Goodreads Giveaway and Book Swag!

I was totally thrilled that over 1000 people entered my Goodreads Giveaway and the lucky winner will be recieving a signed copy of my book plus keyring, bookmark and wine charms in the next few days!

 

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Writing outwith your comfort zone…

12308274_191757731163599_1777885750739851470_nI must admit I’m never certain where my writing will take me next. However, my latest chapter has me entering the taboo world of BDSM. Well…just peeking really. Firstly, I didn’t even know what BDSM meant. A google search later, and it stands for Bondage, Domination, Sadism and Masochism. Yes, it’s a bit of a mouthful, I can see why it’s abbreviated. My character Guy is interested in this element for the new Stoicum Zone in the Braille Club. Aptly named because Stoicum is Latin, and by definition means seemingly indifferent to, or unaffected by pleasure or pain; impassive. This will not be like anything else out there. The Braille Club Zones and experiences are unique, which leads me to several different issues. The Braille Club has three commandments contained within the Braille Bible…IMG_0405 (1)

1.Thou Shall Not See.  2.Thou Shall Not Speak.  3. Thou Shall Not Tell.

So a safe word is not an option. There are no whips, clamps, or plugs. The Braille Club zones have always been about endurance, and the Stoicum Zone will add a new dimension. I need to find a way to incorporate these elements seamlessly  into my storyline, and I can’t wait to get writing.

 

 

 

 

 

Writing Book Endings…

I always like to write my ending first…and  by that, I mean my main ending. My books contain at least three different stories which means…yep three different endings argh!  However, the main character ending is what I focus on. I’m currently writing the third book in the Braille Club Series and the first thing I wrote  was the bones of the main ending, so far so good. The ending in my third book is by far the most explosive and difficult to write. I must make it authentic, emotional and gripping and that takes a lot out of me. I need to imagine what my characters will be thinking and feeling. This emotional roller coaster I leave to the very end after I close out my other two storylines.

I’ve finished the second ending, now under revision and I’m about to complete my third ending but somehow I can’t seem to nail it down.  I wonder if it is my subconscious playing tricks…behave.

In fact, I’ve never actually written The End because my brain is already conjuring up the opening chapter in my next book…almost like I cannot let the story go. I’ve learned when I stall to switch my imagination to the next book in my series. My enthusiasm for new characters adds a new perspective. So I might not finish ending number three today but my time is never wasted. I know when it feels right, I’ll get it done.combo 4

Why Writing Doesn’t Always Come Easy!

Braille CYEI hate the expression writers block. My writing is never blocked as such but sometimes my ideas’s aren’t fully formed. As an author, I want to give my readers the best experience and I have three/four different stories running through my books. That means being inventive which each character…and several different endings.  Three separate endings was a challenge in my first book but I enjoyed testing myself.

I decided that I would keep this format for my second book and had to go with the flow in terms of how my idea’s developed for each story.  This meant writing on a very stop/start basis. If I was on one storyline, then I’d often get an idea for another character and jump to that, thus stopping my current train of thought argh….

I now map out my chapters and try to write in sequence. This has given me more focus and I can develop a storyline more fluently.

When an idea first comes to me I don’t rush to write it down anymore. If  it grows in my head I know it’s a keeper but if it fades…then I’ll move on. The ideas I have are all stories or characters or endings. I don’t write them down but let my imagination feed them.  All writers rely on their imagination and I need to feed mine constantly through books, film, and theater. With an enriched imagination, my writing can only benefit.