First and foremost, I would like to say thank you to John Satisfy for inviting me to participate in the Writing Process Blog Tour! I’m highly honored to be included and I suggest that everyone check out John’s blog and books if you want an extra special treat.
In the meantime, I get to answer four questions regarding my own writing process.
1. What am I currently working on?
There is always something! If I can promise you one thing, it’s the fact that I have many documents on my computer with stories I’ve started and never finished. Eventually, when the mood strikes, I go back and pick up one I’d forgotten and I add a little more. I just finished a novelette that I hoped would become the first in a series of stories about a newly divorced mom who finds a lot more than she bargained for when she starts fresh with her son in a new town. This story is still very much in the rough draft stage as I begin my first round of edits. In the meantime, I’ve already begun work on something else entirely and if I had any idea myself what it’s about yet, I’d tell you, but I’m still trying to figure that out.
2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
This is a tough question for me. I wanted to say that I write about very sexual situations in a sensual way. I don’t typically use graphic language to paint the picture but I felt like I still got the point across pretty well. Recently, however, it has come to my attention that this isn’t actually a good thing so oops… let’s not go there, shall we? Can I at least say that although my stories are typically shorter in word count than the average novel, I still manage to offer my readers a full story with a conflict that is resolved by the end. Nothing irks me more than settling down with the anticipation of reading a really good steamy story only to find out that the author cuts off the story unexpectedly before it reaches a satisfying conclusion with the expectation that I will rush to Amazon to buy the next installment. Ummmm… nope. I prefer to give you everything no matter how many words it takes to get it all out. Even in my series, each story will be read as a standalone with no requirement of my reader to purchase others.
3. Why do I write what I do?
I didn’t start with erotic fiction. I’ve always said I wanted to write the ultimate ghost story because I love the paranormal. The problem was that every time I sat down to write, my characters refused to behave and I enjoyed their antics a bit too much. Next thing I knew, I’d written a completely different story than the one I’d intended to tell. Eventually I got tired of trying to keep the clothes on and just let my characters run wild. I enjoy exploring my own fantasies when I write and I never seem to run out of new scenarios or ideas.
Ultimately, I’m writing what I write because it makes me happy.
4. How does my writing process work?
Wait a minute… it’s supposed to work? Oh, well, in that case, it explains a lot.
I’ve often joked that if I were a carpenter that tried to build a house the same way I approach writing, I would probably start with the roof and work my way down, tearing down walls and rebuilding them obsessively along the way. I never seem to take the easy or logical route but somehow, I manage to find my way in the end. I’m exhausted and wondering why I do this to myself by the end… but yeah, I guess it kind of, sort of works.
Visit Rayanna’s and Andie’s blogs to learn more about these steamy authors and find links to their books. And don’t forget to catch them on the Writing Process Blog Tour on April 7th!