I can’t imagine why anyone would be interested in what I have to say on this, but I was invited to participate in the My Writing Process blog tour by fellow lesfic author Yolanda Wallace. So, here are my answers:
#1 What am I working on?
I just finished two projects that will release in 2015: “Dragon Horse War: The Calling,” the first in a fantasy series scheduled for release in February; and “Riding Passion,” a D. Jackson Leigh sampler of erotic romance short stories anchored by a 15,000 word novella and tentatively scheduled to release in May..
So this week, I also signed a contract for two books I’ll write for 2016 publication: “Tracker and the Spy,” the second in the Dragon Horse War trilogy; and “Swelter,” a romantic intrigue. I’m jumping into “Tracker and the Spy” right away while I’m still in Dragon Horse War mode. I wanted to time the trilogy so that the installments release a year apart and I’ll still have time to write my traditional romances in between.
#2 How does my work differ from others in the same genre?
My trademark is that I always have horses in my books. Sometimes they play a big role, sometimes a small role. For example, I’ve written about eventing ( Olympic equestrian competition), Quarter Horse racing, polo, etc. I didn’t set out to do that, but I’ve apparently attracted a lot of horse lovers who say they don’t normally read romance novels. Also, I have loved horses since I was a child and can’t think of anything sexier than a woman on a beautiful horse. Horses are empowering. It’s the only athletic field of competition I can think of where women and men can compete on the same level because the horse is the equalizer.
#3 Why do I write what I do?
I write stories because I’m a voracious reader and I wrote my first book because I was searching fruitlessly for something to read. This was before the explosion of lesbian fiction in this decade. Once I started writing, I couldn’t stop. At first, I thought it was because I really, really enjoy the lesbian fiction community. I’ve made so many friends all over the world and traveled to places I never would have had the courage to go. But the truth is, if I go several weeks without writing, I get itchy to get back to it.
I write romances because I’m a hopeless romantic. Even my fantasy trilogy centers on romantic pairings. My parents were very romantic with each other and I think that’s why it feels like home when I’m reading/writing in that genre.
#4 How does my writing process work?
Butt in chair, or rather on couch. Unfortunately, I’m not one of those writers who can sit down and churn out a 1,000 words when I have a spare hour. It takes me a while to warm up and get rolling, so my more productive writing time is when I have an entire day. I work evenings as a newspaper editor in my real job, so my brain really kicks in and becomes productive late in the day. During my regular work week, I try to take care of things like laundry, housekeeping, shopping and yard work in the mornings. That way, my weekend is free for writing or finding a few hours to spend with friends.