There are some authors who are brilliant enough to be able to, no matter the length of the book, keep their heat levels all the same. Hot hot hot, contemp or historical or fantasy, they keep a loyal fan base owing to their skills with a pen . . . or, keyboard. 🙂
And I applaud them for this!
Here is my dilemma: When I write (and I’m not pantsing) the characters come to me first, the plot usually arrives next, then the plot determines the heat level.
In fact, this is so important, I’m going to repeat it:
When I write, the plot determines the heat level
I love a good plot. If the heat level of a book I’m reading isn’t high, it better dang-well have an awesome plot! 😀
You will also find that I don’t just write a single sub-genre. I write absolute historical first and foremost, but where it goes from there is up for grabs by the Universe.
Does it have:
a sci-fi twist?
lots of foodie-ness?
older heroine/younger hero?
a feisty, determined heroine?
hot and steamy love scenes?