This is Jake. Well it's Jake in my head and he is my hero in 'The Real Deal' which will be published by Breathless Press on November 25th as part of their Hot Shots Anthology. I am nervous and apprehensive. I may be a drama queen but I do like working in the shadows, being the woman behind the power, because when I have the power I tend to be a dictator lol!
Getting back to Jake. He walked into my head perfectly formed, prowling for his pretty lady. A very impatient man, he insisted I write his story in five days. Ten thousand words in five days. I have never written anything so quickly. Nor, have I written anything entirely from the hero's pov but there you go he was so vivid in my head that he made sure it was his voice I put down on paper.
Secretly, I love it and him. I worry that I will never have such a connection with one of my characters again. It came so easily to me that it was too good to be true!
That's the joy of writing though. Somedays it's perfect and other days you hate absolutely everything you've done. Having a great critique group is essential. I'm 'involved' with an incredible group of women. They have been on their own paths to publication this year and I will be blogging more about them and their releases as the months go on.
Without them, I probably wouldn't be this far along on my own path to writing success. I still have a long way to go and very little time to dedicate to it after today.
I will be doing this.
Wanting some of this.
And dreaming of this.
That's Prince Vichi featuring in my newest story and a favourite (with some debate) amongst some of my crit partners.
If I have only learnt one thing this year from those ladies it's that naked pictures of handsome men can fuel your entire day. Yummy!
Until next Friday.