After reading the recently published NANNYLAND, it became clear to us that author Jane Elizabeth Hughes knows a thing or two when it comes to writing a steamy scene between two passionate characters. As a result, we asked her to talk a little about what it takes to write a good sex scene and she reveals a key component that all aspiring writes should keep in mind. NANNYLAND- a delightful, romantic debut following a sophisticated Manhattanite who trades her fast-paced Wall Street life for the English countryside, and unexpectedly becomes a nanny to the children of a widowed British lord- is now on sale from Pocket Star! 


“I didn’t know you and Jerry have such great sex,” said my best friend, with more than a tinge of envy in her voice.

“Neither did I,” said my husband Jerry. He sent a speculative glance my way.

“Mom! I can’t read this stuff!” My (adult) daughter.

“EEUWWW!” My teenage daughter.

Writing sexy, romantic scenes is almost as much fun as the real thing. But then you have to deal with the reactions of those who call you Mom, Granny, or Professor – which range from appalled to amazed, with lots of embarrassed giggles in between. And my sex scenes are quite tame by most standards; lots of hard…uh, hands…and quickened breath and closed doors. I like to leave some of it to my readers’ imagination, which lets them join in the fun.

In books as in life, how two people have sex says a lot about their relationship. When Jordy has her first dance with John in NANNYLAND, she muses that “he danced much as he made love; he was fun, inventive, and highly skilled.”

And when they’re caught together in a rainstorm,

“We seem to have stepped onto the set of a Cary Grant movie,” he suggested. “Beautiful woman and virile man caught together in a rainstorm . . .”

I couldn’t help smiling; the firelight danced in his eyes and he looked so absurd in his tasseled bedspread. “So you’re Cary Grant now?”

“And virile, don’t forget.” He moved a little closer to me, and my body, so recently cold and shivering, felt suddenly heated with the warmth of his gaze.

Whew! Hot flash, anyone?

So you have to shed a few inhibitions to write a sex scene. But in the end…

         “Was it worth it?” Brenda asked, still giggling.

         I thought of John’s fair head on my pillow and his lean body lounging on my bed.

         “Absolutely,” I said, surprising myself.”  

Every woman, I think, should have the opportunity to create the perfect romantic dream at least once, even if it’s only in our imaginations.