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Thursday, March 31, 2011

COFFEE & ROMANCE

This is a special announcement sweeties. A very dear friend and fellow author Michael Mandrake and I did a guest spot @ Coffee & Romance! We're talking about the brand new blog 'It's Raining Men' which will have it's grand beginning tomorrow! There's a contest and some exciting stuff happening! ^_^!!

Check out our guest spot - and thank you Liz for allowing us to post! xoxoxo



Tuesday, March 29, 2011

AUTHOR DESTINY BOOZE

It’s that time again sweeties - ‘Author Interview Wednesday’! Welcome and thanks so much for stopping by! Grab that favourite cushion or chair and get comfy.

Who is, Destiny Booze? Tell us about yourself.

My life is simple, some would even say boring. I work hard, dream big and play often. I believe I have the power to make my dreams come true. 

Writing is my calling and passion. I'm a multi-published romantic suspense/thriller author. I work hard each day to be the best wife, mother and writer that I can be.

When did you know you wanted to become a writer?

I've always LOVED writing. I started as soon as I was old enough to pick up a pencil. The moment I began thinking of writing as a possible career wasn't until high school. When I was a sophomore, my world history teacher wrote a comment on one of my papers that said, "You write so well. You can write anything and make it sound interesting."
I remember thinking, really? I can? It was at that moment that a seed of a dream began for me. I got more focused and started writing more seriously.

Who and/or what prompted you to write your first novel?

Life prompted me to write my first novel. As an introverted, moody teenager, writing was an escape for me. I wrote that first story just to get away from reality. The world of fiction was not only exhilarating for me, it was therapeutic.

Where and/or how do you find the greatest inspiration?

That's a tough question. I think the answer is probably reading. I love reading! It gets me excited to get into my own story. But, honestly, I don't really feel like I need to get inspired to write. I'm ALWAYS ready to write. My imagination is a crazy, overactive and continuous thing. Ideas come from everywhere, anywhere, all the time for me. Even the boring, mundane chores at home can suddenly spark a new thought, a new character, or a new plot. The creative part of writing is by no means a hardship for me.

What made you chose to write erotic literature in particular? And is there any other genre you’d like to write? And if so, why?

I don't think I chose romantic suspense and thrillers. I think it chose me. I'm drawn to those genres because that is what I love to read. It gets my blood pumping. Action scenes are my favorite thing to write. Currently, I'm not interested in writing in other genres, but I'm always trying new things, so you never know.

Which appears first when contemplating a new project: A character, the plot and/or the title?

Typically, a certain character comes first for me. In my most recent release, The Curse of a Mind, I knew I wanted a strong female lead before I knew anything else. I created a past for her to make her tough. Next, I knew I wanted a man that could stand up to her. Then, I knew I wanted her to have an autistic brother that could give the story a softer side that it needed. Once I really delve into a character, what their personality makeup is and how they become the way they are, the plot naturally falls into place for me.

What’s the hardest part of a novel for you to write: Beginning, middle and/or end? Why?

Middle. I'm so cautious in the middle because I don't want that part of the story to lose momentum. So, the writing slows way down for me and I'm very strict on myself. Writers are always their own worst critic, right?

Has your own life influenced your novels? And if so, how?

Yes. I pull from my own experiences to relate to many of my characters, especially to pull the emotion out of me I need for the scene to sound good. However, I don't use any details from my life. For instance, I don't normally create characters from people I've met or anything like that. Everything you read from me is authentic fiction. Reality is too boring to use...lol.

Writing sex scenes can be a challenge for some authors. Do you find it difficult? If yes, how do you compensate? If no, where do you draw your inspiration?

When I'm writing, everything just flows out of me. I don't have to think about how I want to word much of anything. The words come naturally. That's not the case with a sex scene. They are a bit of a challenge for me. I compensate by really thinking out each word of the scene.

Do you have a method you use to write the sensual parts? Do you prefer the sex to be open and bold? Or left to the imagination?

No method. I adapt my writing style of sensual scenes to the character. I want that character's personality to show in the sex scene. With that said, there is a limit to how bold I will go when writing...lol.

