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Welcome to the 2014 AW Erotica Author's blog hop! For 2+ weeks, learn more about some awesome author's from Absolute Write forums and enter for your chance to win books and prizes!
This is the first stop in our two week event. I'm here with Anais Morgan, author of Assist Me and other M/F and M/M titles.
Welcome Anais to the blog!
So, is it easier to write action,
sex, or emotional scenes?
I think action is easiest. The movement and breaking down it
down seems to come naturally for me. I see what’s going on in my head and write
what I see. Emotional is the hardest by far because trying to get the reader
emotionally invested can be difficult.
Is there a story
you want to write but feel the market is too crowded for?
I have a vampire romance during the zombie apocalypse
written. It’s one of my favorite stories, and I did submit to some agents and
publishers, but was told that vampire romances are dead. I hope vampires aren’t
totally burned out because I love reading them.
If you could steal
any erotic author’s career, whose would it be?
I don’t want to steal anyone’s career. Their money? Of
course. I’ve heard EL James is filthy rich. But I want to create my own brand.
Although an author I’ve been reading recently I would love to write like her.
Tell us a little bit about your main character from your
My WIP is the sequel to my short story, Assist Me. The books center around a vampire family, the Wictreds,
that is truly a sadistic bunch. The main character is Mary Scott. She’s a woman
that was raised and trained to become a blood slave to the Wictred vampire
family. They don’t make survival easy for her. I love toying with her. Once she
thinks she’s safe they prove she isn’t, but Mary is a strong woman and grows
and evolves with her surroundings. Solomon, one of the vampires, enjoys
watching her squirm.
Does your main
character have a catch phrase/pick up line?
Solomon doesn’t really have a catch phrase. His pick up line
would be “You want to have sex?” But he does call Mary “Virgin” because, well,
she is one. It’s a name that is meant to demean but later changes to a way to
What would your
main character say is their sexiest feature?
Solomon would say that he couldn’t pick, but may settle on
his fangs. He says a vampire’s fangs are like their dick-meant to draw moisture
from the girl and a hell of a good time for him.
What would your
character say is least sexy?
Solomon is too egotistical to think he’s less than perfect.
Was there a scene
(no spoilers) that you enjoyed writing most in your current WIP?
This is a dark paranormal erotic romance that contains some scenes and
acts that may be triggering to some readers. While this does have a happy
ending, please be advised.
Betty is like any fresh-from –college woman: she is in need of a job. She
applies and is hired as the personal assistant to Deacon Wictred. All she’s
told is he deals in human relations. Far from it.
On her first day, Betty meets Deacon and is immediately taken by his good
looks. When he puts her against his door and gives her the best orgasm she’s
ever had, this job has more promise than she first expected. But there’s a
catch. Deacon is a vampire who makes sure that other vampires always have a
Betty doesn’t think she can hand peoples’ lives over so easily, but she can’t
quit or she’ll be killed to keep her silence. She is given a piece of
advice-Deacon loves a strong woman. She soon realizes that she has more power
over her vampire boss than she originally thought.
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Good grief, after this winter, it's great to announce that summer is coming!
Yes, I know I've been way too quiet here, despite my earlier promise to post more. Honestly, I hadn't been writing much since recently, so I've been living my real life instead.
That's okay. Nothing wrong with that.
But I do have some ideas of what I'd like to post about. One: look forward to the Absolute Write Blog Hop starting on June 23rd. This is YOUR CHANCE TO WIN some fabulous prizes from erotica/erotic romance authors from Absolute Write Water Cooler forums! The first post will be here on my blog, and I'll be interviewing the fabulous Erika Lindsen.
And then... I'd like to start a new weekly post titled "Monday Mindfulness" talking about how authors and readers alike can use mindfulness in their daily lives. Finding mindfulness and using it has really been inspirational for me, and as we all know, life can really throw us curve balls. That's just an idea.
