Monday, September 8, 2014

My #writingprocessblogtour (Welcome to the Chaos)


Thank you Reed James for inviting me to do this blog tour. I said yes because Reed is a cool guy, prolific author of steamy erotica and just a blast to hang out with on Twitter.
That being said, I know my process is weird (putting it mildly) but I wanted to do it anyway! Thank you Reed! (Have I told you lately--YOU ROCK!)

Later, I'll be posting my interview with Reed.

What am I working on? 
I’m currently working on the follow up to Not Even Death Eternally Your Master. The second installment in this novella series will be Not Even Death Still Your Master. It will be released Tuesday 09-09-2014, first on Amazon and then other places.

I could describe the series as “Fifty Shades of Grey” meets “P.S. I Love You” but, it’s more “lifestyle” accurate than FSOG.

It begins with the death of Calico’s master, Markus, and goes through the path he prepared to help her continue to the next phase of life. The romance is truly between Markus and Calico. The erotica is with Calico and each “suitor” Markus enlists to help him. Each book is a lesson in her journey, like “Maslow’s Hiearchy of Needs”, each lesson bringing her closer to self actualization/true-happily ever after love. By the end of book four, Forever Your Master, the romance will shift from Markus & Calico, to Calico and “Mr. The One.”

The third installment should be available by Halloween, and will be entitled Always Your Master.The fourth and final novella, Forever Your Master is slated to be released in December—it will have a Christmas theme.

I’m also editing “Golden Doll”, the first of the Angel to Butterfly series of novels. This is where my heart is. I’ll explain more about this one as it nears release. In short, it’s a beautiful story about the transforming power of love—through and because of—submission and surrender to love.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

The Not Even Death series differs from the erotic romance formula in a few ways. 
First, it has a bittersweet undercurrent since it begins a month after the hero’s funeral. It breaks quite a few hard and fast rules of romance, which is why I opted to self-publish. I want to feel, think and be taken through those emotions when I read.

How much more romantic can you get—than to have your husband/Master/love continue to guide you past death—because he loves you that much?

Secondly, she doesn’t have a HEA in each story. Each novella is a step--each Master/Dominant, a stepping stone, a lesson--leading to her ultimate HEA. With each she is happier for now.

Another difference in my work is that I will make every attempt to be “lifestyle accurate”. Sometimes the little nuances are the most profound. Everything I’ve written thus far (WIP included) could be re-read by the reader, with new understanding. Things that might seem insignificant may actually be very important.

These nuances may be overlooked initially, but will also show vanilla (non-lifestyle) readers that there is more to BDSM than whips, chains and (eek) handcuffs. Those are toys, they're the dessert--trust is the meat and potatoes.

Why do I write what I do?

This is a loaded question.

It was sort of a gauntlet laid out to me when I read FSOG. I knew it missed the mark. Psychologically and regarding the actual BDSM lifestyle, it was inaccurate in so many ways. I decided to write something different. This began the writing of “Golden Doll” and it snowballed from there.

To expound on the above just a bit, I’ll say this, the concept of the MC saving him from the BDSM world rubbed me the wrong way. Like a cat, being pet backward—I wanted to bite—“Golden Doll” is that bite.

I love the psychological aspect of the BDSM world, and the possibility for great transformation on the part of the dominant partner as well as the submissive.

When love helps you find, “I love you—because of who you are—not in spite of it”. When you find the other piece of your own personal puzzle you don't need to save the other from them self, rather you save each other by fostering the growth of the true self.

* I believe in this in BDSM and vanilla relationships alike.

How does my writing process work?

THE big question! (LOL)

As I’ve mentioned before in respect to this. My process is chaos.

In attempt to not be redundant, I’ll mention other parts of my process, or elaborate on things I may have skimmed over previously.

Music plays such a huge part in my process. Just sitting outside this morning, listening to music and drinking coffee, I was drawn more deeply into Calico and Markus by a song. The next one that came on took me to other characters I’ve only mentally outlined. Like a portal in time, place and feeling—music helps it all manifest.

I will also sometimes sit and observe. I did this for a future work earlier this summer. I spent a day in the country and woke up early specifically to immerse myself in everything. I narrated it all—smells, feelings, sights—into my phone. These will figure deeply into painting the landscape, the tapestry of that couple’s world.

Sometimes in the shower, or laying down to sleep at night—when things are the most peaceful in my mind—I’ll see the vision so clearly—and say it into my phone.

As you can see, my phone is super important in my process. I couldn’t edit without it. I speak the entire story into my phone and listen—repeatedly. I listen for flow, word redundancy, and character development. This is how I edit.

If I can’t “see it” then I rework it. If a character’s voice comes out of my mouth while I read, I use that extra added detail to assist the way I write them.

I always ask everyone I know who reads me—“Could you see it?”—if they couldn’t, then I’d polish it some more. So far, they all seem to “see” what I create.

I hand write, speak and eventually type everything out. I then listen to the music and the story. I choose almost every word with intention—to paint with the exact hue of the color—with the proper strokes—I want the reader to see.

In my process, I shop for my colors—instead of shopping at Lowe’s or Michael’s—I shop in the world. I make my own paint, mixed with my own experience—the music—with all my senses I absorb my surroundings and stir with dreams and imagination.

To keep the blog tour rolling I tagged another of the Naughty Misfits Twitter crew, The Official Anthony Beal! His answers will be up at his blog next week.

While you're hopping around the internet check out both of these fantastic erotica authors.

Reed James

Reed James is a thirty year-old guy living in Tacoma, WA. "I love to write, I find it freeing to immerse myself in a world and tell its stories and then share them with others." He's been writing naughty stories since high school, furiously polishing his craft, and finally feels ready to share his fantasies with the world.
"I love writing about women who want to be a little (or a lot) naughty, people expressing their love for each other as physically and kinkily as possible, and women loving other women. Whether it's a virgin experiencing her/his first time or a long-term couple exploring the bounds of their relationships, it will be a hot, erotic story!"
For his day job Reed drives a paratransit shuttle, helping the disabled and senior citizens get around town. "It can be both a rewarding and stressful job in turns. And sometimes sad."
So check out his works, the Naughty Wives Series and Seducing Straight Women series and the erotic-supernatural thriller My Fallen Angel.

Anthony Beal

Anthony Beal's publishing credits include frequent contributions to The as well as to all three volumes of the Dark Dreams horror anthology series edited by award-winning horror novelist Brandon Massey, the Chocolate Flava 2: Succulent anthology edited by New York Times best-selling author Zane, Las Vegas-themed erotica anthology Sin City, and the bisexual threesome erotica anthology Some Like It Bi, both edited by The Dark Duet Trilogy author Jennifer Roberts.
Anthony's other interests include drinking, graphic novels, Japanese language and culture, cooking, poetry by Paul Lawrence Dunbar, and fiction by Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Charles Bukowski. His writing influences include E.A. Poe, Anais Nin, and Henry Miller.
Anthony's debut novel-length work titled The Escapists: An Erotic Fantasy Novel, has garnered multiple 5-star reviews and continues to earn praise.

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