Are your characters based on people you know? Or are they completely fictitious?

Completely fictitious. :)

Who is your favorite character, which you’ve created? And why?

Pick just one? Okay... I would have to say Garrett from The Curse of a Mind. He's the main character's autistic brother. Writing from his point-of-view was one of the most challenging things I've tried as a writer, but also one of the most rewarding. I loved how it all came out.

Can you tell us about your latest release? Give a synopsis.

Absolutely! Thanks for asking! My latest release, The Curse of a Mind:

They can’t win. The perpetrator is using a marvel in the medical field known as techlepathy, a combination of technology and telepathy to produce a telepathic result. He’s reading their minds. How can they possibly get away when he knows their every move?

Chris Chambers is a private investigator with great instincts and a shady past. She works with a skilled team on cases that most P.I.’s won’t touch. She’s hardened to life, hardened to people and as tough as the military trained her to be.

Her team’s newest case is a construction worker by the name of Aidan Wolfe. Aidan is hardheaded and successful, a man with no friends and a long list of enemies. Someone is trying to kill him, someone with extraordinary gifts.

The investigative team and Aidan will be confronted with their worst enemies—themselves. They are cursed to face their own thoughts, inner fears, prejudices, and every private feeling or emotion they have as this man toys with their minds and hearts. 

Can they survive? By the end, will they want to?

What’s your newest WIP? And when we can expect a publication date?

Right now, I'm working on Accelerating Circumstances. It should be released before the end of 2011. Have a look.

Jenny is different. She can read people’s minds. 
 
At age seventeen, Jenny Reid was arrested for killing her own mother. There was no evidence that an intruder entered the house. No one believed her as a teenager when she tried to tell them how she felt the killer’s rage saturated within the walls, that she knew the presence of evil had been there. The police thought she was crazy, not psychic. 
 
A conviction was never made in the case due to lack of evidence. Jenny is still the sole suspect, but now, she is doing something about it. She’s on the right side of the law, an FBI agent determined to finally find justice for her mom. 
 
Two men stay by her side—William, her partner, a darkly intense agent with a scary past and Nate, a bad boy with too much charisma to be a good thing. But, no man will keep her from finding out the truth about her mom. The time has come to set things right. 
 
Nothing will stand in her way. She’ll come up close with evil again and face the ultimate choice—kill or be killed in these ACCELERATING CIRCUMSTANCES.

How many novels do you have, that are currently published? Please list all the publishers, so the readers can locate you.

I have three novels published: Altered Beginnings, Predetermined Endings, and The Curse of a Mind. All of them are published with Whimsical Publications. Whimsical Publications

Where do you see your writing career in the next five to ten years?

I want to keep challenging myself as a writer. I want each book I write to be better than the one before it.
Within five years, I would like to have an agent representing me and be with a larger publisher. Within ten years, I would like to be on the New York Times Bestseller's List. Hey, if you're going to dream, do it big, right?


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Excerpt:

