GUEST POST: Writing sex without sex by CJ Daugherty

April 29, 2013 at 4:42 pm | Posted in Romance, Sex, Short Stories, Teen, Writing, Reading, YA, Young Adult | Leave a comment

Last week, we had our first birthday. It marked our first year of publishing anthologies of short stories for young adults. That first year was full of firsts, and it’s no surprise that the firsts are about to continue. So, here’s another one. Our first reblog. This is a great little blog post by author CJ Daugherty who is over at UKYA today as a guest. Her post gives food for thought for readers and writers of young adult literature who wonder how sex should be handled in YA literature. Over to you CJ . . .


C.J. DaughertySex in YA is controversial. Because many YA readers are young, as a writer, you have to be incredibly careful in how you handle it.

There’s so much to consider: How old should characters be when they do it? Should they do it at all? If you write sex into your novel are you endorsing teen sexuality? Creating peer pressure that could encourage teens to have sex before they’re ready? Ruining their lives?

Frankly, it’s a quagmire many of us are eager to avoid.

Besides, even if you do decide to take the plunge, let’s admit it – there’s something inherently hilarious about writing sex. It’s all ‘he touched this’ and ‘she stroked that’ then ‘the lights darkened and she forgot everything…’

I’m sorry but… eeuw. And also, ha ha ha ha…

Personally, I just can’t face it.

Luckily, you don’t have to write sex to write something sexy. Romance…

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A birthday or two, a break, and some banter.

April 22, 2013 at 8:36 am | Posted in Life, Parents, Scotland, Short Stories, Writing, Reading, YA, Young Adult | 6 Comments

first birthday

First off, we’d like to wish ourselves a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY! We are 1 today. Like any one-year-old we are still learning so many things and know that we have a long way to go. When we look back at the past year and see how far we’ve come, we are astonished and had we known all the bumps and curves that were ahead we probably wouldn’t have started in the first place. Just kidding. I think. So, have some cake with us. Cake makes everything better, doesn’t it?


You may have noticed that we have been on a bit of a break recently. Maybe you didn’t notice and that’s OK. Sometimes, as perhaps you all know, life gets in the way of even the best intentions. “Suddenly” has been and continues to be a business/hobby/dream/pastime for the three of us who also have other lives that include real jobs, families, aging parents, and all that those things entail. So, suffice it to say that we are back even though we have not really been away 🙂

Let’s catch up then. I have been in Scotland visiting my parents and celebrating my dad’s 85th birthday. I was there for almost a month doing all the things that a dutiful daughter does for her parents. I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t hard work and rewarding. Here’s a picture of my lovely parents about to celebrate my dad’s 85th with a family lunch.

Dad's 85th

While I was away, my blog following took a nose dive, but I was able to enjoy several bloggers who took the April Alphabet Challenge blogging each day this month with a letter topic. I notice that today is “S” and had we been up for the challenge would have declared it a Suddenly Day. Perhaps an A-Z of our first year should be a blog topic. We’ll see. Oh, and we should have news of Volume 3 of Suddenly Lost In Words very soon.

Catch you later ..

Clare @ SLIW





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