What I love about writing is the natural flow of it. I don't have to hold a gun to my head to get the words down on paper. I put my hands on the keyboard and it just flows, word after delicious word. It's very soothing to my soul to finally 'fall' into the thing I'm supposed to be doing. :-) I've written all my life, but what changed it for me was moving from a struggling plotter writer to a complete pantser writer. Once I did that. Voila! Much more fun and it fitted my rhythm and style of being. :-)
In my sensual romance books, I love the characters that turn up, their insecurities and vulnerabilities. The way they're human and whole people. The gorgeous way they love and let themselves go there. I love these characters, they are such a part of me. Being able to express all that in the written form is soul drenchingly good. :-)
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything! :-) It's such a honor that someone would want to read my book and then enjoy it so much. That they get annoyed at Charlie, then they love him. Or they adore Henry and fall in love with Izzy.
Or with The Mystic Manifestor, when I get an email from someone that says, I tried this and guess what turned up today! Or that really resonated with me, I feel like you really got where I was coming from. It's lovely to think that you touched a person's life in some way. Made their day or made them cry, laugh, feel something! I love it and them. :-) They say thank you for being you, every time they read a book and review it.
What are you working on next?
LOL. That's the 64 million dollar question. I'm always working on something new. So, by the time I write this, I'll probably already be galloping off onto a new project.
I'm working on my sensual romance books all the time. I've always got several on the go. I'm currently in the edit process for two of my books with my publisher Muse It Up Publishing, an Canadian publisher whom I already have one book published earlier this year with, DARK WAR. At Christmas time, SAINT NICHOLAS will be released about a young New Zealand widow Daisy who falls for Greek store owner Nicky Constantine. But their love isn't just in this lifetime, it comes from a past life as well.
Then in the Spring, the first book of my Troika Love Series will be released through Muse as well. HENRY AND ISOLDE is the lovely story of an older black musician Henry who feels his life is nearly over until he meets the exuberant redheaded New Zealander Izzy. His life goes from fifty shades of beige to a rainbow of colors, textures, sounds, but most of all—feelings he's allowed to have.
So, they're coming out within the next few months. Then I decided the plotter writer's were driving me nuts, so I'm writing a bit of a tongue in cheek, but also slightly serious book to encourage the pantser writers out there. I nearly gave up writing or wanting to be a writer, after reading all the 'How to be a writer books.' I thought, crikey, I'll never manage all that. LOL. Now, I do things my way and it works so much better. :-) It's called WRITING BY THE SEAT OF YOUR PANTSERS.
I've nearly finished a new male/male romance book to be submitted called HAWAIIAN LEI, set at home in the Hawaiian Islands. All the gorgeous magic and sensuality in the islands. When Matt Quintal, a New Zealand painter gets fed up with the empty club scene in LA. He visits his sister Rach on the Big Island of Hawai'i and meets the shy sweet Beau Toyama, a native Hawaiian/Japanese/Tahitian bi-plane pilot. They have an instant connection with each other. Both with wounds in their souls. Watch as their love unfolds and they heal together in their life.
I only write HEA - happily every afters and I write about deep emotionally intelligent relationships. I love deep love stories and watching people let themselves open up and be loved. It's gorgeous.
Who are your favorite authors?
Too many to really list. :-) But a few off the top of head are:
Michele 'Mikey' Rakes - romance erotica writer. She writes deep vulnerable characters Lloyd A. Meeker - gay romance writer. He writes emotionally intelligent romances. Jonathon Kellerman - murder mystery, psychologist Noel Barber - sweeping sagas in exotic countries during the thirties and forties Janet Evanovich - hilarious mysteries with Stephanie Plum and all her gang Martha Beck - Finding Your own North Star. She's an extremely funny life coach who is one of my teachers. Jimmy Buffett - he's such a wonderful pirate. HIs adventures are always grabbing me Marcia Muller - murder mysteries with Sharon McCone. Vidya Samson - an Indian writer who writes hilarious books on life in India. M C Beaton - British Cosy writer
There's more, but my brain has stopped working. :-)
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I always find this question, a bit of a trick question. LOL.
I don't know many writers who aren't 'writing' in some form. If we're driving in the car, we have a scene or dialogue running through our head. If we're out to dinner, we're scribbling notes on napkins or our phone. In the bathroom, we're plotting out something. Ok, but we're supposed to take breaks.
I'm still a reader. I love books. Eating out a fabulous restaurants is an all time favorite thing for me. And I could jump on a plane every couple of weeks and fly somewhere new. Traveling is one of lifes great joys. When I'm home in Hawai'i, I go to the beach and snorkel A LOT. When I'm in New Zealand, I socalize with my family and friends A LOT. LOL. I like to fly in open cockpit bi-planes when I can too. That gentle waft from a grass strip into the air... heaven. :-) Otherwise, here at home, I just seem to be constantly corralling cats, feeding cats, organizing cats and writing... :-)
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I'll often see them advertised on someone's fb page or Twitter. I think, hmmm, that sounds interesting. I go over and have a wee read of the blurb and it will grab me. Or I'll be send something from Goodreads, that says an author I like is bringing out a new book. Or one of the 500 writing groups, any writer belongs too, and someone will post something. It'll catch my eye and I'll grab the book.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
LOL. Not probably the very FIRST story. I remember the very first one I 'published.' I was about eleven years old and I wrote in a small notebook a book called 'This is my Life.' I pasted a piccie of myself on the front. (Nice and professional :-) - the first of many covers) and wrote about my parents divorce and reconciliation. I wrote it out in my standard New Zealand printing we were taught at school then and manged to fill up most of the notebook. As there was only one copy, it didn't sell well and I still have it to this day. LOL. My sister found it in a bag of stuff a while ago and it's one of those gorgeous treasures.
