Saturday, October 31, 2009

And the Winner is...

Well, actually, winners...

I've decided to give away two copies of The Temptress this goes to Susan x and one to Tracey D....from the posts at Mistress Bella's Reviews...Tracey, I will email you shortly and Susan x...could you email me so that I can send you a copy?

Monday, October 26, 2009

Another Author Interview

I have another author interview and another contest starting today....If you hop on over to Mistress Bella's Reviews and post a comment after my interview your name will be entered for a chance to win my short story, The Temptress. You'll have until Friday Oct. 30 to post a comment and enter for a chance to win!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

And the Winner is...

Deidre Durance, Congratulations!

I've contacted you via email with some information! Hope you enjoy my story.

Thanks to everyone for your comments and kind words...I will be running another contest in the next few days so keep checking in for another chance to win!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

My First Author Interview

Hi all and thanks for dropping by.

I'm hoping you're here because you read my author interview at Michelle Lauren's Review site

Please leave a comment to this blog and you will be automatically entered to win a copy of my first ever release, The Temptress!

Of course, The Temptress is for adults only, so please only leave a comment if you are 18 or older.

Be sure to leave an email address so that I can contact you...or check back in here in 72 hours when I will announce the winner!

Thanks for reading my interview!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Inspiration - new ideas

I recently completed an author interview for my short story, The Temptress, that is coming out next week and one of the questions was about where I get my ideas from. I think that this must be a common question that most writer's are asked because it keeps coming up in my conversations so I thought I would write a post about my methods of finding ideas.

The whole concept of new ideas and finding ideas is very interesting to me. I remember as a teenager never having a problem coming up with new ideas...probably because I wasn't bound by any rules or laws that would stop me from dreaming and a teen I had endless ideas, and the more bizarre the better as far as I was concerned...who cares if it didn't make sense or wasn't logical or possible...if it worked for my story (which were almost always about witches or vampires) then I wrote it.

Once in university reality seemed to step in...the world became too real and the ideas stopped flowing. I just couldn't come up with a plot to save my was true writer's block to the extreme but at the time I didn't care. I had been denied entry into the Creative Writing program at my university...they didn't take genre writers...and I was neck deep in literary essay, I had convinced myself that I probably wasn't very good I simply stopped writing. FOR FIVE YEARS!

But the nagging feeling never went know, that feeling that you get when you leave your writing for too long...for me it's like someone is constantly poking me in the arm, reminding me to get back to work. Essay writing seemed to dull the constant poke for a time but eventually I knew that I needed to get back to writing had been too long. I was terrified to start because I simply did not have the ideas anymore...I didn't know what to write about.

After I graduated and moved on to the real world, the ideas started flowing again and the stress of searching out the story, the plot, vanished. I can pick up ideas from where ever...sometimes it's a conversation I overhear, sometimes it's something on the news or a fantasy or scene that pops into my head that just won't leave. Sometimes it's a what if question that presents in The Temptress...what if a boring lecture could be transformed into a sexy story about a college boy who falls in lust with his professor...who happens to be a vampire?

You know, things like that.

So when I start a new project it's usually as a scene...I write out the scene as I see it and then build the story around it. For example, the short story I'm working on now started as a scene with a vampire hunter who finds herself coming out of unconsciousness to be asked by a vampire if she can fight...he gives her her sword to do so...

So I wrote and wrote and wrote and then realized that I really didn't have a plot for this story...I wasn't sure what would happen to my heroine and my hero. I let my mind stew over it for a few days (which is what I used to do while in university when I needed a thesis for an essay...I would let my mind stew for a while) and suddenly it just appeared for me...a whole plot popped into my head while I was eating dinner...and why? Well, because I asked myself...why does he have to be older than her? Why can't the hero be younger, less need of help? And there it began.

So in other words, I work a little strangely. I realize that it is not a reliable method of writing and I probably should be a little stressed about it, there could come a day when the ideas stop flowing again. But it seems, when I comes to writing, eventually my brain figures it out for me...because I truly believe that our brains never stop thinking about a problem, even in our sleep, our brains keep rolling it around and around until a solution presents itself. So when I have a writing roadblock, I remind myself of it everyday. I keep it in my focus, on my mind...I think to myself throughout the am I going to do that? and then suddenly my brain works it out. It is very mysterious and wonderful and I hope that never stops.

What about you? Do you have a method for plotting your ideas? Do you have an idea bank that you pull from...or are you more like me and work on the fly?

Thursday, October 8, 2009

How exciting!

So, just as a follow up, I did meet my agent on Saturday and it went extremely well. She is very enthusiastic...but not so much that I question her sanity. It was quite a bizarre experience for me, like I was in some other dimension where everything was going my way and where this lovely lady was telling me everything I've always wanted to hear about my writing. It's hard for someone like me not to feel a little apprehensive in the believing it department. I'm not the most positive of people...I prefer to think of myself as a realist as opposed to a pessimist though.

In any case, the meeting went really well, Alisha and I hit it off, but I knew we would...that first phone conversation was enough to tell me that much. What I wasn't expecting was the weird feeling of disbelief that kept washing over me...I kept staring at her thinking "Oh my god, you really think you can sell my book to actual publishers!" It was very strange and for a brief moment or two, I actually found myself thinking, "Holy cow, this could actually happen for me!" But it's dangerous to get overly excited or to anticipate too I'm back to let's wait and see. Although I must admit, it was awfully nice to hear someone of importance in the publishing world say things like..."My editor friend at -blank- is going to love your book."

So, she's going to get me edits in the next week or so and wants to try to get my book out on submission by the end of October...which is very quick...and very exciting. Now I find myself thinking, every so often, that in a few months, I could get the email that could change my life as I know it....tamp down the excitement...tamp it down!

Anyway, on another note, I did get my cover art for The Temptress (to be released October 23 at Cobblestone Press) and I think it looks really dark and sexy...just perfect for the story.

I've got two author interviews lined up in the next couple of weeks...more details to follow. As well, I will have some contests for free copies of The Temptress...stay tuned for that info.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Oh my...

Well, I don't have a lot to talk about but I do have some updates. First...I have a release date! Yippy! My first publishing release date on my short story, The Temptress, is October 23 at Cobblestone Press.

The Temptress is a wickedly erotic tale about a young college student named Kyle Roberts who falls madly in lust with his English lit. professor, who also happens to be a vampire!

This short story is meant for mature eyes only!

And news number two...I have a meeting with my agent tomorrow. My first face-to-face meeting! I have a list of questions. I think I'm ready. I hope I will sleep tonight...yikes!