A writer of erotica has to master a similar skill in many ways. Setting the scene, handling the build-up and the pace of the action, so that the reader is literally gagging to make it to the end, to reach that climax. Teasing the reader simply by using the most effective choice of words; psychological (and when read out loud) verbal foreplay.
I think the reason so many women enjoy those American detective shows in which a male and female cop/forensic expert/etc are paired unwillingly to work on a case and spar verbally and flirt constantly for weeks on end is because it is like extended foreplay. The “will they, won’t they?” is far sexier than the moment they do actually get it together. Maybe it’s our primal instincts that find the chase element in seduction and foreplay so exciting.
I’ll come back to some of these ideas in a future post. In the meantime, when I write the next story I will have in mind Rebecca’s words; “It’s all about the tease.”