End of the year roundup

So 2020. That was a year.

Despite everything *gestures with both hands* I accomplished a few things.


I wrote two erotic short stories, one of which will be published next year in the Cleis Press Anthology “Coming Soon.” It’s a fun story, and I can’t wait to share it with you all. I will let you all know about that second story as soon I hear.

I published Stealing Jennifer! If you like fun threesome romps and heist stories, check this out!

I am halfway through writing the sequel, tentatively called “Stealing Matthew.”

I wrote a contemporary m/m romance novel that I am currently revising. I hope to share this with you all as soon as I can!

I have so many ideas that I hope I can work on in the new year and share with you all!

Writing Wednesday – Creating Characters


Welcome to Writing Wednesday where I talk about writing!

Last week I talked about being a panster when it came to creating characters. I often start with a story idea, and then fit the characters into that story. Unfortunately that often results in a lot of rewriting. I know I had gotten a good 20k into Exodus before I had Hank’s voice, and I had to go back and rewrite the beginning.

When I wrote Angels Rising, I had written the entire novel when I realized I had made Raphael the main character, and it really needed to be Uriel. And I had committed the cardinal sin of making Uriel do something assholish to fit the plot. I rewrote that entire book from the beginning, fixing those problems. But it would have been a good thing if I could have figured out my characters from the beginning!Cover of Angels Rising

So I’m changing how I develop characters.

But what method to use? I attended a workshop on the Verbalize method, which I used when working on Stealing Jennifer (out this month! Cover reveal and pre-order links coming next week!). I liked the focus on actions – what the character does defines them.

However, when I tried to apply the method to other novels, it just fell apart. I discovered that I like it when my characters grow organically, and this method didn’t quite let me do that.

I figured out what’s important is understanding the characters and what they want before I start drafting the book. I don’t like doing forms or checklists that go on for pages. I need to know the core heart of my character, and then the details get filled in.

When I started writing my latest work in progress, I figured out what both main characters want and love, and how they are getting in their own way of achieving their goals. As I write, tiny details become apparent to me. I’ve reached the coveted 30,000 word mark, and I don’t feel the need to go back and rewrite the entire book (yet!). These boys are solid, and now I just have to break them apart before they can have their happy ending.

One trick I wanted to share with you from one of my MFA texts – Plot Versus Character – that really worked for me. Before starting writing the novel, write a scene where your character is doing the most in-character thing they could be doing. This really helps solidify your character in your mind.

How do you create characters? Any tips to share? Leave them in the comments!

Updates and New Releases!

The next few months are going to be pretty busy for me. I’ll have 4 (four!!!!) works coming out.

Cover image of Into the Mystic Vol 2. Woman with water in backdrop.Already released:
– Unraveled- a short story in the anthology “Into the Mystic, Vol 2”

Coming soon:
November
– The new edition of Angel 1089! The new Heaven Corp covers look awesome and I can’t wait to share them with you! The new edition includes a new chapter.
– Short story (well, a novella really) called “Wolf Knight” in the “To the Victor” anthology by Less than Three Press.

December
– Short story “The Puzzle Box” in Dreamspinner’s Advent Calendar collection!

More about each project as the dates get closer!

Cover Reveal – Love in the Time of Hurricanes

In the fall of 2015, Dreamspinner Press called for submissions for their States of Love line, stories set in every state of the United States. As a life-long resident of New Jersey, I knew I had to submit. I’m so happy that my work was accepted. There is a lot of me in this book, probably more so than anything else I’ve written. You’ll be able to find it March 8. But until then, check out this awesome cover.

Man looks over the devestation of the Jersey shore boardwalk

Blurb:

The night Nick Henderson storms into Martelli’s Pizzeria, he’s just looking for something to eat. Along with dinner, he finds Lou Martelli—pizza cook extraordinaire and Jersey Shore native. Nick is renting a Shore house for the winter while taking classes at the local community college as he devises a way to escape the accounting major his father chose for him.

When Lou offers to show Nick around, heat flares between them as they realize they have more in common than domineering families. But it’s not all fun and games on the boardwalk. Hurricane Sandy blows ashore, changing the place Nick was starting to think of as home. His peace is shattered, and it will take everything he has to keep his relationship with Lou from being torn apart by the storm brewing around them.

States of Love: Stories of romance that span every corner of the United States.

Looking back at my writing goals for 2016

Now that 2016 is (thankfully) winding down to a close, I wanted to look back and see how well I met my writing goals. So let’s see how much I wrote!

– Love in the Time of Hurricanes (pub date March 2017) – 30,000 words
– Wolf Knight (pub sometime next year) – 20,000 words
– Rejected Christmas Story 8,000 words
– Bloodwork – first draft – 60,000

Total: 118,000 words.

That’s not bad!

Now goals for 2017:

Edit and submit Bloodwork
Edit and submit Angels Rising, the last Heaven Corp novel
Write a novella and maybe another novel (hah!)

What do you think? Too ambitious? I realize it’s not the banging out of words that’s the difficulty – it’s the finding time to edit. It’s easier to write in the chaos of my daily life, but finding that quiet time to think about the words and fix the problems is a bit more difficult.

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