Writing Process Meme

The lovely Elin Gregory tagged me for a meme—and since I can’t resist memes, or talking about writing, here goes. (Oh, you can find her posting here.)

What am I working on?

Right now I’m editing two Contemporary Paranormals (one novel length and one that may grow into a 20-30K novella), and a YA short, and drafting a story for the Goodreads Don’t Read in the Closet event. Two more stories are knocking at the door but they have to wait until I’ve met the deadline for the GR story.

How does my work differ from others?

Not sure exactly but it must because it doesn’t seem to have mass appeal. I’m trying to move a little closer to mainstream but I’ve never been quite sure where the middle of the road is, so we’ll see what comes from that experiment.

I come from a lit fic and non-fiction background (which is hilarious, since i grew up in public housing and am still wildly undereducated) and mostly write about folks for whom being part of the middle class is the impossible dream, or just plain strange little stories (like kink that’s not BDSM—what was I thinking?!). Also, I don’t think a sex scene requires penetration which is a departure in MM as far as I can tell, regardless of the reality of queer sex practices. But maybe my opinion goes back to coming of age in the early 80s.

Why do I write what I do?

Because people will publish it and read it? Not the whole truth, but close enough. I’m a bisexual woman whose had, let’s just say a wealth of experiences to draw from in many areas of the queer experience, so that’s what I write. I’ve been writing fiction with the goal of publication since 1995, published since 1998—but the stories with female protagonists haven’t been picked up by paying markets or I’d write more of them. It’s just like anywhere in literature—stories about male characters are seen as more universal and stories with female characters are seen as niche. Not being critical, just an observation.

I’m working on YA fiction with bisexual main characters, but it’s hard to find a place for a piece of LGBT YA fiction unless the heroine ends up in love with another girl at the end. I think there should be a place for bi lit that’s not dependent on a same-sex Romantic ending, but I don’t know if I’ve found one yet (we’ll see within the next few weeks *fingers crossed*). But a lack of interest never stopped me from writing before. 🙂

photo credit: Peter Ras via photopin cc

How does my writing process work?

Ha! Raven (the muse) is laughing their ass off in my head.
I don’t have a solid process, but I do this a lot:

  • See something shiny and then start to hear a new voice in my head;
  • Struggle to get the first bits down;
  • On the verge of falling asleep get a lightning bolt of inspiration that won’t let me close my eyes until I’ve scribbled at least a half-dozen pages of notes, snippets of dialogue, etc.;
  • Dedicate months to draft upon draft until the story reveals itself to me;
  • Hit or miss search for a beta;
  • Revise until I feel it’s ready to sub.

Elin says I’m supposed to tag more authors, so I’m tagging Grace R. Duncan, CJane Elliott, Brynn Stein, and Dianne Hartsock. Have at it, gals!

Summer Sun Award!

The lovely & talented Shehanne Moore tagged me with a Summer Sun Award! Since she brightens up my blog-feed on a regular basis, I couldn’t really say no. I wanted to answer the questions as one of my characters, but I just heard a chorus of laughter in my head so these are all me. Thanks, guys, I appreciate your support! 😛

Favorite song with summer in the title or the words (give the line):

Janis Joplin’s cover of Summertime!

Favourite book about summer:

The last one I read was by my fellow Dreamspinner author Bru Baker—Diving In. A steamy short about a water polo player falling in love with the pool boy.

Favourite hot summer film:

It’s not romantic, but I have to say Jaws. I’ve always loved a good jump-scare, and the best one ever involved this movie and an entire X-tra large tub of buttered popcorn!

Favourite summer memory:

Trying to catch sand sharks at the Marina with my cousins when we were about 11. We never even got close, but it sure was fun!

Favourite summer holiday destination:

The beach! Any beach will do, but I love the Oregon coast the most.

What books will be in your suitcase this summer?

No vacations planned this year, but my nook is always full of hot m/m Romances!

What’s your likely destination this summer?

I have a day trip or two planned for the Oregon coast later in the summer. It’s always nice for a few days after school starts again, and the beaches can be almost deserted then. Maybe I’ll get another book out of it!

What hottie would you most like to be sharing the hot days and long nights with this summer?

This implies I have to choose one! That’s hard, but since I’m looking forward to seeing him on the big screen next week I’ll go with Charlie Hunnam. If I get two—add Moon Bloodgood, cuz she’s hawt.

As with all blog memes, there are rules: display the logo and link back to the blog of the person who nominated you (done!). Then you’re supposed to answer a few summery questions and nominate another eight victims, er, winners.

Since I’m subversive by nature, I have to break at least one of the rules. I’m choosing the nominating rule. If you’re reading this, I’m nominating you! Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to pick up this ball I left in the parking lot and run with it! Or something like that. If you want to be tagged, consider yourself tagged!

Sunshine Award!

I’m horrible at remembering to do things “later”, so while I’m taking a break from editing CS here is my Sunshine Award post.  I was tagged by two great ladies, Shehanne Moore and Noelle Clark!  Both Shey and Noelle are fellow Etopia Press authors, and I hope you’ll take a moment to check out their new releases.  Now wouldn’t be a bad time, since this award requires I talk about myself, which isn’t as interesting as a good Romance.  🙂

The Sunshine Award, like most everything else, comes with a set of rules.  I’ll do my best to follow them, but I’m not making any promises.
(1) Thank the person who gave you the award in your blog post.  [Done! Off to a good start!]

