Fellow Blue Feather Books author Barbara Valletto tagged me in “The Next Big Thing” blog hop. The idea of the blog hop allows lesbian authors the opportunity to share with readers what they’re currently working on. One author tags another author, tags another, and so on. It looks like I’m lucky last on this one, so I haven’t got an author to tag.
.Thanks, Barbara, for tagging me! Please visit Barbara’s website, www.barbaravalletto.com, to find out about her up-coming debut novel, “Pulse Points”, and link to her blog to read about this fascinating story.
Now to business. I will have TWO new books coming out in the first half of 2013, so I’ll give a little information about both.
1. What is the working title of your book?
Firstly, “Reflected Passion” will be released by Blue Feather Books, probably April-May. The second book, “Miss-Match”, which I co-wrote with the late A.C. Henley, has been picked up by Affinity eBooks and is due for release in April.
2. Where did the idea come from for the book?
A friend I had met in an internet chatroom had approached me with the idea for “Reflected Passion” back in 2005. I took the idea and ran with it and it was released online as a PWP short-story. I felt that there was more to the story so I did a second, and third, installment. The book is in essence the same three stories combined into one huge adventure, however the back story has been fleshed out and some of the events have been re-worked.
“Miss-Match” began as mind therapy for an ill A.C. Henley. She wasn’t up to writing anything serious, so we started this absurd little comedy which grew and grew. We started work on a sequel, but A.C.s health deteriorated and she passed away during the write. Twelve months later I finished the story. Both A.C.’s partner and I decided to get the book published as a way to continue A.C.’s legacy.
3. What genre does your book fall under?
“Reflected Passion” is a hard book to classify. It’s very much a romance, but there is also a touch of sensual erotica about it. Then there is time travel involved, so it could also be classified as speculative fiction. Finally, the bulk of the book is set in 1790, so it could also be historical fiction or a historical romance. Hopefully put that all together and the book will appeal to readers from all types of genres.
“Miss-Match” is a ditzy contemporary comedy-romance.
4. What is the one-sentence synopsis for your book?
“Reflected Passion” - Can a physical connection be strong enough to reach across time to find your soul mate?
“Miss-Match” – Can Carmen convince Clancy that not only is she gay, but that she’s the right woman for the job?
5. Will your book be self-published or released by a publisher?
“Reflected Passion” will be published by Blue Feather Books April/May 2013.
“Miss-Match” will be published by Affinity eBooks April 2013.
Both books will be available through the regular outlets, including Amazon, as well as the publishers’ own websites.
6. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
The original short story of “Reflected Passion” (Dale’s story) took three weeks. Francoise took longer – about three months. The final installment took nearly a year. When I submitted to Blue Feather Books there was a re-write of about four months.
“Miss-Match” initially took about 6 months, but that was because of emails going back and forth between the US and Australia. Co-writing this way does slow down the writing process quite a bit. The second part was even slower as A.C.s health failed. After she passed away I waited about 12 months to finish the final 2/3 of the sequel manuscript. The book version of this story is a combination of both stories, plus another 12.000 words added to tie it all together.
7. In the writing process, are you an outliner or a pantser?
Definitely a pantser. I usually start a book with only an idea or two. I know where I want it to go but how it gets there, well, that’s up to the characters. Even I don’t know what’s going to happen until I see it on the page.
Thinking is about 9/10 of my process. I spend a lot of time thinking about the story before I put it to paper. Actually, some really good ideas come only when I’ve written the scene because it’s then that I see other possible directions for the story to go.
8. Do you have any other WIP?
I have six currently in various stages, from research to complete. Next year will be the sequel to “The Chronicles of Ratha”. That’s finished and with my publisher. I am currently about 40 pages into Book 3 of this series.
Other works are:
“Avenging Angel” Historical romance set in 1850 Japan. Research stage.
Untitled – historical romance “upstairs/downstairs” style 1900 London.
“The Beggar’s Coppice” – an amateur sleuth about 40 pages done.
“Ambra” – Just started. A vampire/angel adventure.
As you can see, there is a wide spectrum of genres involved. I don’t write a romance because I want to write a romance. I write to the story’s strength, so if it demands action or mystery, then I’ll go with it.
I hope this gives you some idea of what’s in store in the next year or two. If anyone has any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I love hearing from readers, and I really don’t bite!
I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and New Year. It’s the beginning of another year and I wonder where last year went to. It seems the years pass by quicker and quicker the older one gets.
“The Chronicles of Ratha: The Children of the Noorthi” has finally be released and is available for purchase from the Blue Feather Books, Bella Books and Amazon. Bella Books also carry Ratha in eBook formats. I’ve updated the Books section with a “Sneak Peek” of “The Children of the Noorthi”, if you want to have a ‘read before you buy’ look.
I’ve just started a sequel to “The Children of the Noorthi” but it will probably not be released until the end of 2012. Keep a lookout for that one.
My next release (probably at the end of 2011) is a futuristic drama that is slightly darker than my usual tales. It’s set about 120 years from now, so while some things have changed, many day-to-day things are still the same. The main character is an assassin with a heart. Enough said?
I also have in the works a historical romance but it’s still early days and I have no idea when that will be submitted. It has to fit around my other writing projects, and in order of priority it’s at the bottom of the pile.
Here is also a reminder that I will be attending the Xenacon in LA in a few weeks. Any and all are welcome to come up and say ‘hi’. I will be available to sign books during the weekend. Just find The Book Peddler and she will tell you where and when. I will post a report on the event when I get back.
Thank you all for your support over the last few years. Without you I’d probably be puttering around the house doing housework and working at my 9 to 5 job, instead of writing AND puttering around the house doing housework and working at my 9 to 5 job.
19.8.2010 - Radio Interview
I’ll be appearing on Lara Zielinsky’s blog talk radio show, “Readings in Lesbian and Bisexual Women’s Fiction” on Saturday, 18th September 2010. To tune into the show go to http://www.blogtalkradio.com/lara-zielinksy
The general show page for my specific show will be
People should go there to set up their reminders to catch the show. It has a full description. You can listen by calling the show call-in number (646) 929-1909 and just select 1 to interact with the host.
To Tune into the show on the date and time specified, everyone should go to http://blogtalkradio.com/lara-zielinsky
The show is Saturday September 18, here in the U.S. the start time is 8 pm Eastern (4 pm Pacific).
Once on the blogtalkradio page, you should log in (create a basic profile if you don't have one). This will allow you to connect to the show while listening in the chat room.
Skype will automatically dial the number when you "click to talk" (a blue button that is visible in above the chat room space ONLY when the show is live), but just FYI the number is (646) 929-1909 in the U.S. (so the appropriate country code precedes that).
I’ve decided to attend the Xena Convention next January in Los Angeles. Trying to think up ways to do some promotional work has been a nightmare, so I decided to go back to my roots. I started my writing as an online Xena fan fiction bard. Where else is there to go but a Xena Convention? Bedazzled Ink’s Book Peddler sells books there on behalf or a number of authors, and I probably sold more books there than at the GCLS Convention. I have a new book coming out at Christmas, so it seems the logical thing to do to make a flying visit to LA for the last weekend in January. This will be my only appearance, besides the Golden Crown Conference in Orlando in June, so all are welcome to find me somewhere in the vendor’s room during that weekend (I’ll arrange a time with the seller). I’ll be there at appointed times to sign books or Aurelia manuscripts, and for the odd photo opportunity if the urge takes you. However, I won’t sign blank checks…