Monday, November 17, 2014

The Liebster Award Blog Hop

So, Laura Heffernan told me that I'd been nominated for something called the Liebster Award. I was super excited until I found out that it doesn't come with a trophy. Anyway, it's a blog hop, because Laura claims I don't blog enough. (She's right. I'm sorry. I'll try to be better.) In an effort to be one of the lukewarm kids (I'm not really cool), I've answered the ten questions given to me.

1. What prompted you to finally sit down and write a book?

I just hit a point where all of the excuses I'd made not to do it wore thin, and I realized that I didn't want to spend the rest of my life wondering whether I could finish a book or what would happen if I did. Between that and a friend who is gung-ho for NaNoWriMo, I think a book ended to happen.

2. Be honest - how do you really feel about wearing pants?

If you're talking about pajama pants, sweat pants, or yoga pants, I'm in. If you're talking about slacks, I'm out. I prefer skirts to pants most of the time when I have to leave the house, because they're more comfortable.

3. What is your favorite genre to read and write? 

Erotica. I also like to read romance, women's fiction, mysteries, and thrillers, but my first love will always be erotica. The naughtier, the better.

4. When writing, what is your #1 go-to junk food of choice?

Baked Cheetos for salty, Oreos for sweet, or chocolate covered nuts for both.

5. What is your preferred caffeine-injection method?

I have equal fondness for coffee and Pepsi, depending on the time of day.

6. What crutch words do you need to seek out and obliterate when you're done?

I have an issue with "loins." Before I started writing, I read a lot of historical fiction, and that's one word I can't seem to avoid tossing in. But I don't like it, so I keep going back and weeding it out.

7. How many query letters did you send before you found your agent?

There are far fewer agents who represent erotica than some of the other genres. I sent about 20-25 queries, I think, spaced over several months. And I just got lucky. My agent doesn't accept unsolicited erotica submissions.

8. What's being on submission really like?

It's a lot like querying, with less knowing what's going on. I've heard that some writers expect constant updates, but I like to think my agent has better things to do than email me daily to tell me that there's been no change. Like selling my book. So, mostly I wait, bite my nails, work on something new, and try to keep busy. Just like I did when querying.

9. What is the weirdest response you've gotten to telling someone you write books?

Some guy heard that I write erotica and thought that meant I wanted to be in a threesome with him. Sorry, dude. No.

10. What is your least favorite bit of writing advice that seems to be all over the internet?

The war on adverbs and adjectives. Yes, descriptive verbs and nouns are good. No, there's not always a descriptive verb or noun that says the idea you want to get across. Someone went through a friend's manuscript, highlighted every word ending in -ly, and said to delete them all. Hint: only, family, fly, and about 1,000 other words ending in -ly aren't adverbs if they aren't being used to modify a verb.

In other news, stories with no description whatsoever are boring, especially in romance and erotica.

So, that's it! A little peek at me. I don't really know many authors that haven't already done the blog hop, but thanks for the opportunity to participate.

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