Sunday, August 27, 2006

Well, it's taken me a while, but I've finally signed up for MySpace. LOL No, not as one of my characters (yes, I know that seems to be a hot new gimmick, but I'd rather write the character's stories than write the character's blog. Call me old fashioned....).

No, I'm there as myself. If you'd like to see my profile, check it out and then add me as a friend. I look forward to seeing you there!

On the writing front, we go from famine to feast. After not having a release since last (gasp!) October, looks like there will be three out at the end of this year. Kara's Captain should be out sometime in October (crossing fingers!), and Devil of a Winter in December (crossing toes!). And of course, there's always the Quickie New York Moment for Ellora's Cave new Exotica line!

How does an author get herself into these situations? For me, it all began last year when I was trying to write a novella for the now-defunct Lady Jaided Magazine. I started two stories, one of which actually went on to become Kara's Captain. But we had a sorrowful spring in our family, with the passing of a beloved great uncle and then the untimely death of my father-in-law. Although I had several stories started at that point, I just couldn't seem to concentrate enough to finish any of them.

But time moves on and so do we. In the space of a few weeks early this summer, I finished all three stories and sent them in. Final edits are now done on all and I can turn my attention to something new...or something started and not yet finished...which is more the case.

So what have I settled on? You may remember Secret Submission (my banned Ebay book...which, by the way, is still banned and no closer to being reinstated. That's okay...give Amazon or Barnes and Noble the business instead). Well, ages ago, I wrote a small scene between Sarah and Phillip that didn't make it into the book. It's been sitting on my computer just begging to have a story written around it. I pulled it out last week and decided to play around with it. I even have a title: Submission Revealed. Looks like a keeper!

I liken choosing a story to work on to throwing spaghetti at the wall to see if it's done. I remember my mother flinging a piece of pasta at the wall behind the stove. If it slid down the wall, she'd get out the cloth and wipe the starch off the wall, pick up the dropped pasta and throw it away. Two minutes later, she'd do it again.

Well, I use much the same approach when starting a new story. First I'll read through the half-dozen or so manuscripts that are started. If the characters from any one of them start talking, I'll stay with them a while and see if the story "sticks." If it does...we're off and running. If it doesn't, I clean the starch from my computer and.... No, if the characters are silent, I move on to the next file. And if all of them are silent? I just start a new story with new characters and follow along until either 1) they shut up and I have another unfinished story, or 2) they take me all the way to the end.

Okay, so it's about as organized and scientific as throwing pasta at the wall to see if it's cooked. So far it's worked for me!

(by the way, my mom no longer throws pasta at the wall. She's living in a house where the stove is on an island, okay...a penninsula...and has no wall to use. Now she just tastes I have learned to do as well!).

Off to visit with Sarah and Phillip...and I'll see you on MySpace!

Play safe,

Friday, August 18, 2006

Susan Gable made a great post regarding buying used vs new books. This is such a touchy subject...and she does a great job explaining why authors tend to push the sales of new books rather than used (bottom line: authors don't get any royalties on the used book). Problem is, explaining that to readers without coming across as capitalistic pigs isn't exactly easy.

That's why I like Susan's post so much. She explains the ins and outs (and freely admits she often buys used or uses the library as well. In the interest of complete disclosure here, I have to admit to the same, although our library doesn't stock erotica titles...!) without coming across as whiny or money-hungry. A fine line to walk...and she manages it quite well.

Hmmm...wonder if subliminal messages would work? Note to self: figure out how to encode BUY MY BOOKS NEW into the text of every email message and posting I make...LOL

In the meantime, Play safe!