What is your writing process?
Sorry to be horribly lazy, but this best describes my process. :-)
This morning I wrote a reply to fellow Muse It Up author Matthew Peters blog on our routine's as writers. I thought I'd be a lazy writer today and post it here as well. :-)Although, I HAD already written it—so I'm sure that counts for something!
When I first started really writing, I bought all the books. And then felt horribly intimidated by 'writers' routines. Oh God, I thought. I'll never manage that! They all seemed to write EVERY day AND they got up at the crack of dawn. I usually go to bed at the crack of dawn!
But after awhile, I realized it didn't matter. My style was my style. I write when I write. Last year, I wrote one short story, and 2 and 1/2 novels, so can't moan too much.
Also, it seems to depend what I'm writing. My first book was a self-help book and I had to hold a gun to my head to finish it. (since then, I've revised it and realised that I made it hard work for myself at the time.)
My books I write now, I have to hold a gun to my head to make me go to bed and sleep. :-) They enthrall me. I get lost in them. I look up and it's been three hours or more.
I write whenever it grabs me. Sometimes I sit for days, going through a scenario or dialogue piece in my head. Then when it's right, I get on the computer and just type like billy-o, trying to get down what everyone is saying and doing. It seems to work quite well. When I can't write, I edit. I do edit every single day, because I can't stay away from it and love it.
I write best after midnight and often get a second wind about 6 or 7 in the morning. Sometimes writing through to 10 or lunchtime, then going to bed.
I don't write every day, because I don't need to. I'm a panster writer, so I have to wait for the characters to turn up in my head with their latest offerings. Then I just write/type them down. Once I've got them down, they go off and have a meeting or something (not sure where they go) and then they turn up again and off we go again. LOL. I used to find this a bit terrifying, but now I know that they're always there. They always turn up, they always talk. They'll give me what I need next.
So, I have almost no routine. I work when I feel like it. I write when they turn up. I edit every day though, because I can't stay away and I'm verbose. I have to fire up the word count chainsaw a lot. LOL. Henry and Isolde had 66,000 words cut from it, to make word count. It's astonishing what you really don't need.
I like to edit when I have my Bacardi and diet Cokes for the day though. It sets part of my brain aside and makes things jump out that don't need to be there. Aloha and thanks for reading. Meg Amor :-)
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
No, I don't. I've been reading since I was a wee kid. I've always devoured books, so it could have been anything. My greatest gifts on my birthday and Christmas were books that people sent me. Later, my Gran always sent me a Whitcoulls voucher (a bookstore in New Zealand) and it was like being let loose in a lolly shop, all these books to choose from... which one would I pick? :-) I loved it.
How do you approach cover design?
With trepidation. LOL
I am gaining confidence with this process as I go along.
I didn't want a 'bodice ripper' on my first sensual romance book and ended up with someone I was a bit 'underwhelmed' by. So, I'm still not super up on it. I do want the cover to represent the book well.
I had my original cover for The Mystic Manifestor which I loved and had a graphic artist do in New Zealand for the original print book, but it wouldn't load to Smashwords, so my good friend and fellow writer Lucee Lovett made me a new one. Thanks!!! :-)
What do you read for pleasure?
Pyschological murder mysteries. Romance erotica. British cosies Romances
Describe your desk
I actually write in bed. I have a huge desk which I don't use anymore. It's become a repository for cruft. I'm most comfortable in my bed on my remote keyboard, 500 feather pillows at my bag, fur children leaping on and off, 423 yellow legal pads strewn about the place, pens for Africa and obscure notes to myself. Charlie, pocket watch, ?
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Christchurch, New Zealand. I'm a Kiwi born and bred, but have lived half my life overseas.
I'm a very proud New Zealander, I just can't live there anymore. Ouch. :-)
When I grew up in New Zealand, we weren't encouraged to be inside, or watch TV. Mum shooed us outside all the time. "Go outside and play. It's a lovely day." To this day, I hate being outside for extended periods of home, unless I'm at home on the Big Island of Hawai'i, my spiritual home and American home state. So, we played. Really played... We made up stories in the playhut. We pretended all the time. We organized search and rescue parties. We cleaned up the alley. We made up stories about the 'evil' man who had the market garden at the end of the street. We liked to cut through his vegetables to the other street. No doubt he thougth we were all nuisances and would come out and rightly yell at us. LOL. I lived near an airforce base and many of my friends parents were on base in some capacity. I had friends who parents were musicians. All these things were a rich tapestry of experiences and things to absorb as I grew up. My parents also did therapy which was practically unheard of in NZ, in the seventies and I was enthralled with it.
My parents were slightly Bohemian too. Mum and Dad were both artists of different kinds. Not always practising, but the influence was there. Mum was an actress. And Dad an extremely good water colorists. My dad worked as an engineer and loathed it. I think somewhere it always encouraged me to follow my own heart.
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