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It’s no secret that writers incorporate their personal experiences into their art.
“Is this based on something that happened to you?”
“This is too random for you to have just made up. Is this part real?”
“Is [insert male character] based on [insert ex-boyfriend]?”
“Is [insert male character] based on your husband?!”
I’m certainly not exempt from these questions, but as an author of steamy romance, these types of questions can quickly lead to an awkward conversation. But truthfully… yes, a lot of what I write stems from things I’ve experienced. We all have those weird, borderline unbelievable stories- I’m no different. I take that back- I might be slightly worse than average.
My experiences ensure that I constantly have an idea or two brewing in my head, and I’m always looking for ways to incorporate the unique tales of my life into my stories to make them one of a kind. The problem with some of my experiences, however, is that they are often difficult to fit within the narrative of my realistic novels without seeming out of place. I often have to tone them down a bit.
But I want to be able to share them in their full glory. Eventually, I figured why not just go crazy with an over the top story for a super fun read? So, I started writing the Diamond Elite series.
I’ve sat on the idea for a while now. The series is much different than my normal stories. I contemplated publishing it under a different pen name, but quickly scratched that idea. I don’t want an anonymous name getting credit for such a fun story. I’m not sure if it’s the type of story you all will like- but I don’t want fear of the unknown to stop me from telling my tales.
I needed a world where the character- or characters- would frequently encounter strange sex scenarios. The answer was obvious- escorts. Diamond Elite is about three women at different points in their lives working at a high-end escort agency- with a twist. They’re double agents of sorts, uncovering classified information for the highest bidders, seducing unsuspecting targets, and breaking the rules just enough to get themselves in a bit of trouble.
They’re spies. They’re escorts. And they’re a hot ass mess.
Book 1 of the Diamond Elite series is coming soon- this month. I hope you all enjoy it, because it’s a hell of a good time to write.
And as for those invasive questions people like to ask? My answer is always the same. Yes, I pull from my real life, but to what extent? I’ll never tell 😉
Explore the fantasies and secret rendezvous of the couples you’ve come to know and love (and some you haven’t met yet!). These five steamy shorts are a great introduction (or reacquaintance!) to the drama, growth, and lust of women who are just searching for their happily ever after.
My latest, Take Me There, consists of five quickies (the book is about 15,000 words). There’s little plot and a not a lot of romance- just a good, quick sex scenario. The reason I decided to write them was more of a necessity than for pure fun. Being off so long last year threw me off my game a little bit in terms of writing sex and imagining new ideas. I put the shorts together to help get me back in the flow of things, and to get back into the headspace of my characters a bit.
The book features Key and Wes from Private Affairs, Tasha and Scott from Executive Decision, Shae and Derek from Honeymoon with the Stranger, and two stories from characters you haven’t met yet, but will very soon.
If you like erotic shorts, this book is available for purchase on Amazon or to read for free with Kindle Unlimited.
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As a romance reader, I tend to enjoy a happy for now (HFN) story over the traditional happily ever after (HEA) ending. After going on a journey with the couple in the story, I want them to finally get to a place where they are together. At the same time, I like the slight open-endedness a HFN ending provides, a bit of what if at the end. In a good story, I think about the characters long after finishing with an HFN: will they continue to put their differences aside and work it out? Will the conflict that tore them apart ever come back to haunt them? I think a book is more realistic that way versus a HEA where everything is neat and perfect.
As a writer, a HFN also has another advantage: it gives the chance to continue the story. Sure, a completely new scenario could always be developed. But with sequels, I prefer diving right back in where I left off- when both reading and writing. I don’t want to miss or skip over one second of the lives of the characters I’ve gotten to know.
But a lot of readers disagree.
A lot of romance readers want their stories to end in a concrete way- with the happily ever after. And I absolutely understand why. You invest several hours of your time with these people, and you want closure. I tend to write more HFN over the HEA and the feedback I get from my beta-readers (and a few reviews) have shown me that this is one of the biggest issues readers have with my stories. Sometimes a HFN is the only option, the only way a story can logically end. And for those stories, there’s another option- an option for a part two. Needless to say, I have a couple of sequels coming. I’m excited about them- they’re from a couple of my favorite books.
Honeymoon with the Stranger was always going to have a part two. I intended to have it released in the fall of 2016, but that plan fell through with my medical leave last year. I have about 25% of the sequel written, with most of the story outlined. Shae is such a complex character, and I love the power struggle dynamic between her and Terrance. They are so fun to write together, and even though their story can be dark at times, I hope readers of their journey have found it just as fun to read as I’ve found it to write. Part two of Honeymoon with the Stranger will be released the first half of 2017.
The next sequel? Love for Lonely Hearts. With part one, the story and the characters evolved into something completely different than what I’d intended- which sometimes happens when writing. I’d actually planned for this story to have a HEA ending. But their situation is so messy, a clean cut conclusion didn’t seem right for them. Because of everything they had to overcome to be together, that means there’s so much more to their story- enough to warrant a part two. I have a few ideas brewing, but nothing concrete yet. I want to focus on tying up the few loose ends I have from 2016 before I dive into this story. But it will be completed this year.
Long story short, I hear you. I listen to my readers and beta-readers, and I value your input. Closure is coming.
How do you feel about HEA versus HFN endings?
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