Look at me, posting twice in the New Year already! Woo hoo!
One of the highlights of 2006 for me was finding a writing partner. Neither of us intended it to happen; we just kind of fell into each other’s lives. Pepper Espinoza is another erotic romance author, and though we had published at the same house and had mutual friends, we’d never really crossed paths until last winter. Oddly enough, I don’t think my life will ever be the same because of her.
On the surface, we shouldn’t work. I’m a primarily paranormal author who plots heavily and dreads writing smut scenes, and Pepper has always published contemporary erotica with light plot and heavy sex. I’m a control freak who hates not knowing what’s coming next and can’t even start a story without knowing how it’s going to end, and Pepper gets a vague notion and runs with it, often not having a clue where she’s going or how she’s going to get there.
But for some insane reason, we thrive together. I’ve learned to let go and fly by the seat of my pants, and she’s been forced to think a little bit more about where she’s going, lol. It started out as a lark, but we loved our first collaboration so much that we decided we absolutely had to get it into print. And we did - well, will. “Chasing Silver,” a paranormal/time travel, comes out with Juno Books in the fall of 2007. So we decided to try again. Our second shot, “Craving Kismet,” was my first full-length attempt at contemporary erotic romance. Surprise, surprise, we sold that one, too, this time to Samhain Publishing, and that’s now scheduled for an August 2007 release.
Why am I talking about all this? Because I’ve spent the past three days writing a 14k short story with Pepper to submit to Samhain for their summer anthology. It’s called “Liaisons in Jubilee,” and features some erotica we’ve never tried together before. And this weekend, we’re working on a novella to submit to the one publishing house we shared before hooking up. I have to take advantage of her time while I can, you see. Next week, she starts her new semester of teaching and graduate studies. I’m going to lose her to responsibility. It’ll give me time to focus on my own stories, but I’m still going to miss it. I’m greedy that way. ;)
Well, like so many other people in the world today, I've made my resolutions for the upcoming year. Some of them are personal, some of them are extensions of things I'm already doing in my life that I want to continue, and some of them are meant to get me more out in the open about my writing. One of them is posting in this LJ on regular basis. I've been horribly lax in this journal, and I need to rectify that.
So, starting today, I'm going to be posting 3 times a week here - Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. I'm probably going to come up with some kind of schedule of what's going to be posted, like one day for published works, one for personal/fun, and one about my process or works in progress. But that'll probably be mostly for my edification than anybody else's, lol.
So...I hope everybody had a wonderful New Year, and I look forward to sharing with you over the upcoming year!
I received notification in my e-mail this morning that my book published with Linden Bay, "Chains of Jericho," is a finalist in the Erotica with paranormal elements category of the 2006 Eppie's!!! There were 59 nominated books, and the finalist list isn't on the site yet, but last year had 7 finalists, so I imagine there's about that many this year. But...squee!!!!!
Today is going to be a good day!