It was dark by the time Chris hung the sheet up, cleaned up dinner, and made out assignments for the next day.
Lucky was outside roaming for his last time of the night. She glanced at her watch—9:12 PM. It had been a long day to say the least. Her typical work schedule during an investigation was 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM. Getting beat up on the first day had encouraged her to put in extra hours.
She hadn’t seen Aidan or Leon since dinner. She was still in the dog house, and she deserved it, she knew. She had been hard on Aidan, too hard considering he was paying her salary. With the exception of that one slip with Harry Jacobson, she had never talked to a client in that way before. Was she losing control? He made her feel on fire whenever he looked at her. Lashing out at him was her only defense.
“Sabrina and I slept together the night before the wedding.”
If not for years of training, Chris would have jumped out of her skin at the sound of that velvet voice. She had just been thinking about him and there he stood. The living room suddenly felt very small.
Aidan stood by the wall, keeping his arms crossed and his posture lax. “We both wanted her first time to be special and I knew I couldn’t provide that with a ten-minute session before I left after the ceremony. Sabrina wouldn’t have cheated on me. The baby was mine.”
Chris stayed silent, letting him say all he had to say.
“You don’t believe that, do you?”
She honestly didn’t want to hurt him, even if her actions at dinner suggested otherwise. She shook her head no. She figured if she kept her mouth shut, it couldn’t do any damage.
“Why?”
She stared at him for a long time without answering.
“I want to hear it. Maybe the pina-coladas were non-alcoholic. Or maybe she just didn’t know she couldn’t drink because she hadn’t been to the doctor yet. What aren’t you saying?”
She shrugged as she said, “Hunch, mostly. Mr. Hilton talked about that baby as if it were his. He said he was close to Sabrina before you even entered the picture. There’s every chance I’m wrong, but my job is to figure out the whole picture. To see the things you aren’t seeing, part of that is guesswork. I can’t get to point Z without making a few assumptions. I’m trying to help you, Mr. Wolfe. To do that, I need you to be perfectly honest with me. Mr. Hilton had a definite bone to pick with you. Are you still sleeping with Sabrina?”
“No,” Aidan said.
She was more relieved by his answer than was professionally necessary.
“At least not lately.”
Damn. “When?”
“Our anniversary would have been in April. We got together for a drink and…it just happened. It meant nothing.”
Two months ago. Ms. Peterson was in her first trimester. “Then, this baby could be yours.”
He stared at her dumbfounded for a moment. Jeez, was the guy always this dense? She got more specific. “Did you even use protection?”
“No.”
Double Damn. She wanted to shake this stubborn man and knock some sense into him. He was fooling around with another man’s fiancĂ©e and wondered why someone wanted him dead. She hated domestic cases. She also hated the situation because she really hated to think this man still had feelings for his ex-wife. And she didn’t want to analyze why his love life would bother her.
Leon entered the room with an easy stroll and an easier smile. “Hell Chris, maybe you should just move into this crib. Are you going to leave any time soon?”
Her answer was absorbed by the loud crash of the bay window imploding. Glass flew through the air faster than the noise traveled. The sheet covering the window collapsed to the floor in a ball.

Reviews
"...Read this novel and see if you can honestly answer the question of what it would take to make you a killer, because no matter how righteous you think you are, everyone has a breaking point. For the protagonist in this story, I believe it is a lifetime of feeling defeated, and having known so little love in his life that losing any amount of that is horribly devastating. As for Chris and Aiden, I feel they could very easily have succumbed to the same fate, but instead turned their fears and anger inward... Put yourself in their place as tides of emotional and psychological warfare wash over them and really experience how their feelings for each other may be their only chance for survival." 
~ Lototy, Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance

“…OMG is what you’ll be thinking as you read this thrilling novel. Destiny Booze has included romance, suspense, fantasy, and twists and turns you won’t even see coming. This is one of those books you might put down momentarily, but the draw of what is going to happen next will reel you back in…you won’t know “who done it” until the very end…” 
~ Ginger Simpson, eBooks Examiner



"This book has a very inventive plot with an ending I didn't see coming. The characters were likable. Very emotional read in parts. Destiny should think about making this character, Chris Chambers, and her team into a series. James Patterson's woman's murder club better watch out...Destiny is coming." 
~ bookaholic, Shelfari Reader



“…some laugh-out-loud moments and some touching ones. Will there be a Chris Chambers series? Let’s hope so… This is a book that will intrigue you. You will want to know how it ends, whether you like it or not.”
~ Elizabeth Provenzano, Tulsa Books Examiner

"...Destiny is an author you should be ready to follow into the big leagues...Destiny’s mind is a frightfully delightful one that continues to bring out one great novel after another. You won’t put this down until you see 'whodunit'." 
~ Mind Fog Reviews

"I literally gasped...You have an amazing talent for making the reader love the character(s)...very refreshingly original." 
~ John McAllister, Editor

I've also posted an article today @ Red Lipstick Journals! Very hot, 'Androgynous - The New Wave of Sex Appeal'. Thanks so much for dropping by, Destiny! It was great to have you.


