Welcome to BRB, everyone! I was nominated to contribute to ‘My Writing Process Blog Tour’ by the author Emma Paul. Thank you for the nomination, Emma! So, I shall begin. As you all know my name is Blak Rayne and I'm an author of gay romance.
1 - What am I working on?
Currently, I’ve completed writing a new novel titled The Ideal Side of Life, which is with the editor, and will be published in June. And while that is away, I’m revising Devotion and Devotion 2, and I’m trying to finish Devotion 3, which will be a new addition making the story into a trilogy. Once the three books are ready they will be republished this year simultaneously. After that, I’ve got two more novels awaiting completion and editing.
2 - How does my work differ from others of its genre?
Sex is sex, and I suppose just about any author, if they put their mind to it, can write about sex or sex scenes. But I prefer to write stories, focusing more on character development and creating a memorable plot while adding the sex where it needs to be added, not as an afterthought or segue. At least that’s what I strive to achieve. So, I guess that’s where I believe my work differs from others in the genre.
3 - Why do I write what I do?
I've wanted to be a published author since childhood. However, penning gay romance had been accidental at first. But as time went, the creative juices started flowing, and I realized I truly enjoyed writing in the genre. And since I've had gay friends, I felt maybe sharing from personal experience might be worth while. I believe the gay, as well as GLBTQ community, as a whole needs advocates, and the more the better. Not that I'm an expert, but that's why I've always tried to write about strong gay men, men who always find happiness in the end, no matter how rough the journey.
4 - How does my writing process work?
Once I get an idea, I’ll jot it down either on paper, or the computer, whichever is available. Sometimes the ideas will flow like a movie jumping from scene to scene, and I have to write or type as fast as possible to get everything down. I’ve actually written almost an entire novella in one sitting, ten thousand words typed non-stop.
At other times the ideas just come as a plot outline, which may or may not include character names, tagline, blurb etc. But normally when I’m in the groove, so-to-speak, I’ll write a few chapters, stop, then go back and edit those chapters. Then continue the same process, writing until I’m literally burn-out, or I know I’ve purged enough from my brain that I can stop and resume the following day when I’m more refreshed. I usually continue this process daily until the book is complete. At the end I will go back to the very beginning and read it out loud, editing as I go. And, once that’s done, I’ll read it through a final time in silence before sending it to the editor. I’m a stickler when it comes to my books, and I want them to be as error free as possible for publication – whether researched information, grammar, punctuation, or plot consistency – you name it, I always try my best to make sure everything is accurate. That doesn’t mean I hang on forever, it just means I believe my novels reflect my ability as an author, and I’d like to be a decent one.
To continue this blog tour I’ve nominated two wonderful authors:
Author DP Denman visit her blog on April 14-2014
DP Denman writes character-driven gay romance about survivors. Her stories are real and intense but always resolve in the type of ending that makes readers want to start the book all over again. She is from the Pacific Northwest and bases all of her stories in Vancouver, British Columbia, a city that is dear to her heart.
In her spare time she is a dedicated gay rights activist fighting for those who have been marginalized and abused. To that end, 25% of the royalties from every book go to support LGBT charities.
Author Jacqueline George visit her blog on April 7-2014
Jacqueline lives in Far North Queensland, on the shore of the Coral Sea. She keeps herself busy with her cats and garden, and by writing books - some of which are far too naughty for her own good. You can find out more about Jacqueline and her books at: www.jacquelinegeorgewriter.com