We’ve all read our fair share of Mills and Boon novels over time. There’s nothing quite like spending a rainy Sunday afternoon whiling the hours away with your head in a frivolous book, cup of tea by your side.
But, have you ever wondered why the words ‘penis’ or ‘vagina’ are never used in romance novels?
You’re more likely to see ‘throbbing member’ than ‘penis’ and more likely to see ‘her sex’ instead of ‘vagina’.
Trish Morey is an Australian romance writer and author of the international bestselling Stone Castles.
Her latest book, Cherry Season, is the story of polar opposites – a cherry orchardist focused on his harvest, and the fruit-picking backpacker off to see the world.
And, let’s just say, it features quite a racy sex scene or two.
“His hands moved down and cupped her butt as he lifted her slightly, bringing her sex into line with his. The feel of his erection so close to where she wanted it was as intoxicating as it was frustrating.”
To write those scenes, which Trish says often takes two days, she needs privacy. “I could never do it during school holidays.” Trish has children, though the youngest is now in their late teens.
“It’s personal. I could never do it in a crowd. It’s just something you have to do, you have to forget your mum is going to read it.”
Trish started her writing career while she was on maternity leave after she saw a Mills and Boon advertisement calling for submissions. Although it took her eleven years to be published, Trish now has more than 30 for Harlequin, a romance publisher.