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Monday, March 10, 2014

My Writing Process Blog Tour - Lexi Post

Friend and fellow author Tina Christopher has invited me to speak about my process on the My Writing Process Blog Tour.

1) What am I working on?
I am currently revising Cruise Into Eden. I’m very excited about this erotic romance for a number of reasons. First, it will start a series involving men from another planet who have been wrongly banished from their city. Second, it is my first “short” novel as in just over 40,000 words, or about 150 pages. Third, it is a love story of three characters, two men and a woman from Earth. This has been fun because I experimented with a threesome in a scene in one of the Pleasure Rooms in Masque and discovered many readers really liked it.

2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I’ve had two people tell me specifically why my stories are different. My agent says I write Erotic Romance with a whole lot of story. A fan of mine, after reading Passion of Sleepy Hollow, said I write Erotic Romance for the intelligent reader. I like both those descriptions. The fact is, I get my inspiration from classic literature (yes, that boring stuff that we had to read in school), but I make it very enjoyable :-)

3) Why do I write what I do?
I write erotic romance because I like to be able to show the intimate part of a growing relationship. Sex can be very emotional and I believe these scenes help move the story along in a way that individual readers can relate to. I write “a whole lot of story” with it because for me it is about the developing bond between two (or three) characters and the sex is simply part of that bond. If there isn’t a strong love story then I’m not interested.

4) How does your writing process work?
I read the original short story, poem, or novel and let it simmer in my brain for weeks, jotting down ideas as they come to me, usually while sun tanning on my beach ;-) Once my main characters are developed in my head, my villain or conflict has been decided upon and the Black Moment is clear, I “dump” the story into my computer for however many days it takes (usually 8 weeks for a full length). Then I reshape the mess I have made and get it to a point where my critique partner can give me feedback. After that, it is more revising and polishing and it is off to my editor, who will hopefully love it. With Cruise Into Eden I am currently cleaning up the mess :-}

Next Monday discover the process of my friends.

Denysé Bridger is a Canadian, award winning author of many genre styles, specializing in romance and fantasy.

Marie Patrick, historical romance author with just the right amount spunk.
Always, Lexi

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