I'm back!! After several weeks of juggling a lot of personal life stuff, I'm finally back to writing. It wasn't that I wasn't writing, but it was very much secondary to all the other stuff happening. I prefer to write in big chunks of thousands of words, not a few hundred here and there.
That got me thinking about my writing process and my next project, Tempt.
When writing a sexy serial I need three things: music, a plan, and time with a clear head. Music is huge for me to maintain a consistent tone and keep me focused. A plan gives me clear goals for each day of writing and a prize (for lack of a better explanation) that I'm working toward overall. And a clear head is crucial. Adam, Elizabeth, Theo, and Allison are all really strong, emotional, deep characters. Writing first thing in the morning when I can let them run wild before the realities of real life creep in works best.
The first draft of Tease was written about three years ago. It was heavily music driven, had a bazillion story lines that needed weeding down, and a character (and author) that needed some confidence. The minute I finished writing Tease I had an idea for a story featuring the mysterious Allison, Elizabeth's best friend. She's an important character in Elizabeth's life, but she never actually appears in the book. I've had a lot of time to stew over this story idea...
I listened to a lot of Alex Clare when writing Tease. There is something haunting and deep about The Lateness of the Hour, but there was one track in particular that never quite fit with Tease. I desperately wanted to write a story for it, though. Three years ago I decided it needed to be Allison's story.
I'm finally getting ready to write it.
If you want an idea of what to expect out of Tempt, take a look at these lyrics from "Treading Water":
Can you forgive the things I do, that I can't amend? Not the way I yearn for her, I hope you can't pretend. Girl you're a fire and you'll find, That I want to get burned. No matter what you can teach me, I'm sure I'll never learn. Hmmm treading water, I keep, Treading water.
The things I loved about Tease I'm hoping to recapture in Tempt. Elizabeth was a hopeless and dark character, and so is Theo. Adam, by contrast, was a hopeful character willing to go to extremes for love. I like exploring the interaction of those two types of characters. Will they destroy themselves or each other? What is love really worth? Is solitude worth the cost of loneliness?
If you want first look access to Tempt as I write, make sure you are signed up for the Teasers Newsletter. I don't have a firm release date yet, but expect Volume One toward the end of June--in time for hot summer reading!
In the meantime, take a look at my playlist to get a taste of what's to come!
Treading Water - Alex Clare
Relax My Beloved - Alex Clare
Sail - AWOLNATION
I'm So Sorry - Imagine Dragons
Angel of Small Death and the Codeine Scene - Hozier
Cherry Wine - Hozier
Do I Wanna Know? - Arctic Monkeys
Paradise - Coldplay
And here's Treading Water: