Piper Vaughn – Of Writing Sex Scenes and Blushing

Hi, all. Piper Vaughn here. 🙂 Thanks so much to Charlie Cochet for hosting me at the Purple Rose Tea House today, on the final stop of my and Kade Boehme’s Wood, Screws, & Nails blog tour.

Recently I had a friend ask, “Why do you still blush while writing sex scenes?” See, sometimes I admit to it on Facebook and post a status how a scene I’d just finished had left my face on fire, and I guess he’d been wondering. Maybe some authors become inured to it over time; maybe some of them never felt flustered while writing a sex scene in the first place. But, for me, well, the dirtier the scene, the filthier the dialogue, the harder I blush—and this is years after I started writing stuff that included explicit sexual content. I actually don’t think there’ll ever be a time when I get over blushing completely.

Wood, Screws, & Nails contains some of the most explicit stuff I’ve written to date—topped only by what I’m writing now, in fact, which is coincidentally a spin-off of WS&N. Malachi and Aaron have a rather explosive chemistry, and given that, I felt sex between them would probably be pretty scorching. So, unsurprisingly, when I got to their first sex scene, I found the characters saying and doing things that made my face get hot. Not because of any arousal on my side, no. This feeling was mostly embarrassment. I got shy for some reason, and the idea of people eventually reading these scenes made me both excited and mortified in turn. For me, it’s like some weird combination of pride because I think to myself, “yeah, this scene is hot, people will like this,” and a squirmy, uncomfortable feeling because “oh, my God, people are actually going to read this!” (Or so I hope.) I simultaneously want readers to enjoy the scenes while also wanting to keep them hidden forever. Bit of a paradox, I know, but I can’t always explain what goes on in this head of mine. It’s a complicated place. 😉

So, what about my fellow authors out there? Who else gets embarrassed and squirmy while writing an especially smutty sex scene? Anyone? How about you readers? Do any of you blush while reading? Inquiring minds want to know! And if any of you do read Wood, Screws, & Nails, be sure to let me know what you think. 🙂 It’s available now from Dreamspinner Press and other e-tailers. Also, don’t forget to enter our Rafflecopter giveaway for a chance at a $20 gift card. The winner will be drawn tomorrow!

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Aaron Costa’s summer was all planned. Despite having to remodel the family lake house, it would be a vacation of sorts, and he had every intention of enjoying it—until the friend who was supposed to help him got injured and left him in a lurch. He decides to take the opportunity to bond with his son and hires Julian and his roommate, Malachi, to assist.

As a broke college student, Malachi could use the money, and spending the summer with Aaron for eye candy sounds like a dream. “Look but don’t touch” becomes his motto. But when Julian starts flaking on his responsibilities and Malachi and Aaron are forced to spend long hours alone together, their mutual attraction is impossible to resist.

Aaron can’t fight the temptation sexy Malachi presents. But more than their age difference stands in their way, not the least of which is Aaron’s semi-closeted status and the fact that he’s never openly discussed his sexuality with his son. He has no idea how Julian will react when he learns his father is not only gay, he’s also dating his best friend. 

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Piper Vaughn wrote her first love story at eleven and never looked back. Since then, she’s known that writing in some form was exactly what she wanted to do. A reader at the core, Piper loves nothing more than getting lost in a great book—fantasy, young adult, romance, she loves them all (and has a two thousand book library to prove it!). She grew up in Chicago, in an ethnically diverse neighborhood, and loves to put faces and characters of every ethnicity in her stories, so her fictional worlds are as colorful as the real one. Above all, she believes that everyone needs a little true love in their life…even if it’s only in a book.

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Kade Boehme is a southern boy without the charm, but all the sass. Currently residing in Seattle, he lives off of ramen noodles and too much booze.

He is “the epitomy of dorkdom”, only watching TV when Rachel Maddow or one of his sports teams is on. Most of his free time is spent dancing, arguing politics or with his nose in a book. He is also a hardcore Britney Spears fangirl and has an addiction to glitter.

It was after writing a short story about boys who loved each other for a less than reputable adult website that he found his true calling, and hopefully a bit more class.

He hopes to write about all the romance that he personally finds himself allergic to but that others can fall in love with. He maintains that life is real and the stories should be, as well.



  1. Piper, I just love your excerpts and the little insight into your mind. Thanks for sharing! 😀

  2. thedifferentdrummer

    OH GOD. STORY OF MY LIFE. Which is hilarious because I reblog you so much on Tumblr. I really don’t write intentionally graphic scenes (and boy howdy I used to!) but now some of my current projects are more on the explicit side and I seriously end up blushing like a freak. At the same time I’m the master of writing filth in public spaces. Like college hallways while waiting for classes or in the living room while my father is watching NASCAR. LOL

    Protip: Hide your face with a hoodie and a ballcap. I seriously do this. No lie.

    -Lex Chase

  3. Hi Piper! Thanks so much for stopping by! I don’t get squirmy or embarrassed writing sexy or smutty scenes, but I know it would be a whole other story if I or someone else read the scene out loud. If someone started to talk to me about one of my sex scenes, I’d probably go all red in the face. LOL. It’s always the shy ones, right? 😉

  4. It all depends on how I’m feeling. the other day I was writing one and my son came in the room and it gave me an icky feeling to be doing that. But sometimes I’m all jazzed up to get them going. Of course one time I over did it and wound up with 3 penises and only two men. thank God for beta readers! LOL I tweeted this for you!! Great post

  5. *grin* I don’t blush when reading sexy scenes – I just wonder how on earth the writer can come up with them!! 🙂 and then I *blush* in commiseration…
    *Hugs* for writing some lovely stories!


  6. I’m sure I would still blush at writing sex scenes, too. XD

    I really enjoy reading your Tweets and being a part of your Facebook group. :3 Thanks for the giveaway!

  7. Sex scenes always makes me blush! ^^;;

  8. Thanks again, Charlie, for having me today! <3

    And thanks to everyone for commenting/following the tour. The support is much appreciated. (And I'm glad to read I'm not the only person who blushes. :P)

  9. Sounds like a very cute book!

  10. My first story I’m publishing doesn’t have any sex at all but I blushed a bit at the kissing scene. 🙂 I have 3 other WIPs that will have sex and I haven’t quite gotten to those scenes yet for much the same reason as you do when you write yours…slight embarrassment and hopefully-readers- would-like hot. Just because I haven’t written them down yet, doesn’t mean I don’t “see” them. *blush* <–See?!

  11. Well, my interest has really been raised by this article. I’ll have to check to see what caused the blushes!

  12. I don’t usually blush while reading but I tend to get big cheesy grins on my face when it’s getting good….*cough cough * cock docking scene!!

  13. Too funny!

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