Romance and Writing What You Know

We’ve all had bad relationships. And most romance novels seem to be about romances that go bad, then redeem themselves. This is me speaking from the perspective of a person who is not primarily a romance reader, mind you.

So my question is, how does it interact? Like every writer, a romance author surely draws upon his or her own experience to craft stories, though probably not putting literal events from their own lives into the tale. But are there any romance writers who have rarely or never had bad relationships… or who are currently living a strong, loving, long-term relationship with good communication and no major hassles?

I suspect the answer is – both. I daresay both good and bad relationships teach us about relationships, and that’s what romance writing is largely about. Long may it wave.

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Fear and Desire Audiobook!

Hey folks, Fear and Desire has been turned into an audiobook! That’s right, you can now hear this erotic tale read out loud.

The first chapter is up for free as a sample! Check it out!

New Review for Djinn

Djinn was reviewed by Joyfully Reviewed! Although she praised my writing, some parts of the story didn’t please the reviewer. Have you read it–do you agree? Let me know!

You Need to Read This! (Another Review)

Hey, Fear and Desire got another good review, this time from You Gotta Read Reviews. The reviewer had something in common with my main character! Come see what it was.

Fear and Desire gets 3.5 Cherries!

Fear and Desire is available at Lyrical!

The story has now been reviewed by Whipped Cream Reviews, getting 3.5 out of 4 cherries. Go check it out and see what cost me that final half a cherry! 😉

In Other News…

Two posts on the same day, whodathunkit? But I wanted to let you know that my local critique group has now got its own website!

It’s a face to face critique group, with the basic format of putting our work on a private online group, then critiquing and meeting in person to discuss, and also to work in one another’s company. We read and write fantasy, science fiction and any other type of fiction. And even if you just like to read and critique, you’re welcome to come! The rest of the information is on the website: http://www.denverfictionwriters.com

We aren’t all about the erotica, that’s for sure, but there are some who are willing to write and read it. So if you’re local to Denver and have been doing it in the closet (pun very much intended) give us a try if you need critiques and career support.

Fear and Desire

Great news! My erotic novella, ‘Fear and Desire’, has been accepted for contract by Lyrical Press!

Some few (very few) may have remembered this piece, which was up in incomplete form as a free read here. I think maybe one person requested the whole thing.

However, that is only the last stop for the long and checkered history of this story.

Sometime in the 90’s… I could find out if I really tried, but let’s not… I wrote a story called Fear and Desire. At that time I was writing free erotica for a moderated news board, under the name of rosemerry. You can probably still find some. I don’t advise it. Some of the elements of my current fiction are there, the name Sharadzi from Djinn for example (in a totally different story) and a few others.

But the thing is, the old Fear and Desire was written then. I say the ‘old’ version, because what happened is, I was considering writing a new erotica piece for Lyrical and mining the past for ideas (as every writer does). And I thought, what about that story? Maybe if I polish it up…

But instead of doing that, I rewrote it from scratch. I didn’t even read the old version, just wrote a new version based on the same idea. It is more or less the same story, just written as I would write it now instead of as I would write it then. Hopefully much better!

So the new version is now to be published. And that’s the odd, patchwork history of ‘Fear and Desire’. I hope when it comes out, it’ll be worth the wait!

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