I was tagged in the My Writing Process blog hop, which is a fun way to acknowledge fellow authors and maybe turn someone on to new creative works. And I love to answer questions, so here goes!
1) What am I working on? Currently, I’m working on the sequel to Be Careful What You Wish For because Seth has an enormous story line that is only hinted at in the first book. I also thought up an original fantasy novel that would tie neatly into Kendra’s universe, but I’m trying hard NOT to abandon my current book in order to write ALL THE NEW THINGS. It’s easy to start things. To finish them is not so easy.
2) How does my work differ from others of my genre?
By Huw Williams (Huwmanbeing) (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Surprisingly, there are few novels with djinnis (or genies or jinnis) as characters, at least in the romance and erotica fields. In fact, on Smashwords there seem to be none, because I had to create all the tags. On the downside, this means no one is searching for djinni novels. In the promotional world of writing, apparently it’s possible to be too original. Nevertheless, I love Seth and his entire magical ilk, so we’ll just keep cranking them out until people find us. 😀
3) Why do I write what I do?
I enjoy reading erotica and infusing romance with magical elements. Also romance, relationships, sex, and even meeting new people can be difficult and fraught with emotional minefields. Fantasy is so much easier! We can ride along with our heroines (and heroes) as they meet, have glorious sex, and fall in love, without the undue emotional trauma that we suffer when we attempt that on our own. Also, I would really like to have a sex djinni, but the chances of that are quite
slim, so I will continue to play pretend and act out those scenarios in my own head. And then write them down for others to enjoy.
There seems to be a greater freedom these days when writing romances that allows authors to deviate from the typical. I’ve had a wonderful time making Kendra hetero-flexible and Seth utterly omnisexual. I’m not completely sure how my readers will feel about it, but I love having the liberty to bring unexpected persons into Kendra and Seth’s relationship. Ultimately, the love story is about the two of them, but they definitely don’t exist on a deserted island. There will be friends, lovers, and enemies, and every combination thereof that will affect how they react to every situation that gets thrown at them. Rather like real life.
4) How does my writing process work? I tend to begin with a vague idea and scribble that down. In the case of Be Careful What You Wish For, I wanted an erotic romance that hadn’t been done thousands of times before. I also considered magical elements, but did not want to fall back to vampires, werewolves, and similar themes we’ve seen recently. Once I decided to create a sex djinni, I went to work on Seth’s back story, which became more and more complicated with every page of research I discovered.
Tagging time! I think I’ll go with these three fabulous authors, since they have a collaborative work coming out soon and you should definitely check them all out!
Diana Copland – Author of A Reason to Believe and many other amazing works. She began writing in the seventh grade, when she shamelessly combined elements of Jane Eyre and Dark Shadows to produce an overwrought Gothic tale that earned her an A- in creative writing, thanks entirely to the generosity of her teacher. She wrote for pure enjoyment for the next three decades before discovering Livejournal and a wonderful group of supportive fanfiction writers.
G. B. Lindsey – Don’t be fooled by her lack of published works; this amazing author was born and raised in California, where she earned her undergraduate degree in Literature and Creative Writing from UC Santa Cruz. Her first love has always been writing: as a child, she cultivated such diverse goals as becoming “a cowgirl… and a writer” or “a paleontologist… and a writer.”
Libby Drew – Author of a slough of books including 40 Souls to Keep, a paranormal romance, Paradox Lost, a time-travel story, and Bending the Iron, a contemporary romance. Libby’s parents explained that writers were quirky, poor, and often talked to themselves in supermarket checkout lines. They implored her to be practical, a request she took to heart for twenty years, earning two degrees, a white-collar job, and an ulcer, before realizing that practical was absolutely no fun.
Their new collaborative effort, the Secrets of Neverwood Trilogy, is due to be released on June 30th. Ladies, if you would continue this blog hop, just tag answer the questions above and tag three other authors to keep it going!