has difficulty even finding words to say how much he cares for Vicki. His way of showing his love is to sit guard outside her place in the wee hours of the morning, even after they broke up.

When Vicki brings a homeless street artist in from the cold, her dominant tendencies are only exacerbated. But Jesse brings out her tenderness too. He's a snuggle bear. There's no fight with him -- he's perfectly willing to do anything and everything she says without question. She's in control without a fight, without any drama. But she fears that he doesn't have enough self assurance to stop her if she goes too far.

Then of couse there's Elias. When he comes charging in on his white horse, who's going to get hurt? Can he swallow his pride enough to accept another man in her bed, when he couldn't bring himself to apologize for walking out on her three months ago? When he's been sitting outside in his truck without ever knocking on her door?

It's definitely an emotional rollercoaster. But really, the best part of writing a menage....

Is figuring out where all those hands and mouths are going to wander. :-D

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Joely always has her nose buried in a book, especially one with mythology, fairy tales, and romance.

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  1. I would blush way too much to figure out where everything would go..in my mind, well that is another story

  2. Oh I blush too, Blodeudd. I joked that when writing Shiloh (the heroine in Hurt Me So Good) that I had to close my eyes sometimes and just type. It's fun stuff though, and I'd rather blush...and stay true to what the characters are trying to say or do than self-edit it out.

  3. Thank you so much for having me, Leontine!

  4. I totally agree, Joely, the emotions in a sexy menage are always pretty intense, and one of the reasons I love reading a romantic menage story so much.

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