Anyway, I've been writing lately. Getting all caught up on Project Wasteland book 2 and I'm planning the release for book 1. Oh, and I've been playing around with MMD, making Gintama characters dance and rendering out videos to Youtube. Eh, silly or not, I don't care. I'm a total otaku, so fuck it!
And, just a side note that probably don't matter much to anyone reading this, but I might get rid of my Livejournal. Any other blogging site like LJ (not DW) that I could use for random anime stuff? Or should I post stuff like here? Or maybe I could use my "other" blog on Blogger... LOL
Here in Nebraska it has not. Nope. Basically Mother Nature has decided to trick us. The first day of spring it was beautiful. As the weekend progressed, it turned cold again and even snowed on Saturday. Ugh. The grass is slowly trying to green, as the trees are also trying to bud, but Ole' Man Winter just won't let go of the reins.
Oh well... It will come.
And that leads me to my next discussion. So what have I been up to lately? It's been an awfully quiet winter, mainly because I've been struggling with personal stuff. But I do have several upcoming releases that will be officially posted on my website as soon as I have a new computer built. :)
One thing I've been learning lately is how to be more mindful. What is that? Well, you might have heard the sayings: "Stop and smell the roses" or "Live for today." It's the goal of living in the present moment, day to day. We all live in a busy world and that rush tends to run us ragged. You know that "personal stuff" I talked about in the previous paragraph is the reason why I decided to try this mindfulness stuff. And it's been quite beneficial, for the most part.
As author's, I believe we could all use a little more mindfulness in our everyday tasks. I know I'm always so impatient to see a new upcoming release, so I'll concentrate too much into the future to really think about what's happening right now. Or I'm always scared of rejection, even when I've just sent in a manuscript, again worried too much about the future to miss out on the opportunities of today.
Feeling overwhelmed? Try this: In a quiet setting, sit upright in your chair, couch, bed, where ever. Take a deep breath, feeling the air enter your nostrils and your belly expanding, then exhale. Focus on your breathing - sometimes it helps to think to yourself: when you breath in, think "IN". When you breath out, think "OUT". Let any other thought, good or bad, pass by without being judgmental about them. Do this for five minutes.
How do you feel?
It takes practice. I'm definitely not there yet, but the main goal of that exercise is to relax yourself, not calm your mind, but to let the thoughts come and go just as they are without letting them consume you.
Want to learn more? Check out some mindfulness videos on Youtube. The breathing exercise will help with all sorts of situations.
It's really funny sometimes how authors (like me) completely avoid topics to write about if they are particularly triggery. And it's exactly how readers will chose books that don't trigger them. I have several topics that I won't touch, actually, and those that I will even if they are kind of triggery.
I'm just a very, very sensitive person with those things. One thing that scares the crap out of me is the thought of the apocalypse, but yet I tried to write a story based on that type of scenario. When I first started the idea back in 2012, I decided to wait until that whole Mayan prophesy thing was done before writing the whole thing. This December, I finally got it done, even if it's a little haywire on the why's and where's, frankly because I don't want to think about things like that.
But that's plotting I suppose and it needs to be done.
So I wrote about that one, even though it's kind of scary.
Another example... Last year I must have been in a damn good mood, because my story "Surviving the Fall" available at Less Than 3 in their "If You're Reading This Anthology" deals with a major trigger for me. Strangely. I love the story. Gaw, love it. But it's something that I usually won't write about.
In the story, Austin finds the perfect coat at a thrift store for his date. In the pocket, is a note and a ring, and curious, Austin decides to take the ring to the address on the note. He meets love interest, Luke and finds out, the original owner of the ring committed suicide.
Although I never go into major details, that word is a trigger for me. Hence why I think I must have been in one hell of an awesome mood last year. This year, though, when I went back for one last read through before publication in January, it was suddenly a trigger again.
I don't know, maybe it's because I've been in one hell of a shitty mood this year. You know how it goes, drama drama drama... LOL
Stories like that are important to write, and readers do love them. But honestly, I'm not sure if I'll ever go into a topic like that again. Hey, it's good to challenge myself, though. Done...