My Writing Process

This particular blog hop is all about authors offering others a glimpse into their work, their work schedules, and perhaps their innermost thoughts.  Some of us are quite opposite our real life personas, actually.

So here I am. Answering the specified questions and handing off the big stick to three other lovely authors who will each post about their writing process on their blogs, next Monday.  So, who whacked me with the stick? Ah, yes, the lovely, talented, a woman with a mind as strange and naughty as my own most days…

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Q. What am I working on?

LOTS!  I have many things on the go right now in my writing world. Let’s see. I’m currently, actively working on three stories.  Book 2 in The Vault Series, the book that follows Friends with Benefits, which just came out a few short weeks ago. They are all stand alone, but have linked characters. I plan (hope) to be finished with that one by end of this month.  It’s almost finished, but needs some rework.  I’m also 50% complete on a short novella, a prequel to Book 3. I also have a secret project on the go that I’ll be able to spill the beans about soon. 🙂 I’m really excited about that one.  Hmm…I also have three others in the oven and almost cooked, but they’re not my priority at the moment.  Two belong to a paranormal series, the other is a contemporary.  So more will come on those later this year.

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

I can’t say my work is significantly different than others that write erotic romance, after all, we all write what we love, which is quite often based on what we like to read. We all just put our own personal spin on it.

I’m currently riding the line between erotica and erotic romance, though. I’ve read some wonderful stories by some fabulous authors in the pure BDSM realm, and I love a good ménage story.  But I don’t (currently) plan to delve that deeply into the sub-genre that many of them do.  I’d prefer to tease, if you will.  Give enough to set the stage, whet the appetite, and hopefully conjure up a few fantasies. But I don’t want to spill all the dark secrets. I’m not an expert in the field, so I don’t want to come across as one.   

Q. Why do I write what I do?

I love the detail in erotic romance. Let’s face it; it’s HOT, when written well.  But, I also firmly believe that eroticism only partly revolves around the sex act itself.  For me, the rest of it, the primary focal point of it, is and should be, on the relationship and how the thoughts and feelings of the people involved are portrayed.

The Vault Series borders on erotica simply because there is ménage and BDSM elements.  However, I want the main focus of the story, the reason people find themselves interested to turn the page, is because of the romance between the people involved.  The sex is just a bonus 😉

Q. How does your writing process work?

working hardHorribly most days. I work a full-time job, so I’m out of the house minimum 12 hours a day, which leaves very little time to squeeze in any significant amount of writing. I do what I can. I procrastinate if I can’t get into the right zone. Generally, I need deadlines to get my ass in motion. LOL.

But when it’s working, I get an idea for a story line, and then I start thinking about characters.  I don’t know the plot.  Though, I have discovered the value in not being a complete pantser.  So I’m a hybrid now, I guess you’d say. Usually I just start writing until I hit a brick wall. Then I stop and think about the plot. I go back, make adjustments, and then take hammer to that wall.   

Q. Who will we meet next week?

I’ve picked the fabulous three people to inform you about their writing process and why they write what they do. I’ve read their work, and can highly recommend them!

Katya Armock, author of To Hiss or to Kiss, and To Growl or to Groan from Etopia Press.

SJ Maylee, author of. Taking Chances and Untangle Me which are available from Evernight Publishing.  Watch for SJ’s post on February 24th.

Renea Mason, author of Symphony of Light and Winter and Imposter’s Kiss from Etopia Press.

And that’s all about me…well, not all.  I can’t give away all  my secrets! 😉


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2 Responses to “My Writing Process”

  1. S.J. Maylee says:

    Yes, great post, Anne. I’m looking forward to reading more from you. You’re going to have a great year. Thanks for including me in the tour. 🙂

  2. jolliffe01 says:

    Great post Anne. 🙂