I asked Kimberly Derting author of of The Body Finder, Desires of the Dead, and The Pledge to comment on writing the prefect kiss. Kim loves writing kissing scenes and I thought, who better to help Andrew and Emmaline out?
Anyone who’s read my books knows one thing for certain: I love kissing. And I love writing kissing scenes. I love it when my main characters finally get to unleash the floodgate of emotions they’ve been holding back…when their lips finally meet at long, long last!
But sometimes even better than the kissing, is the non-kissing. The tension that builds up in the days, hours, and minutes leading up to that first kiss. If you ask me, sometimes that’s even sweeter than the actual kiss itself.
You know what I mean…those moments when your eyes meet across the room…or you accidentally brush hands and there’s that sudden spark. Or when you’re at a dance and that slow song comes on, and the boy you like wraps his arms around your waist. You can smell him, and feel the warmth of him against you, and the butterflies in your stomach are going crazy while the music plays and you get lost in the sensation of being so close to him you feel like you might implode.
And then there are those scant seconds right before you know—you know!—he’s going to kiss you…when his eyes are watching your lips and you see him moving tentatively closer. Your heart feels like it might pound out of your chest. You want him to, and at the same time you’re afraid that he might chicken out, or that you might chicken out, but he’s still coming…closer and closer. Until, finally, you feel his lips on yours…ever so lightly. Ever so gently. Ever so perfectly.
Did I mention I love kissing?
And that’s what I love about it, the tension. The uncertainty, and all of the emotions going crazy. To me, the perfect kiss is that very first one. The one where anything is possible. Where neither of you know what to expect. You don’t know when, or even if, it will happen. You don’t know if the two of you will be compatible or if it’ll be the best kiss of your entire life. It’s all still a mystery. A heart-stopping, stomach-clenching, roller-coaster of a mystery that you can’t wait to unravel.
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