Hot cops, erotic romance, medieval tales and paranormal suspense. I guess that makes me a sex pot cop/vampire/lycan/demoiselle kickass woman who fears nothing and has the hottest guys on the planet panting after her.
So let’s break this down: I am a sex pot. 😉 I am married to a retired cop. I like my meat rare but that doesn’t make me a vampire. I can be a bitch on occasion but that doesn’t make me lycan. I am hardly a demoiselle but have kicked a few asses in my time. I fear too many things to count and while I have my own hot cop and have attracted a few other hot guys, I don’t have them breaking down my door.
(Even though I have never written about a fireman, I couldn’t resist the picture!)
That said, I do write the kind of heroes I have intimate knowledge of: the enigmatic alpha. i.e the hubster. For those of you who have read my work, you know my heroes are alpha to the max. They are intelligent, decisive, passionate, protective, loyal, possessive, and they can always make my heroine laugh. There are no gray areas with my men. They are born with an inherent command presence and while the world sees them as serious and moody, they have a soft mushy center when it comes to the people they love, most especially their lady.
I’d be lying if I said there isn’t a part of me in every one of my heroines. Some more than others, but at the end of the day, they are as alpha as their men, but all woman. I like being a woman. I like all that being a female entails, especially the part of me that connects with my hero. So too do my heroines. It’s good to be us. 😉
I know many different types of real life characters, good, bad, and everything in between. Inevitably, parts of these people I know find themselves in the created characters of my stories.
So while I write certain types of characters I understand on a very personal level, the same holds true for the emotionality of my stories. The emotions I write reflect emotions I have personally experienced or emotions and situations those close to me have experienced. And some stories are a reflection of what my emotional state is at the time I write it.
Last year when my nephew was killed, the book I was working on, BLOOD RIGHT, turned into a heart aching, deeply emotional story. I poured my sorrow into those pages. It turned out to be a gut-wrencher of a story. I began the following book, BLOOD VOW, in the aftermath of Timothy’s death. It was another deeply emotional book. My heroine desperately struggled to do what was right for the two men she loved. Her feelings of hopelessness that she would lose them both as they fought to survive each day is palpable. Those emotions are mine as I struggled day to day with my brother as he dealt with his grief over losing his youngest son. There were times I wasn’t’ sure if he could live with the grief another day.
I have two stories I’m working on right now, one is a sexual awakening coming of age story, the other is about a deeply troubled man who has seen and experienced things most of us hopefully never have to experience. Both stories are intensely emotional, sensual journeys. One is a woman’s journey the other a man’s.
And because I’m in a transitional stage of my life, not only personally, but emotionally and creatively, it’s going to be interesting to see how these two stories unfold.
I’ll write what I know for sure. And I hope you’ll read it. 🙂
So here’s my question: when you read a story that touches on something so close to home that it makes you uncomfortable, do you soldier through it or skim the pages until you get back to a safe place? And while you’re answering that how about giving us a title or two of a gut-wrencher with an HEA.