Fabulous Five Blog Hop
I’ve been invited to answer these questions by L.M. Steel, author of the poignant and terrifying crime saga: ONCE UPON A SET OF WHEELS, now available on paperback through Beaten Track Publishing, UK. Check out L.M. Steel's website/blog at: http://lmsteel1.wordpress.com/2014/08/13/fabulous-five-blog-hop/
1.) What am I working on?
Well. I'm all over the place really. I am writing a short story that I hope will be included in an upcoming holiday collection from Beaten Track Publishing. It's a shortie with connections to both my novels Crush and Bright. It's about a family coming together for American Thanksgiving and befriending a huge, lovable Tom Turkey. The title of this story is "Boyfriend Goes Home". I'll let readers figure out why I chose such a strange title. Also I am desperately trying to figure out what else needs weeding out of the novel Bright. It seems to be of a decent length (all my books are long, but hey they could be longer) at last, but I can't help wondering if the story would benefit from further trimming. I'm also trying to get the word out on Twitter, FB, Pintrest, Tumblr and other places about Bright. I've been outlining my 3rd novel Armour, but haven't begun actually writing yet.
2.) How does my work differ from others?
I'm not sure. I'm an in-denial sentimental person, so I still believe in the possibility of love working for people. I feel like I'd lose my heart and persona if I allowed myself to become cold and cynical completely. Granted, I am very cynical and pessimistic about a lot of things, but I just can't give up on the idea of damaged, broken people on the edge of giving up being healed by genuine love. And I love creating a style of writing that exasperates some people. In the middle of a tender love scene, I insert words like "cock" and "cum", and that rubs romance purists the wrong way. I like to describe my work as "sweet, cuddly, smutty, dirty erotica." Erotica is different from porn. Erotica is about feelings, not just orifices and fluids. Sometimes I call it "Emotica".
- Why do I write what I do?
Oh boy...I've gotta be careful not to ramble your eyes out. I live my lifelong curiosities and dreams vicariously through my characters. I am an asexual. I can't say with absolute certainty that I will never experience sexual intimacy with another human being, but the older I get, the more comfortable I am with my current living situation, and I don't do well with huge change anymore. In my freshman year of high school, I was the sole receiver of an A+ on my anatomy test in sex ed class. One guy I know put the hymen on the male diagram. It was a hilarious thing to be one of perhaps 3 virgins in the class, and the only student who aced the test! I have always been interested in sexuality, but I am an asexual who is not comfortable with real life human intimacy. I've read and watched enough gay erotica to know the jargon, and how things function, and virgin or not, I understand human emotions, and have incorporated much of my personal relationship experiences. I also remember "folk" tales told by Great Aunts, Grandmas and Grandpa Armen. I like to write stories that warm your heart, make you laugh really hard, and make you angry and want to take action for change. Above all, I love to create characters straight from my soul, and I want readers to love these characters and identify with them, even if they have terrible habits or traits. Because we are all like that.
- How does my writing process work?
Who’s next on the Blog Hop?
I tag Rickey Russell, author of DEMON IN THE MIST, an atmospheric mystery thriller set in beautiful, eerie Appalachia.
I also tag poet Cindy J. Smith, author of VOICES IN MY HEAD and THEY WON'T SHUT UP, collections of poems we can all relate to: For more info: http://www.cindysvoices.webs.com/