A Roll In the Hay? Hmmm…

In love at last!

In love at last!

“So, in this next book, are they going to take a roll in the hay?”

An old and dear friend pulled me aside the other day and asked me this question, referring to Luke and Christine. I was evasive in answering. He, (yes, it was a he) didn’t like this.

“It’s a yes or no question,” he said, with a little friendly bluntness.

But I didn’t give him a yes or no answer. “What do you think should happen between them?”

“I’m not the one writing the book.”

“But what if you were? It’s 2015. What level of intimacy should be happening between two consenting, in love adults?”

“That’s hard to say,” was his response.

“Why?” I asked him.

“Because Watervalley is different.”

At the time I didn’t press him to explain what he meant by this, but I wish I had. In the moment, I assumed I knew what he was thinking. But looking back, it would have been good to hear his thoughts.

The interesting part of this conversation was that it spoke to the vivid reality about sexual tension in a story. It’s a big deal. It bubbles beneath the words, the thoughts, the actions of the characters. And it should. In real life, when two people fall in love, physical attraction is a perfectly normal part of the mix. It’s in our DNA. So, for a work of fiction to reflect real life, the desire for physical intimacy cannot be ignored, nor should it. And I certainly didn’t ignore it in book three.

But here’s the issue. What does that look like?

The truth is, my friend zeroed in on one of my greatest deliberations regarding book three in the Watervalley series, “The Splendor of Ordinary Days.” On the one hand, if they do consummate their relationship, some may see it as a betrayal of the tone of the series. If they don’t, others will think the work juvenile and pathetically impracticable to do.

So, question? I’m terribly (and I mean terribly) curious as to what Watervalley readers think on the matter.

So…please, please speak up. Leave your thoughts here in the comment section or just e-mail me at jeff@watervalleybooks.com.

I would LOVE to have your advice.






5 Enlightened Replies

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  1. Kathryn Stephenson says:

    I am thinking for the Watervalley Series there might be such a thing as TMI…too much information. Maybe we would like to give them a little privacy. However, if the romance heats up considerably, then I would hope some wedding plans might be in the making.

  2. Joan Smith says:

    I too would like to see an escalation of their romance, but I agree with the previous person. I do like mystery in a relationship, not graphic details. I think that in keeping with the “Water Valley” way, maybe you could figure out a middle ground between total prudishness and graphic details.
    Again, thoroughly enjoy your books and eager look forward to #3.

  3. Karen says:

    I love your books! I just finished listening to the audio version of “More Things in Heaven and Earth” and feel like I got more out of it the second time around. Now I just wish there was an audio version of “Each Shining Hour.”
    One of the reasons I like your books is that the moral tone of them is more consistent with my own beliefs. There’s a religious undertone running through them and I’d like to see Christian values carried over into the character’s lives. Now I’m curious to see how things play out in book three!

  4. Jim Boyd says:

    Keep it simple! To much sex ruins a good book. I agree with the other comments by Karen-Joan and Kathyrn.

  5. Debbie Mayfield says:

    Yes, I agree with Jim, Karen, Joan and Kathryn. The series so far has been so refreshing to read. There has been such a sweet spirit about each book. I have very high morals, am very grounded in my faith and actively involved in church. I think the reason I have loved the Watervalley books is because of their purity. By all means, let the romance continue to blossom and escalate, but let it lead to wedding plans like Kathryn suggested. Can’t wait for “The Splendor”. I’ve already preordered my copy. Keep up the good work.

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