Status Report: April 2014

February was grueling, what with final edits and formatting of both Wholly Trinity and the Desert Menage Trilogy box set. But it was also loads of fun playing all those games here on the blog leading up to the release day.

For those of you who monitored Amazon faithfully searching for Wholly Trinitythank you! One of the biggest thrills of my life was waking up to a fan’s post on my Facebook page announcing Wholly Trinity was live the day before its official release day. (Thanks to Amazon’s self-publishing process, there’s a 12-24 hour delay between clicking the “publish” button and when a book goes live, so I always jump the gun a little just to make sure everything’s ready on release day.)

Wholly Trinity’s release has been a smashing success thanks to all of you. It’s been ranked on Amazon’s Top 100 Paid Kindle Gay Romance bestseller lists for the past 32 straight days! Reader response on my Facebook page has been positive and heartwarming. To everyone who’s left a starred rating and/or review on Amazon and Goodreads, thank you!

So, what’s next? I’m making great progress on Ingenue, completing several chapters in the past two weeks. The end is in sight, and I’m hoping to have the rough draft done (or mostly done) by the time my kids get out of school for summer. Wish me luck and high word counts!

I’m super excited about attending Desert Rose RWA chapter’s Desert Dreams Conference this weekend. If you’re in the Phoenix area on Saturday evening, I would LOVE to meet you at the Multi-Author Booksigning event at Tempe’s Mission Palms Hotel (free and open to the public from 7-8:30 p.m.).

Hoping April brings lovely spring weather your way,

Shanyn

My Writing Process (Such As It Is)

Extra-special thanks go to a dear writing buddy of mine, Leslie Jones—who just scored a 3-book deal with Harpercollins—for sharing her writing process and tagging me in this little blog-hop game. Please visit her site for lots of great tips and sexy soldier stuff.

So here are my answers to the Writing Process Blog Hop interview…

1. What are you working on?

Ingénue is the story of a late-bloomer’s sexual and emotional awakening. The heroine is older than her love interest, who’s a “retired” Dom with some skeletons in his closet. It’s the first time I’ve written in first person, and I’m finding it addictive.

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?

Fifty Shades and others mainstreamed (or at least introduced) some aspects of BDSM culture, so that part of Reed and Paige’s relationship probably isn’t so shocking. But my hero, Reed, despite being a Dom, is something of a sensitive beta male, which is an interesting paradox to write! And my feminist heroine, Paige, is an intellectual looking to escape from her ivory tower, not break into it. Discovering and exploring the submissive aspect of her sexuality comes as quite a shock to her.

3. Why do I write what I do?

I’ve always been fascinated by the “taboo” relationship. I’ve written about combinations of people society in general frowns upon. I’ve explored unions of individuals that look terrible on paper, but somehow they manage to make it work. Love is love, in my opinion, and should be respected no matter what form it takes between consenting adults. I love opening minds and breaking boundaries.

4. How does your writing process work?

Inspiration most often comes when my brain is on auto-pilot—when I’m drifting off to sleep, walking on the treadmill, folding laundry, etc. Then I have to wait for a window of alone-time to get it down on paper or onscreen (I don’t work well in busy, distracting environments). Usually, the relationship comes together first, then the characters (backstory, personality, etc.), then the plot. When my muse is singing, I’m excellent at ignoring real life—don’t come over because my house will be a wreck, my kids hungry, and my plants wilted. (joking) (sort of)

So there you have it: my half-assed “process” of writing. Let me know what you think.