When I first started this journey of writing a novel, I had to pick a genre. For me, the choice was clear. Romance, of course. Duh. That’s what I read and enjoy. But I was somewhat surprised with how difficult writing romance can be. Writing in general is hard, but writing about your characters kissing under a crescent moon or making whoopie under satin sheets can be somewhat embarrassing if you don’t get it right. Putting it out there into the readisphere, is literally like you’re doing it on stage for everyone and their dirty old uncle to see. And an exhibitionist I ain’t.
The mechanics of the kiss or bumping booty is relatively easy. It’s the emotion that is so dang hard to get right without it coming across as cheesy. It’s what your characters are feeling that gets readers all hot and fanning themselves and wishing it was them under those covers. But, what makes their hearts pound and toes tingle and…yes…yours too, can be bloody difficult. Painstakingly choosing each word for maximum effect is a thoroughly stressful, but most enjoyable matter.
As of now I’m unpublished and maybe never will be in the traditional sense, but that’s not going to stop me from doing something that I have a new found passion for. Even if nobody reads it, I’m having the best time writing it. This writing thing has gotten under my skin, in a way I never thought possible. Not in this lifetime anyway. It’s become my obsession.
You’re yet to meet my characters, Shelley and Gianni as I’m only half way through my manuscript, but I’ll be introducing them and their shenanigans bit by bit to the world soon, like a proud Momma dragging her babies to the playground. Hopefully you’ll join me on the journey and we can all grow up together.
So tell me, what gets your toes and other bits tingling?
Born in Cape Town, South Africa, I currently live in the San Francisco Bay Area. I'm the mother of two, an animal advocate and a romance addict.