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I was tagged by Megan Michaels, a fellow author and friend in the domestic discipline fiction genre who also writes age-play, to blog about my writing process and other bits about my work. Thank you Megan for the nomination :)
1. What am I currently working on?
I've just finished book IV in the Waldorf Manor series, 'The Glass House'' but will be receiving edits within the next couple of weeks and am in communication with my graphic designer (whom I've actually met!) as we develop the cover. I'm beginning work on book V which is the conclusion to the Waldorf Manor series. I've also got eight other books in progress which can be seen on my 'workload' page. Aside from that, I'm also planning one baby shower, the Blushing Books Writer's Weekend, my 5th wedding anniversary and redoing our guest room.
2. How does my work differ from others in it's genre
I've only been writing fultime since September 2013 and the only books I've written so far are in the Waldorf Manor series with a continuing cast of characters and an eventual conclusion to their situations - so for the moment my genre is considered light age-play and domestic discipline. Plus romance in the 2nd-5th books. I'm a domestic discipline (smack on the bum) writer, that's for sure. 18+, no-sex, very little if any swearing, no-nonsense men in suits or similar putting their adorably dressed wives/girlfriends/fiances back in line with open-handed encouragement. Yup, that's me :)
For the most part, my work differs mainly because it excludes sex or pre-marriage sexual encounters. It's sensual, don't get me wrong. But I don't write about sex or describe body parts or how they react or weep or excrete in reaction to said sensualism. Depending on what makes a person tick, it could be considered erotic. To another person, it isn't at all but it's a great escape fantasy story with a bit of smacky bottoms.
3. Why do I write what I do?
Well, in order to answer that question I should probably give more than just a straight answer. A large part of my audience and fans of the Waldorf Manor series know a lot about me because I'm raw and genuine about how I feel on certain matters - just read my blog. I've candidly shared before how I came to write my first book, 'The Solicitation', which I wrote in six weeks after moving from England to America in April 2013. That was my first book and first time being published although I started writing a novel when I was 13 years old called 'Sam's Silence'. My friend Kate and I were partners in writing and the story took place at an English boarding school. As we grew older, more wise about life in general, geography, culture and life changed - so did the book. The only constant was the story had corporal punishment as a very overriding theme. I had absolutely no idea that I was essentially writing 'spanking fiction'. Again, there was no sex in our novel, it was straight up well-deserved pupils getting punished for indiscretions (cheating on exams, lying, back chat etc) and I can say that Kate was an awfully good sport because I was the one who couldn't write too many scenes without it! I don't know why, it was how I wrote. Fast forward to now. I'm 27 years old and the book isn't finished. I tried to sit down and bring it full circle but then I got married and started a new career and then we moved to the USA. The story never flowed and it wasn't very natural to me until now. When we relocated last year I had this idea about a girl who leaves her broken home in response to an online-advertisement from a man ten years her senior (a perfect gentleman, might I add) who had an estate to envy, and he makes her part of his life. He takes her in and adopts her, teaches her how to live a privileged life without letting money get to her head and thus, 'The Solicitation" was born. The response via sales and reviews was overwhelming and I realised that this story, written in six weeks (compared to the never-ending novel of going on 13 years) was what I needed to write. And here I am working on the fifth book. So why do I write what I do? Because it's what came out of me. And as I always tell people; Do. Not. Force. Your. Writing. [But by all means, be dedicated and disciplined about keeping a schedule or making goals about your work]
4. How does my writing process work?
LOL. Oh my. How I sometimes WISH I had a process. I don't. In fact, I suppose you could call my complete lack of planning - my process. I never ever ever outline a story, I never think about who my characters are going to be. They usually show up as I type the story. I don't plan much in advance. I've also blogged about this before . . . it all starts with an idea, a trigger, a line, or inspiration. I take that and start typing. Whatever comes out, I just run with it and edit as I go. I introduce characters in the beginning, middle and end of my work when I think, 'hmm, I need to break up this scene or the overwhelming feel of this chapter.' I keep regular business hours writing from generally 9-5 or 10-6 pm. I always start the day with coffee, emails and social media. Then I either sit at my desk or move to the sitting room or my local coffee shop. I set up my area with phone, notebook, drink and pick up where I left off. I'm a little eccentric about that part - I have to have things a certain way before I start working. Things have to be neat and tidy, I need to be comfortable, fully dressed with makeup - that's just how I am. There is more preparation and processing in my 'pre-writing' than the actual writing!!
If I wake up in the morning and I don't ''feel'' like writing then I know I'm burnt out and in six months of writing fultime at home I've experienced that three times each lasting from two days to one week. During that time I have no desire to write, so I don't. I clean, visit friends, bake, rearrange our house or catchup on my correspondence. When I'm ready to write again then I carry on with my schedule.
Sometimes in the middle of writing one needs to stop and research a topic or find out more information before continuing and that can be very distracting! And there is hilarious commentary on Facebook from writers who know that for a fact.
My characters usually hijack the story anyway so it's a good thing I don't outline or plan much as I would inevitably deviate .
For next week I nominate Dinah McLeod and Heather Cole.
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