(2) Do the Q&A below.  [Shouldn’t be too hard.]

(3) Pass on the award to 10-12 deserving and inspiring bloggers, inform them and link to their blogs.  [Here’s where it all goes off the rails.  More later.]

Favourite Colour:  Purple.  Just about everything I own that comes in purple, is purple.  If I have to use something, like dinner plates or shower curtains, they should also be pretty.

Favourite Animal:  Snow leopard.  They’re pretty, and look sweet on the outside, but don’t fuck with one or you’ll be sorry.  Plus, they’re perfectly happy on a mountaintop where they usually don’t have to worry about biting someone’s hand off on G.P.

Favourite Number13.  Friday the 13th to be precise.  It’s a lucky day for me, always has been.

Favourite Non-alcoholic drink:  Diet Mt. Dew!  It’s my D.O.C.

Facebook or TwitterThat’s hard.  Both can be fun & both can be major time-sinks.  But I’ll have to say Twitter.  Less intrusion by management.

Your PassionLGBT equality.  If someone said I had to choose between a writing career and full equality, I’d have to sneak notebooks into the washroom.

Giving or getting presents:  This may not sound sincere, but I love finding the perfect gift for someone I love.  I wouldn’t turn down a present, but it’s more fun for me to give.

Favourite DayThe day in early September when it’s still warm and sunny but the kids are back in school so I get the beach all to myself.

Favourite FlowersSpring bulbs.  I can never choose between the daffodil or the iris. 

Okay, that’s enough about me.  *shivers*  I really don’t like talking about me, it always sounds so boring . . . I mean, I already know all this stuff.  *lol*

To address Rule 3:  I’m not going to tag anyone specifically, but anyone reading this may consider themselves tagged if they’d like to be.

Don’t wait too long, or you may forget.  This post will be usurped in a few hours by an interview with the wonderful Charlie Cochrane, who is very lovely and entertaining.

The Next Big Thing

The lovely Shehanne Moore tagged me for The Next Big Thing Blog Hop, a fun little meme allowing authors to spotlight a book or project they’re working on.  Since I’m waiting for my Thanksgiving rolls to get through their second rise, here’s my entry!
What is your working title of your book?

Coping Mechanisms
Where did the idea come from for the book?

It’s a short that I pulled out of my 2010 NaNo manuscript to help promote my Christmas story, COMFORT AND JOY.  I wanted to write about when Sam and Charlie first met and their early romance, and this is part of that story.
What genre does your book fall under?

M/M Erotica.
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Charlie is easy.  Before I got to know him well, I pictured him as Nathan-ish (from the British version of Queer as Folk), but a little older.  I still think Charlie Hunnam would be the one to play Charlie Price (except my Charlie would be clean-shaven).


Sam is harder.  I did a lot of searching for actors I’d want to play him (yeah, it’s a dirty job but someone has to do it!), but haven’t found anyone who’d be perfect.  Sam is built like a tight end, something like Jared Padalecki.


But my Sam has beautiful dark brown skin with brick red undertones and shiny black hair (kind of styled like Padalecki wears his to play Sam Winchester, now that I think about it) so for now I’m going with him.  Plus, I really like this picture.
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?


A hot young man bothered by circumstances beyond his control tests his theory that the cure is to take charge of something he can control.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

Actually, I’ll be giving it away on blog hops and other appearances.  I thought it’d be fun to offer a free short in the lead-up to the release of COMFORT AND JOY since it’s Christmas (and nobody has ever read my writing before :)) and my wonderful editor agreed!  She’s graciously offered to help me polish it up and format it for easy-reading.  So stay tuned and I’ll be sure and give everyone who’s interested a chance at the freebie!
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

Since it was part of a NaNo manuscript, the official answer is one month.  But I wrote so many sex scenes that month I couldn’t say how long it took to write this one.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

If I say that you’ll just go out and buy that book!  (Which is to say that I don’t really know of any offhand.  :))
Who or what inspired you to write this book?

I’ve known Sam since before he was born (my first published short story was about his mother!).  He left for college and basically dropped off the family radar for a while.  All I really knew for a long time was that he stayed in Chicago after college and was with a pianist named Charlie.  Originally I thought Charlie was a girl, but nope!  He’s a pretty blond boy with blue eyes and mad musical skills.  The first time I saw them together it was obvious they have one of those timeless loves every Romance junkie wants to read about, so I had to write it and see for myself!
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

It’s short, only about three thousand words, but has a nice bit of submission (and character development too, if you like that kind of thing).  Oh, and it’s free!

The rules want me to tag five authors, but I’m late to this party so almost every author I know has already done this.

I’m tagging these authors:

KC Shaw

Dan-Lyn Alexander

Alix Bekins

Just to be official, here are the rules:

Include the link of who tagged you and this explanation for the people you have tagged.

***Use this format for your post
***Answer the ten questions about your current WIP (work in progress)
***Tag five other writers/bloggers and add their links so we can hop over and meet them.