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.