Writer Dana Stabenow: ” Unless they are monks or nuns or charter members of Chaste by Choice, they are going to have sex, dammit”


File this under “amused” where mystery writer Dana Stabenow (spoilers) says in response to the varied reactions to the sex scenes in her Liam Campbell and Kate Shugak mystery novels (a repost from 2008 that she posted today):

Sex is a part of life, and it’s fun, or it’s supposed to be. Love and laughter make life worth living, and there will always be plenty of both in my novels. It happens that I write sex well. If I didn’t, this topic wouldn’t, er, arise. My characters are healthy, red-blooded human beings with all the natural instincts flesh is heir to. Unless they are monks or nuns or charter members of Chaste by Choice, they are going to have sex, dammit.

It’s only when sex is written really, really bad that I wish the bedroom door was firmly closed. Seriously. Otherwise, I have no problem with them. The sex scenes in her books were never overwhelming. I really do need to start her Kate Shugak series. Soon. I wouldn’t read the comments to that post as they are quite spoilerish I’m afraid re Kate Shugak series. You’ve been warned. Uh, Fire and Ice the first book in her Liam Campell series did come up once or twice in the comment thread. Some readers felt the protagonists were a little…too fast heading to the bedroom but then the two had a past romantic relationship. I agree. They should have waited. *eye roll*

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    • I like this about Dana’s writing. It’s not cringe-making like a lot of sex in books can be. A major agent in London who mentored my crime novel (as part of an award I won) refused to countenance any sex in crime fiction. Which is strange, when there’s so much violence! (Anyway I put lots of sex in my poetry!) And what’s this about waiting? Did the 80s and 70s never happen? Good grief! We’ve stumbled into a time machine set to 1950!

    • In my defense, that comment was said with sarcasm! In response to your critics. I love these books and find nothing wrong with them at all. I’m a Liam Campbell fangirl who is making time to read the Kate Shugak books – in order.

  3. i just discovered Dana’s books and am plowing through them like a mad person! I am on #5 of the Kate series and just last night finished Fire and Ice. The sex scene was totally appropriate where and when it was. I can’t wait to see what happens with these books.

  4. mapmakr says

    Love Dana Stabenow’s books. She gets it and gets it just right (and write).

  5. LaVonne Boyd says

    I love her Kate and Liam books and hope you are writing another bunch, I have finished your latest one, “Restless in the Grave” and ready for lots more. Love them all.

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