Sunday, March 20, 2011

Author Musings

Well, I've been fighting with this blog for a while now and I think people can finally comment on my posts. I'm really html and site illiterate, but it was time to get this blog going.

What's going on in my life right now? I'm fighting with writer's block, that, and finding more time to write. I'm also fighting to lose a few pounds, no easy feat. Missy, what's your secret? And I've been hunting around on the internet for more promotional ideas and places. Gabby has been too lazy to promote. Well...not lazy, just always busy. I need to set one evening aside for promotion.

What do I blog about? Life in general? What's an interesting topic? For me, the writer, of course it's writing and I'd love to know what readers are really looking for. I'm at a loss what readers really want. My best selling novel,  Savage Lust, did so well, it made me a lot more enthusiastic. But...I received several emails from readers complaining there wasn't enough sex, not until the end of the book. I wrote The Orgasm Whisperer and made this one super hot. It didn't do well like Savage Lust. Complaints? Yes. There wasn't enough sex in the first half of the book and too much in the second half. Another complaint was: Not enough world building. Honestly, how much world building can one do around the heroine's visit to another planet for only two weeks? That one baffled me. Just about the whole book is set on Earth. Do I really need to build Earth? More complaints about Savage Lust: The heroine is eager to take her clothes off for these men, a little much for a virgin. Mm, think back to the old bodice rippers where clothing came off quite easily and a lot of sensuality and petting happened and even spanking, throughout the book.

Savage Lust has plenty of sensuality, teasing the reader. So does The Orgasm Whisperer and many of my other stories.

The series I began writing, The Minharian Chronicles, The Seventh Portal, started off well with book 1, but bombed with books 2 and 3. I thought I'd found something 'different' another type of shapeshifter from the regular ones that are always used, cats, wolves, bears etc. The Sasquatch was a unique approach, but I guess it wasn't. My Sasquatches didn't turn readers on at all. So, the series came to a full stop and book 4 is still a WIP. Like all writers, I have evolved since then and I'd like to think my writing has improved, so I may tackle that series one of these days and see if I can figure out what's wrong with it.

What am I currently working on? A shapeshifter, several contemporary, an historical but I don't know yet if that one will be erotic or mainstream, and I have a few more started. At this point I haven't a clue which one to continue.

Flame, a co-written book with Viola Grace, shapeshifter/paranormal, did reasonably well, but not well enough and readers hardly know it exists.

Present works in progress:  The Best Kept Secret, Black and White Lust, Altered Destiny, Don't Hang Up, and a few more. These are tentative titles so they could change. All are between 10,000 and 50,000 words at present. And...when I receive feedback and suggestions, maybe I'll start a complete fresh story. Who knows. The Muse is always busy, even at night in my dreams. I have far too many concepts on paper. I'll never write them all in my lifetime.

So, readers and writers, where do I go from here? I'd love to hear from all of you, so please leave comments? Have a great week!!!!



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