Happy Yaoi Hunting!
Blak Rayne ^_^!!

Monday, March 28, 2011

GIVE ME YAOI OR GIVE ME DEATH

Sadly my world has come crashing down. As you all know, I'd planned a trip to Japan with my daughter for May, but due to recent events this trip has been put on hold. Right now my travel agent is fighting with the insurance company to get my money back. I spent a considerable sum on airfare, hotel and a tour package. I just hope things can be sorted out before it's too late. I'd still like to take a trip, but somewhere in the South Pacific. My daughter and I decided on Fiji, New Zealand and if we can Australia. We'd like to do a tropical rounder. ^_^!! But we'll have to see what becomes of this mess. 

One of the big reasons we were going to Japan is our love of anime and of course, the food and culture. I've been a huge fan of anime since childhood. Yes I used to watch those cheesy old Japan anime - Transformers, Speed Racer etc. LOL Thank God the anime has  evolved since I was a child and now we're seeing such movies like Howling's Moving Castle, Strait Jacket, Apple Seed, Final Fantasy Advent Children and Ghost In The Shell. Television shows such as Bleach, Naruto, Sailor Moon, FMA and many others. Akira was one of the first moves that gave us a glimpse of what was to come. And speaking of the anime movies the manga has jumped ahead in leaps and bounds as well. Mainstream manga really is fantastic. The artistry has improved and there are some really excellent themes - Togainu no Chi, Basilisk, Death Note, King of Hell and so on, and so on. I could spend my entire blog listing off different mangas that are worth the time to read. There is also a video game empire dedicated to anime. But, of course, this whole post would be fruitless if I didn't mention, my favourite, yaoi. Admittedly yaoi isn't for everyone but it is for me! I have several drawers full of yaoi doujinshi and another full of the famous and more mainstream yaoi. For me there are no holds barred! LOL If the story is good and the characters gorgeous I'm in! 

That is why going to Japan was so big for me. To actually be standing in an authentic yaoi manga store...and did you know there is a yaoi bar in Toyko? No kidding, you can seriously order drinks from some young, hot guy or bishi and take your picture with him! LOL There are yaoi fan girl tours! And there are even yaoi conventions where mothers argue with their daughters over which yaoi is the best! This genre of comic has it's own underground, cult type following and its membership has been silently growing for years. 

If you're anything like me, you've probably noticed that certain yaoi volumes are listed at a very high price at online stores such as Amazon and Chapters/Indigo. I'm trying to complete several collections and this comes at fairly high price. In Japan most of these volumes are still available and quite cheap. (I was going to shop 'til I dropped) LOL But look no further Sakura Media.com and Akadot.com sell a number of these hard to find volumes at the regular issue price. They also offer clothes, OVAs, movies and a load of other interesting items. It's worth a look! Another awesome place to pa-rouse is Ebay! 

Once Kizuna is done, my next collection project is, Kirepapa; written and create by Ryou Takagi. I've watched the OVAs but never read the manga series, and thank goodness Akadot was reading my mind! LOL If you prefer a lighthearted storyline, look no further.

Senri Takashi is an author, father and recent divorcee who lives with his very pretty son, Rijyu. Rijyu has a number of classmates who enjoy visiting and frequent his home. Senri  has a twisted and deranged mind, and assumes that all these older boys are just biding their time, so they can have their way sexually with his son, when he's not looking (of course). He constantly talks to himself and envisions these ridiculous scenarios. So out of fear, he does all this weird and spiteful things to Rijyu's classmates, hoping to scare them off. But there is one student he can't seem to get rid of, Shunsuke Sakaki. Eventually he  discovers that all Rijyu's classmates aren't coming around to ogle his son, but actually him. Shunsuke ends up hitting on him and the story takes off from there. One example of the humour: Senri puts laxatives in food and feeds it to his son's friends. There are times where the music and expressions are priceless. I've added a read link. Read Kirepapa!


