I have two reactions to writing sex scenes. So much fun, oo-la-la! And—Ugh, intimacy. I mean, I enjoy reading these moments in novels. But writing them makes me squirm sometimes. Also, it's really overwhelming to think THIS BETTER BE GOOD OR READERS WILL HATE EVERYTHING. It's so much pressure. But it doesn't have to be.
When I think about good stories, stories that last with me long after the last page was turned, it’s often the characters that stick with me. I feel I could know them inside and out as much as the people in my life. What they like and hate, how they would react to any situation, and the key to their happiness.