Hi Jadette and all your lovely readers. Thank you so much for having me. I would promise to behave but—erm…that’s like asking the phoenix not to rise again. *grins proudly* can you tell I am very proud of that line? Lol.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve lived my life with the saying “there’s a time and place for everything” playing on replay in the back of my mind. Not overwhelmingly so but just a low hum, sort of like when you play a sexy song low, on replay while you write a sex scene. But now, in my writing it has taken on a more prominent spot. Last year, my stories were mostly hard, sad for the most part with happy endings.
REDEMPTION had a man wrongly convicted of a crime and his friend hiding that secret from him for many years. RIPPED APART had a horrible subject on what can happen when family refuse to accept your sexuality. MY BROKEN VALENTINE (pulled for re-edits etc) had a character recovering from an abusive childhood. CAGED has a war vet coming home to the worse kind of betrayal a soldier can endure…and the list goes on and on.
What does that mean?
It means, other than the fact that I thought I was losing my mind, that I was going through a spell. Because of that, I thought I’d write a three, short story set, called SONS OF EROS. These stories will be released separately from Silver Publishing and are about three brothers who started out life on the very worse track a child can. As men, they are wealthy, successful, amazing catches and they are searching for that one man who can understand and blend into the family they’ve managed to create for themselves. I decided to stay away from the ‘they don’t like me because I am gay” storylines and the politics and major drama. I wanted to stick to just two men meeting and falling helpless and hopelessly in love without even knowing what hit them.
I found them difficult to write and I sat down a few days ago wondering why that was. Was it because, as humans, we find it so difficult to be happy? I mean think about it—we know the things (most of the times) that makes us sad—right? Things like bad relationships, horrible friends, a sucky job, and all that good stuff yet still we put ourselves through all of them. We willingly go through it all. Are we just suckers for punishment?
Still I found depression and sadness seeping into the stories and I had to make an effort to remind myself the stories were supposed to be fun. The first story in the series SAVARO’S HONEY BUNS is due out early 2012. This story had four re-writes because of this problem. At one point I had to delete the whole last four chapters because everyone was angry and irritated at everyone else. In the re-writes I added a special character, Jose who whenever he shows up he left me grinning like a fool. Sometimes we need authors forget our job isn’t to depress people but to entertain. Anger and sadness is healthy in moderation. If you are an author reading this, remember. All the emotions you write should be in moderation. I learnt and I am much happier for it.
With the second book, RAJAN’S SEDUCTION was a totally different thing. I was a complete genius in writing that one because Rajan is a lot more light-hearted than Savaro. You see, Rajan is an actor so he’s not only sexy but he’s funny pairing him with a hard-nosed SWAT agent…yumminess. I found myself laughing more and more throughout writing it. This is not to say there is no seriousness in the story—because with fun comes plot and conflict—those are must in any story you write or read. This story as well will be coming to Silver.
Another lesson I learnt during writing this series came with writing the third story. Writing this one was a whole other kettle of fish…its finished but editing it is going to be a pain. So far its titled LAIRD’S CHOICE but who knows between now and the time its released what it will be called. The one thing I noticed when I was writing this is that I found it a little more difficult than all the others to write. Laird is the middle brother and it was hard to find him a man who I thought would be completely wrong for him but then twist it so he is perfect. Piercings, tattoos and all those yummy attributes makes up the cowboy Laird falls for but with secrets, who knows what will happen?
Why did I write all that? What’s the lesson?
Well, sometimes we as authors start writing something and it gives us enough trouble to make us want to pick up the computer and hurl it at the wall. But sometimes, it’s so worth it to finish. Even if you have to put it down for a year or two. Laird’s story is still giving me issues, even after it’s finished—I still have to go through and re-write, but think of the fun times? Maybe you weren’t meant to release it the this time anyways.
Thanks for stopping by and checking me out with ma bad self.