I haven't read the entire manga series yet, just started but so far the OVA and manga remain fairly true to one another. The OVA is very well done, the art superb and the plot does thicken. I'm giving this yaoi a flame rating of 3 - it isn't burn your retinas out hot but you still feel the heat! LOL


Before I let you go for the evening folks, remember to stop by again on March 30th. Author Destiny Booze will be here! Also a dear author and friend, Kharisma Rhayne, has a link she'd like you to check out. This is really important sweeties, we're talking about cruelty to animals: 
Different Outlook - Kharisma Rhayne


Happy Yaoi Hunting
Blak Rayne ^_^!!




Saturday, March 26, 2011

MENSPIRATION


David Taylor

Hi folks! This is the alter ego or better known as the third wheel in the Sharita L triad, BLMorticia with another post at Blak Rayne’s place. What am I talking about this week? MEN! That’s right, men.

Now, I’m not trying to give any real lessons here about how they smell, what they’re made of, or anything like that. What I’m speaking of is how they inspire us as writers, artists, or even you, as a reader. How you ask?

Think about a man you really like, celebrity or not. Okay, besides your husband. Jesus, work with me here. Does he make you all gushy inside? Think naughty things? Are you dreaming about the man bending you over the washer in the laundry room while you wait for the clothes to dry? Maybe. Then you’ve been MENSPIRED.

No, it’s not a real word, but it means that gorgeous hottie is someone you think about during a day dream, a relaxing bath, or a nap after you’ve sent the kiddies to school. He inspires your thoughts, invades your subconscious.

As creators, we have men in mind when we write. The characters are fictional, but we build a guy in our brain and form a personality around him. I can’t speak for anyone else but in this group of muses, we scout the net looking for a specific man to play the “role.” It’s usually something specific like his eyes, his build, or if he has something distinctive that says he should play this part.

Who have been some of our menspirations? We aren’t that clichĂ©’, picking the ones everyone wants like George Clooney or Brad Pitt. Our “actors” have been men who are models or even musicians. Some have been actual actors, but they’re ones not everyone knows. Here are a couple of examples.
The man above inspired a few stories from Michael and Rawiya. The latest being, Longing for a Normal State of Vertigo, in the Riding the Rocket Anthology.

All of us love Boris Kodjoe. He’s Derwyn in Rawiya’s Masquerade as well as Devon Peartly in Sugar Daddy part of the Who’s Your Daddy collection. He’s also my guy, Bryant Duncan, in My Lieutenant.

Tyson Beckford is in a new story that Rawiya is doing called Lessons in Ink along with David Taylor.

Now, there are many more but these are only a few. When we look for the menspiration, the appearance usually writes itself in the story and as we go along, we stop a moment to pick the person we’re thinking to visualize the action going on. Meninspired. Inspired by a certain man, to do what we want.

Surely when you’ve had that naughty dream of Brad Pitt from Lonesome Dove , it was a thrill that made you laugh or get a little moist down below. It titillated you as a woman or man, and made you want to react. A quick round with the vibrator perhaps? Hope you got batteries. In a writers’ life it’s the same. We’ve been menspired to pen a few thousand words around a particular man and erm, we might be having a little fun afterwards too.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this funny post, and in the meantime, keep living and dreaming.

Thanks for the great post, BL! The count down in coming folks! IRM will be fully operational on April 1st! (No fooling) LOL March 28th I'll be posting on my own blog - what a novelty! LOL On Mar 30th author Destiny Booze will be @ BRB! Can't wait - very sweet and funny lady. Also on March 30th I'll be posting again @ RLJ! And don't forget everyone there are witty articles, informative posts and awesome free reads at Red Lipstick Journals

And a special announcement. I'm so thrilled for Edward Kendrick. He got a really great review from Dark Divas for 'Everyone's Man' - a huge congrats! Have a spectacular weekend sweeties!

Happy Yaoi Hunting! 
Blak Rayne ^_^!!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

CATS AND DOGS - (3)

 Everyone needs a dog to adore him, not a cat to ignore him.

“Bosley, I swear you’re going to eat me out of house and home.”

Yeah, so I like my chow. Sue me. I’m a growing dog.  

