Today, we’re featuring Brighton Walsh, author of Second Chance Charmer, the first book in her Havenbrook Series. Other books by Brighton include Plus One, Paige in Progress, and Dirty Little Secrets. You can find Brighton on Twitter at @WriteAsRain_, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and at brightonwalsh.com. As her website promises, her stories are sassy, sexy, flirty, and dirty.
Introducing Brighton Walsh
Brighton Walsh spent nearly a decade as a professional photographer before deciding to take her storytelling in a different direction and reconnect with her first love: writing. When she’s not pounding away at the keyboard, she’s probably either reading or shopping—maybe even both at once.
She lives in the Midwest with her husband and two children, and, yes, she considers forty degrees to be hoodie weather. Her home is the setting for frequent dance parties, Lego battles, and more laughter than she thought possible.
Welcome to All The Kissing, Brighton. Everyone loves a second chance romance. What was your inspiration for Second Chance Charmer?
SCC was sort of a mesh of a ton of different pieces of inspiration that came together perfectly. This one has been years in the making—almost since I first started writing. I had a bunch of ideas floating around in my head: first, a group of (at the time) three sisters, all with male nicknames. I had no idea why they had to be male, just that they did. Then, while listening to the acoustic version of Katy Perry’s The One That Got Away, a scene popped into my head—two high school sweethearts getting matching tattoos on the girl’s birthday. Then another scene came (the treehouse, for anyone who’s read). And when I finally started fleshing out the characters, realizing they were the daughters of a Good Old Boy who came from a long line of men, well, the male nicknames made sense. Writers’ brains are weird.
One of the writerly things you do so well in all your novels is sex scenes. What’s the most important thing to focus on when writing them?
Emotions, without a doubt. Sex scenes without emotions are just a bunch of moving body parts. I want my sex scenes to be hot, of course, but I also want character growth to happen in every single one—even if my characters don’t realize it’s happening.
Do you do anything special when you’re writing sex scenes, like play sexy music or write in the bedroom? Do you have to be in the mood?
Writing sex isn’t like having sex. I don’t have to prep for it or be in the mood—I just do it when I need to because it’s my job. I’ve done it in a crowded cafe, on my phone while in the pick-up line at school, in the living room while my kid was watching Doc McStuffins. As long as I’ve got ear buds and a privacy screen, I can write sex scenes anywhere. I do have a down and dirty playlist I like to have on when I’m writing sex scenes.
How do you decide what heat level you’ll write about in your romance novels?
They just all sort of come out scorching, LOL. I think it stems from the fact that I don’t like to read fade-to-black or sweet romances, so I don’t like to write them.
What advice can you give to newbie romance writers about writing sex scenes?
Read. A lot. Read all you can get your hands on and study those sex scenes. Take note of what words they use—what words pique your interest, what ones make you scrunch up your nose. Take note of how much emotion or narrative is mixed in with action. And before you write it, ask yourself why that scene is there. What happens to the characters during it?
What are you working on now? Will readers get to visit Havenbrook again?
Yes, they will! I’m currently working on book two in the Havenbrook series, and this summer I’ll be releasing a Havenbrook novella as weekly installments in my newsletter.
I love small town romances and look forward to reading more about the citizens of Havenbrook. Thanks again, Brighton, for sharing your latest project with us!
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Feature image via Brighton’s Facebook page.