Frantic fingers

Is it possible to write a book in a matter of days?  Well, the essence of a book – the skeletal structure upon which to hang the flesh.  I appear to be finding out.  I thought I would slow up in the approach to the holidays, but instead I have been a juggernaut, crashing into my computer with reams of words spewing out on to the screen.  My fingers have … Read more…

Something is in the air

I’ve been busy writing.  Sometimes I’m editing, revisiting and revising, other times I’m working on new things.  A short story, which may be the first chapter of a new book, or outlining ideas for others.  Much will be pushed to one side, trashed in the draft folders or left undeveloped.  It happens.  Not everything comes to fruition or has the makings of something substantial. New things are coming.  Gemma and … Read more…

Escape to fantasy world

What I write is fiction. A world of erotic fantasy.  I’ve read quite a bit of it too, though now I prefer to write.  The key thing is that it isn’t real. There are characters, places and locations that are not real, they don’t exist.  They are conjured up out of my imagination and slotted into the real world around us.  I describe some detail, but ultimately the reader can … Read more…

Next book creeping closer

The third book in the Trust Me series is close to be publishing.  The cover is done and following a short break away from home, I should be back in November to finish off the final preparations. A little interlude from the book – a kiss.  Often under-rated as erotic foreplay.  I like the sensuality of two lips meeting and being a bridge for communicating intent : –   Kissing … Read more…

Honorific titles

There is a protocol when describing certain relationships to apply honorific titles.  In particular when referring to Dominants (or Dommes).  See, I did it just then.  I capitalised the first letter. For a submissive, the lower case.  I do differentiate when writing non-fiction and I would do for real people, though I have not written about real people.  However, in my books?  It was a dilemma. To begin with I … Read more…

Transforming the characters

Does a Dominant have to be rich and successful? Well no. In fact they usually ordinary everyday people, in everyday jobs and blend in without being noticed. Yet my Dominant is a wealthy CEO. As a child I loved to write SciFi stories. The unbelievable could be made believable just because it is fantasy. If the characters need to travel to one end of the galaxy to other, they can; … Read more…

Writing in layers

How do I write?  Do I have a technique? Sometimes if feels like I’m flying by the seat of my pants; finding my way as the words flood out of my head into my fingertips. A bit like writing this post. I do think I have a methodology. I write in layers, each one laid on top of the other until they blur into one complete book. Here are my … Read more…

Discussing the limits

The genre of BDSM has become popular for romance readers, especially stories about Domination and submission. Things which were once taboo have become more acceptable to read about. When I developed my storyline for the series, I didn’t want my heroine to be inexperienced.  Many D/s books have the heroine as innocent or naive about their sexual awakening or for those who are sexually active, they are unaware or unsure … Read more…

Building a series, what to say

There are more books to come.  A series based around the same characters and others will come into play too. What to say without spoiling the story lines.  I don’t want to ruin the first book by giving away too much about the next. I can tell you the title: Trust Me to Own You A theme is developing and trust is a big player.  It is not the only … Read more…

Writing the important scenes

Early on in the book is an intense sex scene. Am I comfortable writing about sex? Well, I have to be, it’s rather integral to the story. However, I didn’t put the erotic scene up front to be within the 15-20% of the book that falls within the free sample. It happened to be necessary to the plot to have the sexual encounter early on.  Writing about sex is something … Read more…

Introducing the characters

Unless you start a book with a birth day, your characters are already fully fledged people with personalities and attributes. Plunging into their lives with little knowledge of their backgrounds, their pasts and influences, means there is a mystery about them. I’m not writing a biography, but somehow there needs to be a background development for each key character.  I need to unpeel the layers of an onion to expose … Read more…

Point of View

I wrote the first book – Trust Me to Know You –  from the first person point of view. Why?  Two reasons. I wanted the main character – Gemma –  to have an inner voice, which shows her as vulnerable and haunted. Additionally to present her desires and fears travelling hand in hand as she meets her paramount.  I also did not want to have the perspective of the other … Read more…

Finishing touches

Applying the finishing touches is a never-ending task.  I listen to music, tap my feet and keep my spirits high.  In between, I’m checking, re-checking those words.  It’s like hitting send on email,  at what point is it done, completed and ready to send out over the wireless world?  I’m not a perfectionist, not in most things, and yet this creative side of me wants it to be perfect. I … Read more…