How do You Steam Things Up? Ask Sundari!

As an author, writing intimate scenes, or describing the act of making love is part and parcel of your ‘writer-hood’. Although, I admit, I find it hard to write scenes that are deliciously intimate, and don’t sound vulgar or trashy. However, there is one author, who is also a wonderful online friend and an inspiration to me as to a lot of other authors, who cruises through these intimate scenes with such finesse and taste, that she amazes me every single time. She’s Sundari Venkataraman, author of three Amazon bestsellers, and many more lined up in the pipeline. I asked her, “Oh Sundari! Pray tell me how you do it? What’s the secret that turns your words into such a delight to read!” To which she has responded with this insightful and interesting guest post. So without much further ado, let me make way for the inimitable Sundari Venkataraman, who has agreed to grace my blog today with her guest post 


Hi, Yamini Vijendran, thank you so much for hosting me on your blog. I am so glad you like the quality of my steamy scenes. I must say I love them too. I will do my best to answer your question though answering it is like walking on a wall with a thick grass verge on one side and concrete on the other. You know which side I would like to drop 😉

First of all, one needs to stop thinking that sex is a dirty word or a taboo subject. It’s a part of every adult’s life. Then why shy away from it? Being curbed makes one shut up or come up with vulgarity. Do you agree?

I am quite comfortable talking about sex. It’s the natural culmination of the feelings of romantic love between two people. Once this premise is accepted, the scene falls in place naturally. It also helps that I like reading steamy scenes in romance books. All readers of love stories must like it too, whether they admit to it or not.

Like in my book The Malhotra Bride, Sunita is an innocent. But that does not mean she doesn’t have sexual urges with the right guy. She falls in love with her fiancé and gets married to him. As theirs is a contract wedding, Akshay stays away from her at the beginning of their honeymoon. She decides to take matters into her own hands and woos him. Now, how will an innocent do that? (In fact, someone had questioned the scene). Her feelings for him are there, even if she is a virgin. And she has been kissed by him a few times. So, I found that a lovely premise for Sunita to take that bold step. The result is a delicious and steamy sex scene between the two. I think there was no place for vulgarity there as they make love and it’s not just sex for the sake of it.

In The Runaway Bridegroom, Chanda finds herself drawn to Ranveer despite everything. As she had been married as a kid, she feels she doesn’t have the right to date another guy. But her biological clock is ticking and she is unable to stop herself from falling for her handsome and intelligent boss. In this book, I have keyed in a couple of kissing scenes between the two as they explore their newfound relationship. It’s not an urge to jump into bed and have sex. So, it needed to be written with a lot of love and I am glad I have obviously managed to do that.

I think reading a lot of Mills & Boon (Between the 70s-90s), Barbara Cartland, Julie Garwood, Nora Roberts, Penny Jordan, Carole Mortimer, Janet Dailey and a host of other romance authors who are well known for the subtleness in love scenes has really helped me while creating such scenes.



Sundari Venkatraman


Chanda Maheshwari’s family is shaken when her thirteen-year-old bridegroom Veerendra runs away immediately after the wedding. The eight-year-old child doesn’t even understand the impact on her life. Unable to face their neighbours and friends, the Maheshwaris move from their village to Jaipur and begin a new life in the city.
Fourteen years later, Chanda is studying in a Delhi College. She takes up a temporary job at RS Software Pvt. Ltd. and falls head-over-heels for the boss of the operation. But what about  Ranveer Singh? Is he interested in her?
Ranveer’s secretary Shikha is desperate to make him fall for her. All she wants is life-long security with a rich man. But it’s nerd Abhimanyu who keeps getting in the way. Abhi is Ranveer’s second-in-command and Shikha isn’t keen on him as she’s eyeing the main chance. 
When Ranveer appears to show interest in Chanda, she’s faced with a new problem. Astrologer Vidyasagar insists that she would get back with her husband Veerendra. Does anyone want to know what she wants? 
Chanda feels torn between the man she has fallen for and the family values that have been instilled in her. Will she ever find happiness? 

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Meet the Author

Sundari Venkatraman has authored four ebooks so far, The Runaway Bridegroom being the latest. Three of her books, namely, The Malhotra Bride; Meghna and The Runaway Bridegroom have all been self-published on Amazon under the banner of Flaming Sun. All three books are regularly seen on Amazon’s Top 100 Bestsellers’ Contemporary Romances list. 
A great fan of Mills & Boon romances over the past four decades, Sundari has always believed in ‘Happily Ever Afters’ and all her books promise happy endings. 
The Runaway Bridegroom talks about ‘Child Marriage’, an evil perpetrated even in the 21st century in a country like India. While a large number of the country’s population live in the cities and lead modern lives, there are many who follow old customs unaware of the negative impact on the lives of the younger generation. 
The book is a work of fiction and of course does not preach. The author has but made an attempt to bring this ancient custom to the eyes of the modern public around the world while bringing a simple solution to the protagonists, the victims of child marriage. 
“I hope you enjoy reading the book as much as I loved writing it,” says Sundari Venkatraman. 

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