Blog Hop Interview – Tag You’re It



Last week I have been tagged by Neil Winnington to take part in this blog hop. I have recently started chatting to Neil and find him a sweet, caring man who I hope to meet in real life sometime. Unlike the author interview I recently done for Sex in Words, this blog hop has set questions that all authors or aspiring authors should answer.

At the end of this post I will nominate three authors to answer the same questions and I hope they will be able to do their posts before 25 October and that the three of them in turn will nominate three other (aspiring) authors. That way we keep this blog hop going.

1. What are you working on right now?
2. How does it differ from other work in it’s genre?
3. Why do you write what you do?
4. How does your writing process work?

1. What are you working on right now?
I am actually working on four different stories at the moment, for four different submission calls. Two of those stories are due at the end of this month, so they take preference over the other two stories, which are due early in 2014.

Both stories due at the end of this month are about BDSM relationships. One is about a full-blown BDSM relationship and the other is about a starting relationship. The other two stories are not about BDSM at all. Both are love stories. One is about love between two women, the other about a forbidden relationship.

In between all this writing for submission calls, I also write for my blog on a very frequent (read: daily) basis.

2. How does it differ from other work in it’s genre?
I think there are more similarities with other work in it’s genre than there are differences. I am not trying to be different than others, but I am not trying to be alike either. I write stories that come to mind and I write them in my own style. My stories frequently come from personal experiences or from my own fantasies. However, the two love stories I am writing are all a fabrication of my mind. I find those harder to write, but it’s a learning curve I am happy to go through.

3. Why do you write what you do?
When I was about 15 I wrote my first novel. Handwritten (no computers back then – yes, I am THAT old). It had a bit of erotica in it, but really only a hint of it. Later I tried to write ‘normal’ stories, but I feel much more comfortable in writing erotica.

I have been interested in and exposed to sex and sexy things from a very young age. It intrigues me and I love using my wicked mind in my writing.

4. How does your writing process work?
Mostly when I see a submission call I want to write for, the story already starts forming in my mind. I do all my writing in Scrivener and once I know I am going to write a story, I create a file in Scrivener for it. Then I start writing. I do not worry about overused words or passive verbs or any of that, but I just write the story as it flows from my mind, through my fingers and onto the screen. A story must make sense to me. If it doesn’t, there’s no way it will make sense to my readers.

Once the story is done, I copy the text from Scrivener into a word file. Then my editing process starts. I use Pro Writing Aid (licensed version) to edit my stories. I edit them over and over and over, until I am happy with it. Sometimes I rewrite paragraphs and then I edit again. Once I am happy with it in Pro Writing Aid, I use the grammar check tool in Word. Next I print my stories, find a quiet place and read the story. I make some more changes if necessary and then run it through Pro Writing Aid again. Lastly I use Text Aloud to listen to my story and then, if more changes have been made, I yet again run it through Pro Writing Aid.

When all editing is done, the story is ready for submission to the editor.

This might sound like a devious process, but it really works for me. I will not send a story to an editor if I am not entirely happy with it. I do not, however, go through this same process when I write my blog posts. I just don’t have the time for that!

I’ve read a couple of the entries for this blog hop. It’s interesting to read how the writing process works for others. It seems we all have a different way to do it and I think we can all learn from each other. I am highly organized with my writing, but just wish I had more time for it. I would love to work one day less in the week (I work 5 days) and spend that day writing. Maybe one day…


My nominations
I wanted to nominate authors who I know have been published before, or will be published soon. I hope these authors will accept the nomination and do their posts before 25 October 2013. My nominations are:

* Molly Moore
* Gemma Jones
* Jillian E. Boyd

Thanks again, Neil Winnington, for tagging me!

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