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Writing First Times
Writing a character’s first sexual experience is a fun challenge, because it truly is unique to each character. You have to take into account their past, their mind set at the time, any lingering baggage they have over sex itself (be it from past abuse or religious upbringing). And also, there’s the other factor of who their partner is.
In Come What May, Jonas isn’t technically a virgin. Ask him, and he’ll tell you all about the girls he banged in high school and college—mostly to prove to himself how straight he was. But all of his sexual experience with another guy amounts to a locker room hand job that he was on the receiving end of.
Jonas knew he was gay since he was a teenager, and he spent years stifling it. Ignoring it. Acting out and being as straight he can possibly be. So when Tate finally pushes through his walls and gets Jonas to admit it, it’s like a whole new world opens to Jonas. A world of self-acceptance and, yes, sex.
Now Jonas looks at sex with Tate through the wide eyes of someone experiencing a miracle. A parched man getting his first drink of water. Coming home and realizing you belong there. He’s eager and nervous and awestruck, because that’s all based at the core of his character—a repressed soul experiencing freedom for the first time. And doing so with someone who truly cares.
Embracing his sexuality was far different for Tate than for Jonas. They came from extremely different backgrounds, and Tate’s family life forced him to grow up very quickly. He has no rosy memories of his first time giving head (a transactional encounter) or having intercourse (two guys getting off in a hurry with no feelings involved). So when he’s presented with Jonas, a virgin in all things gay sex, he is desperate to make it good for Jonas. To show Jonas everything he’s been denying himself.
Knowing and showing how both men feel about the encounter are what make writing these sexual discovery scenes such a joy.
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Reviews of Arthur's Previous Novels:
No Such Thing (#1) -- TBQ
Stand By You (#3) -- TBQ
The Truth As He Knows It (#1) -- TBQ
The World As He Sees It (#2) -- TBQ
The Heart As He Hears It (#3) -- TBQ
Getting It Right (#1) -- TBQ
Finding Their Way (#2) -- TBQ
Taking a Chance (#3) -- TBQ
Come What May (#1) -- TBQ
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