“Hurry up so I can show you what I got this time.” Rail spreads the haul out on the table. “Not too bad. The jewelry’s going to bring in some good cash once I break it down.”

I clean my bowl then go to see. Putting my paws on the edge of the table I look. Shiny pretties, yeah. Like I know what they’re worth, right? But we live in a good place with a yard so probably enough to pay the rent again this time. 

Rail smiles, picking up a small ivory carving. “This one we keep, Bosley. It’s too distinctive to sell but I couldn’t resist.” He holds it out. “See, it’s you.”

So I look and I’m like, ‘Yeah, sure it is’. I guess it’s okay but then what do I know? It’s white, it’s a dog. If he wants to add it to his collection it’s fine by me. 

He gets up and I get down and follow him to the kitchen. Supper time for him now which means I get people food. Sitting on the floor by the icebox I watch, nudging his arm when he reaches for the turkey. Hey, I mean there’s real meat in there which is better for him. Right? And for me. He makes a face at me that’s the one that says ‘Behave’ but he goes for the meat and makes a big sandwich. Drops some in my bowl and leans on the counter watching me eat while he does.

“Better get to bed now, Bosley. Later I have to get rid of the stuff I got tonight. I’ve got the perfect place picked out for tomorrow. Should be some good electronics I think. The guy looks like a real nerd.”

Not sure what a ‘nerd’ is but whatever makes him happy makes me happy. I bounce around, heading to the door, shooting a look at him over my shoulder. I need a walk first, he needs a walk. He grabs the leash and opens the door. As long as there’s no one around I get to run and at this hour like who’s going to be out but us. I run, he follows. Then whistles. I pull up short and he hooks the leash as a car turns the corner. Comes up next to us and stops.

“Pretty late to be out walking your dog, isn’t it sir?”

Rail smiles balefully at the cop. “Tell that to Bosley. He decided he needed to go, so here I am. Trust me the second he’s done his business I’m back home and into bed again.”

The cop nods. “Have you been out here long?”

“Umm, maybe ten minutes. Why?”

“Did you see anyone else while you were out? There’s been another burglary in the area.”

“Damn, again? Nope, sorry, just me and Bosley here. And if anyone else was walking he’d have barked, right mutt?” He pats Bosley’s head. 

I snort. Dog snort but the same idea. Yeah I’d bark, but only if I saw a cop. Funny though, them asking R.R. If they only knew.

“What does this dude steal? TV’s and that kind of stuff? The news never really says. Oh hell! What if he’s hitting up my place while I’m out here?”

“I think you’re safe. So far he’s never broken into a place with a dog. And he takes anything of value but usually smaller stuff.” The cop has been keeping a wary eye on Bosley. Now he asks, “Has he ever tried to attack anyone?”

“Bosley? Hell no. He’s a real baby, sweet as they come.”

Dropping down I bury my head in my paws in embarrassment. Me? A baby? I could take that cop with one paw tied behind me. But I guess that Rail has to say that to keep the cop happy.   

“Okay, sir. We’ll leave you to your walk. And if you do see anything out of the norm, tonight or any night, be sure to call us. We need to catch this man before he gets unlucky and runs into a homeowner.”

“Will do.” Rail watches at the cops pull away. “Well Bosley, he has a point. We don’t want ‘the burglar’ running into anyone who’s awake, now do we?” He chortles and heads back to the house. 

Thanks so much for the awesome free read again, Edward! As always I can't wait until the next one. I've posted at Edward's blog as well - check it out. Tomorrow night BLMorticia is back folks. I can't wait to see what type of smut she's got for us?? LOL Have a great day sweeties! Edward's Blog!
Also don't forget there are some awesome articles and free reads this weekend @ RLJ as well! I think Keta did a post. Enjoy!
Plus April first is rapidly getting closer. Don't forget to check out IRM - there will be a whirlwind of a contest starting there very soon! IRM!!

