24 January 2013

Sisterhood of the Travelling Blog - ROUND ONE

Welcome to our second round of Sisterhood of the Travelling Blog! Join us nine authors as we talk about our writing, our characters, our inspiration and ourselves! This week I am hosting a blog entry from Sherrie Henry as she tells us about some of the wonderful characters she has created. You can find my entry on her blog this week. 

Ø  In your upcoming works in progress or new releases, what character are you most looking forward to your fans reading and why?

Of course, the administrator of these blogs, Ashley Nemer, has provided an almost impossible question to answer. I love all my characters and would like to think each and every one of them is interesting and entertaining.

How about I just list what’s coming up in the next few months (fingers crossed) and tell my favorite at the end:

Coming first quarter 2013 is my novella ‘A Wolf’s Bane’ from XoXo Publishing. Kai and Romy have found each other, but can a werewolf and a human really find happiness? Culture and tradition force them apart, but can they really be separated? Their path is a long and perilous one and one wrong choice and Kai may have to choose a path that includes death.

My first novel ‘Last of the Summer Tomatoes’ has been submitted for publication and I hope to hear any day now if it was accepted. It’s a young adult gay romance story between teens Kyle and Sam. Kyle is from an abusive home and has never learned how to feel, let alone love. He meets Sam who teaches him what he’s heard his entire life isn’t true … that he is deserving of love. But what will happen to the two at the end of the summer when they have to go their separate ways?

I have submitted another gay romance story for a story challenge; again hoping to hear any day about it. ‘Forever Fantasy’ is about Logan, a gay porn star who is tired of his life and hopes to get away from it all, if only for a week. At a gay retreat he meets RJ, who shows him intimacy doesn’t always involve sex. Once home. Logan falls into despair again, this time finding a more permanent solution to his problem.

My current novel-in-progress, ‘Lucien’s Story’ is nearing the half-way mark; and the title is in flux as I don’t think it’s catchy enough, but had to name it something, didn’t I? Lucien is a very old, very sexy and very slutty vampire who has an estranged relationship with his daughter that he wants to repair. His move to NOLA marks the beginning of a new life for him as he quickly becomes involved in his daughter’s affairs, his daughter’s friends’ affairs, and babysitting a hot-tempered vampire to keep him from self-destructing. Add on to this his feelings for another female that he hasn’t had since his wife died four hundred years ago and you’ve got one messed-up vampire with a compelling story.

Also in my WIP folder is my sci-fi novel ‘The Romance of Gael’, a gay vampire romance ‘Breaking Tradition’ and a document full of story ideas that may take a lifetime to complete.

So, which one is my favorite? I think I have to admit it’s Lucien. He’s funny, sexy, slutty (well, for a while), paternal and you really don’t want him as your enemy. I think he’s the most complex character I have created to date. I hope others like him as well and hope to have him completed and submitted by Valentine’s Day. Would be a nice VD gift to myself, huh? J

16 January 2013

Puppets on an Author's String

When I can hide behind my computer, I can conquer the world. I am fearless and I can be the me I have always been in the deepest recesses of my heart. It gives me the power to create amazing new lands, it gives me the strength to tell huge tales derived directly from the bounds of my imagination.

If you meet me, you may find that I can be shy. I don't always know what to say and I probably blush and giggle a lot. I'm clumsy and sometimes very random. 

You see we writers are often introverts. We are more content to observe the amazing goings on of the world. It is after all where we gain our ideas and our inspiration. However if you want to know the true writer, if you want to feel their heart and soul, you must read what they write. 

For every single character a writer allows to emerge will possess a tiny piece of the writer's heart. Their personality and traits might be very different to the writer themselves but look closer. There will be a tiny detail, one the writer may not even know has leaked onto the page. When a writer tells of things that are dear to them or things that move them personally, the passion exudes from every word chosen. 

If the story moves you, if you feel a connection with the characters, you are connecting with the writer. You have broken through the barrier and seen what the real world is not always privileged enough to witness. Moreover, you have been granted all of this with a touch of magic as the plot web comes together and the characters begin to dance like puppets on an author's string.

8 January 2013

SET ME FREE (chapter catch up)

With all that has gone on with Christmas and New Year, it has been a while since I updated the blog. My apologies to those of you who were following our blog story (SIX AUTHORS ONE STORY - FREE TO YOU THE READER). Here is a catch up for you, we are now up to chapter seven! Please use the links below to find all the new chapters. More to follow with our paranormal duo Renzo and Sera soon!