Friday, February 10, 2017

#FlashbackFriday Is There A Type Of Scene That Is Harder To Write?

This was originally posted as part of the Burning for Her Kiss Blog Tour in 2015.

Note: I did not make any changes to the article itself, so some things mentioned may be out of date.

Book Summary

Beth Davenport has no interest in getting involved with another man for the foreseeable future. To say her last relationship ended in disaster would be a colossal understatement. The only reason she agrees to put in an appearance at Serpent’s Kiss, a private kink club in downtown St. Louis, is because her best friend, Nicole, won’t quit nagging her. When she walks in the door that night, the last thing she expects to do is meet a man who will have her reconsidering her ban on men.

As a captain with the St. Louis Fire Department, Drew Parker is used to being in charge. His crew relies on him to make sure they know what they’re doing and return home to their families after every shift. It isn’t, however, what he wants in a relationship. Drew decides to join Serpent’s Kiss to see if what appeals to him in fantasy is something he wants to explore in the real world. He’s also hoping that he’ll be lucky enough to meet a woman with whom he can explore his desires. The night Beth walks into the club, he is intrigued. Drew has to get to know her better.

After what happened to her, Beth is reluctant to get involved with Drew. It doesn’t matter that he is sweet and charming. She’s been burned before and Beth doesn’t think she can survive having her heart crushed again. Drew, however, won’t take no for an answer. He wants a relationship and is determined to chip away at her defenses until she relents. Will she give him a chance, or did her ex leave her with scars too deep to heal?

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  1. Is there a certain type of scene that is harder for you to write than others?  

Probably transition scenes. The things that need to be written to get the story to the next plot point, but don’t carry major significance to the story. It might be something as simple as the character driving home from work, or a few hours or days passing by. Those scenes don’t tend to have a lot of emotion behind them, which makes them much harder for me to write.

2. If you can cast your characters in a Hollywood adaptation of Burning For Her Kiss, who would play your characters?

Drew: Jensen Ackles
Beth: Neha Dhupia

3.  What are qualities, challenge, and significance that each of the central characters bring to the overall story that make them strong characters?

Drew is strong, confident, and in many ways very much an alpha male. It was challenging to then take him and make it believable that he would want to give up control and submit to a Domme. In real life, however, there are many men like Drew—men who in their daily lives are always in control—yet yearn to give up that control to their partner.

Beth is also a very strong character. She needed to be in order to be a good fit for Drew. Her biggest challenge was showing her vulnerability without making her appear weak. At the beginning of the story, she has major trust issues. I think that helped to balance out her character well and make her more relatable to readers, even those who don’t typically read Femdom.

4. What draws you to this genre?
I was drawn into writing BDSM fiction after reading some stories online. The level of trust and communication required in these types of relationships intrigued me.

5. Characters often find themselves in situations they aren't sure they can get themselves out of. When was the last time you found yourself in a situation that was hard to get out of and what did you do?

I’m in one of those situations right now. Along with BDSM, I also write contemporary romance. As I finished Beth and Drew’s story, I began looking forward to writing the final book in my Daniels Brothers Series. The only problem was that Trent and his lady weren’t talking to me. They’ve finally started to open up, but it’s slow going. I had to rewrite the first half of chapter one three times. Things are now moving, albeit slowly. It’s one of those times when persistence and patience is what’s needed.

6. What writing advice do you have for other aspiring authors?

Above all, keep writing. Like with anything else, you get better with practice. Also, get a good beta reader and hire a professional editor. They will help you put out the best story possible. You want to be proud of what you release into the world.

How can readers discover more about you and you work?

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