Wednesday, March 20, 2013

The Next Big Thing Blog Hop, The Intro

Here we are at part 2 of The Next Big Thing Blog Hop, where I get to answer 10 questions about my current writing project and everything associated with it. Since I don't really have anything that I'm working on, today's post will focus on my commercial debut:

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 1} What is the title of your book?

Line 21.

2} Where did the idea come from for the book?

One morning while I was in that state of being between not quite awake and not quite asleep, an idea for a short story about a woman in debt to a loan shark having to go into adult movies popped into my head. After mentally writing it for several minutes, I woke up and as soon as the opportunity presented itself, I attacked my computer with this story.

3} What genre does your book fall under?

Paranormal adult erotica

4} Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie?

I know this is going to sound cliche, but I would have women and men who are not only very comfortable performing graphic sex scenes but who also have the talent and the chops to act. In other words, very talented adult movie actors/actresses. Now who those might be, I really couldn't tell you beyond the minimal requirement of being women of color.

5} What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?

Playing the game of public sex is tough when the family loan shark wants a piece of your action, but when your symbiont wants a piece as well, it's enough to make you question your sanity.

6} Is your book self-pubbed, pubbed by an independent publisher or represented by an agency?

It is published by Solstice Publishing.

7} How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

About a year and a quarter. Original draft took about two and a half months, with the remaining time spent editing and revising the living daylights out of it.

8} What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

My answer is hampered by the fact that I haven't read much in the way of erotica over the years, so I honestly wouldn't know what to compare it to. Not sure how may stories are out there of the paranormal variety in which the lead character has a symbiont for a sister and becomes an adult movie actress while at the same time introducing her sister to the joy that living in the real world can bring.

9} Who or what inspired you to write this book?

Specifically, no one person inspired me to write this book as it was more people and a t.v. show that inspired me. The idea popped in and once I tweaked the general premise to include a symbiont (inspiration for that came from the Star Trek series Deep Space Nine), the words simply poured out. The general inspiration came from the strong and fiercely independent women that I have met and/or became friends with in the past decade. I really wanted to make my characters as strong and as believable as possible, and those women served as the perfect inspiration.

10} What else about your book might pique a reader's interest?

First of all, while the main plot revolves around Jeannie (the main character) making adult movies, the book explores the rationale behind Jeannie becoming an adult movie actress; it explores her reservations in doing so to gradually accepting and embracing the natural attributes that God gave her, while at the same time struggling to remain true to her values and to herself. And it explores how her sister gradually goes from being a symbiont to becoming an almost real human being. Plus, it has enough action and intrigue to keep the reader involved to the very end.

Click on the book trailer for a quick synopsis and click on the picture for details on how to purchase Line 21 from your favorite retailer or from me.


  1. Thanks for doing the meme with me. Hoping you have many, many sales, my friend.

  2. Avery: Thanks for inviting me to participate, I really enjoyed it.

    And I hope for extra sales too. :D

  3. Although I've picked up bits and pieces of this information from other posts, it was nice to have it all compact and contained in a single post.

  4. Paranormal adult erotica - I love it! You may have just invented a genre.

  5. Charles: Thanks.

    M: It's about the only way I can describe the book.

  6. This was an effective way to get out story specific info. The Deep Space Nine connection I hadn't realized before- n I've Trekked a bit.

  7. Snaggle: Thanks.

    Out of all the Star Trek series, I've always loved DS9, but after its original run, it never got syndicated. The one thing that stuck with me from the show was that one of the lead characters had a symbiont. A little tweaking and presto, a very cool character was created for the book.

  8. I'm intrigued you call your book "Paranormal adult erotica", is there such a thing as teen erotica then?? I really am out of touch I think!

  9. Joe: It's been a battle to properly classify my book, so since it has a bit of the paranormal in it (the symbiont sister) I figure it would be best to call it "paranormal adult erotica".

    As for "teen erotica", I certainly hope not. A potential genre like that would have so many legal hurdles to jump (in humble opinion) that it wouldn't even be feasible to publish.

    In any event, you can't even buy my book unless you're over 18, and I certainly would card anyone who bought a copy from me.


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