Good morning, everyone! Please join me in welcoming Tanith Davenport author of The Hand He Dealt Today she will explain her approach to a menage story and ask some thought provoking questions. I must admit they are questions that I’ve asked myself when reading menage books. Is it really always that neat and tidy at the end?
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When two became three
I had never written a ménage scenario when I began The Hand He Dealt. Even then, the threesome scene was intended to be a one-off at first, and then an occasional occurrence for physical gratification rather than emotional need.
When I had the story professionally critiqued, my reader told me some scenes felt “cosy”, and I had to agree. From a simple multiway the pairing – or grouping – had turned into a relationship of sorts. I say “of sorts” because it was never intended to be permanent; more friends with benefits than anything else. And yet emotional ties were forming as I wrote.
Which led to some great opportunities for character development and plot twists, as my heroine Astra Scott became gradually more involved with her best friend Sasha and Sasha’s boyfriend Ash.
How would Astra cope knowing that she was the single person attached to an established couple?
What would happen if the established couple split up?
And what would happen if the couple split up because one fell in love with the third partner?