Happy Yaoi Hunting 
Blak Rayne ^_^!!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

AUTHOR ALAN NAYES

Welcome everyone! Yes it's Wednesday already and you know the routine sweeties... LOL Thank you so much for agreeing to do this interview, Alan. It's been a while since I've had a man (oh pull your heads out of the gutter peeps) on BRB. LOL I was beginning to think the whole erotic/romantic and every other writing scene was under the control of secretly horny and spiteful women. Thank goodness there is some testosterone out there! Let's get down to it. 


First Blak, I want to thank you for having me on your blog today.

Not a problem, Alan. It is truly my pleasure. Tell us, who is Alan Nayes? And don't be shy.

I grew up in Texas but have resided in southern California for almost three decades now. Wow, time flies. I work in an occupational medicine clinic to support my writing habit. I have always enjoyed writing—I used to write some music in college but gave that up when I realized I couldn’t sing. I began with short stories, then tried a couple of screenplays without success and finally progressed to novels. I’m still searching for that elusive bestseller.

When did it hit you - 'I want to be a writer?'

I think I’ll paraphrase this question to read when did I know I wanted to become a professional writer. In college I never really took writing seriously, it was just for fun. It wasn’t until I took a creative writing class and wrote a short story that was received well by my peers and the teacher in the class that I thought “hey, I might really be able to get something published.” And though it took awhile, I finally did.

Who and/or what prompted you to write your first novel?

My first novel actually arose from a rejected screenplay titled HARVEST. No one seemed to be interested in the concept so I thought to hell with everyone, I’ll just change the title and transform my screenplay into a novel. That’s how GARGOYLES came about. I eventually sold GARGOYLES to Tor/Forge for a nice little advance.

Where and/or how do you find the greatest inspiration?

I get inspiration mostly from within me, I think. Sometimes I might read an article in the newspaper or hear a topic being discussed that draws my attention but still the inspiration to transform any idea into a written work comes from within. And believe me, there are times I really have to dig down deep to find it. Also, I get inspired when I read about others’ successes—I tell myself, hey I can do that. And music—if I’m really having a difficult time getting started, I’ll go to youtube and listen to some of my favorite tunes. Then usually I can get back to my work in progress. Usually…

What made you chose to write erotic/romantic literature in particular? And is there any other genre you’d like to write? And if so, why?

Actually Blak, I don’t write much erotic literature, though there are scenes in BARBARY POINT that could certainly be called erotic. I label BARBARY POINT more a love story and it was originally conceived when a former agent suggested I attempt to write a love story, which is a far different genre than my previously published works—both biomedical thrillers and horror.

Which appears first when contemplating a new project: A character, the plot and/or the title?

I’d have to say a concept comes first for me. I may not have a plot or characters or even a title but I have to have a general idea of what the story is going to be about. From the concept arise characters, major plot points—which always seem to change as I write—and working titles. Usually by the time I’ve completed the first two or tree chapters I’m pretty sure about a title, though. When I’m beginning a new story I like to be able to summarize the entire book in one sentence. For instance BARBARY POINT is about a woman who flies back to Wisconsin to close out her father’s estate and falls in love with a fishing guide.

What’s the hardest part of a novel for you to write: Beginning, middle and/or end? Why? 

Personally, I don’t find any part of a novel easy to write. If I had to choose one aspect that is the easiest, though, it would be the beginning. Having said this, many times the beginning changes as I draw near the conclusion. The middle is always the most challenging I would say because before I actually begin the story I usually know the ending or have a good idea of how I want it to end. Getting from that beginning to that end though is never easy—many times I find myself losing that excitement with the story and I just want to “get it over with.” So I plow through that “middle” telling myself how good it will feel when I reach the end. And it really does feel good when I reach that last page. Then begins the rewrites!

Has your own life influenced your novels? And if so, how?

My professional life as a physician definitely had an influence in my first two published novels—GARGOYLES and THE UNNATURAL--because both stories had  strong medical settings. Not so much in my recent stories, though BARBARY POINT  is based upon a real location that I am intimately familiar with. The cottage on the lake actually exists and I visit there every year. Never met a Kelly English there, though I wouldn’t mind it if I did!

