In Of Wings and Sapwood, I think it’s pretty obvious that sex represents love. The story can’t but be about love; they are all falling in love with one another, the three angels and Jane; some have past relationships, some present, some are destined to be together; they have sex all the time. Jane and Rue act out something that’s been mising from both of their lives. Rue’s heart has been broken ever since he gave in to fear and pushed away the only man he ever loved.
Dan and Samuel find joy in each other’s bodies. Samuel still loves Rue, and there is a part of his heart that Dan cannot touch.
Each one is “helping” the others. Jane was sent to them all, and they were sent to her. Just bringing Jane into the household turns their worlds upside.
My own experience with love and sex comes out in everything I write. I have fallen in love through sex in all of my primary relationshops — even, to an extent, Dan. I somethines think I”m working out my own neuroses in my writings. This is particularly true in the violent stories. Poor Evan Colson — what a decision he has to make. And how I love to see him pushed into it.