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I Haz Cover!

Which is the edited version of what I’ve been saying aloud.

I’ve received my cover art this week and it’s scrambled my brains.  Before I had been giving the art sheet I had never pondered what the cover should look like, only what it *shouldn’t* look like.  (My imagination insisted on torturing me with images of clowns, butt cleavage and exploding bullets).  I whimpered and cursed trying to figure out what to put on the art form, but in the end, it turned out perfectly.

I couldn’t be happier, but my anxiety has blown through the roof.  As stupid as it may sound, signing the contract and getting edits didn’t do it.  But receiving cover art has made me realize this is REAL.  Soon people will be reading my book with my name on it.

Excuse me while I panic.

Sasha

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SOLD!!!

Yup.  I did it.

No matter how many times I say it or see it, I can’t quite wrap my mind around the fact that I’ve sold my novella “In the Light of Day.”  Everything about this project has surprised me.  I didn’t know I was going to write a M/M Romantic Suspense short story until I had finished it.  Heck, it was the first thing I had finished since my teen years, but I didn’t think it was ready for primetime.

I wasn’t exactly wrong about that though.  A friend of mine convinced me to enter a writing contest — my first contest ever — and I edited/rewrote like a fiend, never expecting to get anything beyond a crit.  I about swallowed my tongue when I finaled.  And you do *not* want to hear the words I screamed when I found out I won.  Or the words I screamed as I tried to edit/rewrite the rest of the story to get it up to snuff.

But I guess the swears and tears were worth it.  Because I sold it.  My first finished story, my first contest win, and my first contract all off of the same story.  Part of it was hard work, a lot of it was luck, but I’m going to ride this feeling for LONG time.

Sasha

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So I guess I’m doing something right…

I have signed with an agent. Yup. It’s “Moment Of Validation” time…because I’m needy like that. I signed with Emmanuelle Morgen of Judith Ehrlich Literary Agency. It’s a really good feeling. Fantastic.

Um, I guess that’s all for now. I’m mostly working on edits now, which can threaten to suck the soul out of your life. But I’m getting there.

Jeanette

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I’m Multi-lingual…Well sort of

I often refer to myself as the World’s Laziest Linguist because I know a smattering of several actual languages (French, German, Latin, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, American Sign Language, and Spanish) and several no-less-valid-but-not-official languages (Nerd, Teenage Girl, Knitter, Hip Hop lyrics, Gamer, and Man), but I’m not fluent in any of them.  I can now add another to the list: Writer.

With the others, I was aware of the shift in my brain, and that with that knowledge came a division between those who know the language, and those who have heard of it.  I was aware I was acquiring Writer Language, but I didn’t realize it brought the same division.

Recently I was talking to some non-writer friends about my contest win, and half of them were ready to run out and buy my book.  Besides being flattered I was flabbergasted.  Didn’t they know that not every book was available in a brick and mortar store?  And that those books were sold 18 months ago?  Or that it wasn’t as easy as win a contest and instantly get published?

Slush piles, royalty rates, agents vs editors, MS formatting, the dreaded synopsis.  None of them had a clue.  Right there in the Panera I had an impromptu This is How it Works seminar.  Some of their eyes glazed over.  Some of them thought I was exaggerating.  And some walked away a little more informed and slightly disillusioned.

I walked away realizing as much as I know about Writer as a language, there’s still more to go.  Unlike the other languages which I pick up and use when it strikes me, this one needs to become second nature to me, the way English is.  So new item on the Goals List: Become Fluent in Writer

Sasha

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The Beginning…

I think every author begins their writing process a different way. For me it can be a variety of things. Sometimes it’s a character that won’t go away. Sometimes it’s an image I can’t forget. Most often I wonder what if and run with the idea. In every case, my idea is just an idea until a moment of magic happens and that character, idea, or pondering crystallizes into a moment of perfect clarity and The Moment happens.

What is The Moment? It’s when I have the scene in my head that becomes the seed for the whole story. This scene can take place anywhere in the book, first scene, last scene, or somewhere in the sagging middle, but when I get it, see it clearly in my head, I know I have a story. I can’t say what sets it apart. Maybe it’s the desire to see what led to it or where it will go. Maybe it makes me wonder what it is about the characters that brought them to that point. Whatever The Moment is, the result is always the same. Something in my head opens up and I see not just that scene, but the rough mapping of the story.

Sometimes the moment happens when i don’t want it. I never intended to write Forsaking Eternity. I knew that Renatus would need a man and I didn’t do m/m. I was very happy to let my angelic world rest with Dominicus and Maggie.

Then The Moment hit me from out of the blue. I wasn’t thinking stories. I wasn’t even in writing mode when it happened. I saw Ren. He was sitting at a little bistro-type table with a man. He desperately wanted this man’s attention but didn’t quite know how to go about getting it. While he was still figuring it out another man approached the table. Ignoring Ren, he began to flirt with the man Ren had been trying so hard to flirt with. All I could think was, OMG how rude! I could see ren turn to look at me and his eyes were so lost and lonely.

Then the story opened up and I knew I had to write it.

Writing this one wasn’t easy for me. Forsaking Eternity took me into areas of life I’d never really explored. Homosexuality wasn’t something that I’d ever really paid much attention to.  As a straight woman, a male/male relationship just wasn’t something that applied to me. The closest I’d come was the chemistry between Ren and Dom in Risking Eternity, and that was not something I’d actually planned. Slash was never my kink so I didn’t know where to begin writing a relationship between two men.

One thing I never questioned was Ren’s need to explore this curiosity that had been sparked. it was one of those things I couldn’t fully express in the first book because that wasn’t Ren’s story. But I knew that he’d come more alive in Dom’s arms than he ever had in a female’s embrace, and that it scared him.

Then my other leading man, Adam, threw me for another loop. I had Ren wanting to provide him with a nice breakfast. I saw him in my head arranging bacon on a plate piled with fluffy eggs and toast. This is when Adam decided to tell me he was Jewish and kept kosher. The sensation was almost like having your meal change flavors mid-bite. I didn’t know what I had in my mouth anymore. I knew it was good, I knew this detail would add something to the story, but I didn’t know what.

This unexpected Moment opened my world up a little more. Ren and Adam took me places I never thought I would go. The process was long; This short novel took me almost a year to write. But it was worth the time and effort. In the end I believe Ren and Adam’s love story is one worth reading.

Forsaking Eternity will be available from Ellora’s cave. Release date to be announced.

Risking Eternity is now available for digital download from Ellora’s cave and through major online book retailers. Best prices: Ellora’s Cave and All Romance Ebooks.

 

Voirey

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