Writing sex/romantic scenes can be a challenge for some authors. Do you find it difficult? If yes, how do you compensate? If no, where do you draw your inspiration?

Writing the sex/love scenes in BARBARY POINT was not difficult—developing the plot was more challenging. Sex is a natural act whereas plot development is not only not natural but a hell of a lot more boring. Definitely doesn’t feel as good. I think most writers would rather have sex all night than think about plot development.

Do you have a method you use to write the sensual parts? Do you prefer the sex to be open and bold? Or left to the imagination?

I think somewhere in between at least for me as a writer.  Right in your face can be nasty sometimes [literally—lol], where  leaving something for the readers imagination gets the reader more involved I think. Bottom line—it all depends on the scene and the story.

Are your characters based on people you know? Or are they completely fictitious?

Completely fictitious always. Don’t wish to be sued.

Who is your favorite character, which you’ve created? And why?

I would have to say my favorite character overall is the protagonist from my first novel GARGOYLES. Amoreena Daniels overcame hell of some odds to survive until the last page. For my latest release, BARBARY POINT, my favorite is Kelly English. In fact Amoreena and Kelly could probably be good friends—as long as neither had eyes for the same guy!

Can you tell us about your latest release? Give a synopsis.

BARBARY POINT is a love story, not a romance in the typical genre sense. The story revolves around a young, beautiful, ambitious woman, Kelly English, who is engaged to an older wealthy businessman. She is living in the fast paced world of Los Angeles when she receives a call from her mother that her father has suddenly died. Kelly never knew her dad growing up because her parents were divorced when she was quite young. Kelly must fly back to small town Oshkosh, Wisconsin to close out her father’s estate. When she does the unexpected happens—Kelly meets and falls in love with a fishing guide. BARBARY POINT is the story of what happens to her that one week in May on the shores of Lake Winnebago when the ducklings hatch and the walleye run.

What’s your newest WIP? And when we can expect a publication date?

I’m currently finishing HEMLOCK POND, a horror story about a woman and her young son who move into a farmhouse with a haunted pond. Guaranteed to make you keep the lights on if you’re reading late at night. Publication date—when I can sell it. Stay tuned.

How many novels do you have, that are currently published? Please list all the publishers, so the readers can locate you.


GARGOYLES Tor/Forge  Gargolyes at Amazon

THE UNNATURAL Tor/Forge The Unnatural at Amazon

BARBARY POINT xoxopublishing.com  Barbary Point at XOXOPublishing.com


THE RED, WHITE and BLUE KITTY The Red, White and Blue Kitty  This is a bizarre tattoo short story with a twist--for mature audiences and it’s free!

Where do you see your writing career in the next five to ten years?

Wow, that’s a tough one. I know where I’d like to see it—further along than it is now. Hopefully a bestseller or two....or three…or…yeah, I’m wishing!






       PROLOGUE
   Mother always reminded me, ―Kelly, love from the mind is nothing more than a pleasurable arrangement, whereas love from the heart lasts forever.

   I had listened to these same exact words beginning in junior high, again in high school, and throughout college. And it always worried me I might not be able to tell the difference.

   A man I deeply loved once told me that a fish lunges after an artificial lure solely on instinct. He sees it, wants it, and zappo, he‘s hooked.

   Love is a lot like that. You see someone you want, the chemistry is there, and zappo, you‘re hooked.






ABOUT THE AUTHOR

          Alan Nayes was born in Houston and grew up on the Texas gulf coast. After attending medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, he moved to Southern California where he divides his time and energies between medicine and writing. He is the author of the critically-acclaimed biomedical thrillers, GARGOYLES and THE UNNATURAL. His most recent release is BARBARY POINT, a love story.
         An avid outdoorsman and fitness enthusiast, he is one of only a few individuals to  ever swim across Wisconsin’s chilly Lake Winnebago. When not working on his next project, he enjoys relaxing and fishing at the family vacation home in Wisconsin.


Once again, thank you so much for doing the interview, Alan. You're a very fascinating man. I had no idea you're a physician. Your medical knowledge must add the quintessential reality to your novels. I wish you the very best!

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