Hello everyone and welcome to our first post. I feel all kinds of honoured to be kicking off the Naughty Quills blog. When I was asked if I wanted to participate in this blog, I jumped at the chance. After all, Evernight was the first publisher to take a chance on an unknown author, when they published my Debut Novel Lure of the Blood back in November 2011.
What a momentous occasion that was. I had no clue what I was doing, and everything I’ve learnt since then has been trial and error, with bits of wisdom passed on by my fellow authors. Four and a half years and sixty two releases later (phew), I know a little bit more.
So, here at Naughty Quills, we thought it would be a good idea to pool our resources and to let all you aspiring, new and seasoned authors, for that matter—after all, you can always learn something new, right?—know what worked for us, what didn’t etc.
Hopefully, we’ll keep you entertained along the way 🙂
So, I hear you ask, who is this strange bird, called Doris, and why should we listen to her?
Well, for starters, you don’t have to listen at all. I do tend to ramble and go off on a tangent, especially when I’m ranting. Something I’m quite fond of, and do frequently, so you have been warned. It’s the German in me, I’m afraid. I tend to say what I think. So, what you see is very much what you get with me. I can’t be doing with nonsense, and will not shy away from saying the truth, which doesn’t always make me popular, but hey… sometimes the truth hurts, right?
Now, before you all run away screaming in fear, I’m really quite easy to get along, usually.
*stop sniggering in that corner*
No, really, I am. If you met me in person, I’d be the quiet one in the corner. 🙂 And believe it or not, I do tend to keep my opinions to myself, for the most part. Of course, if you ask me what I think, I will tell you exactly what I think.
Still, you need a thick skin in this publishing business, that’s for sure, though why you do, is a topic for another post.
For now, let me just say hi. I’m looking forward to posting and seeing what my fellow quills come up with.
Let me fill you in on what I write, which could take a while, as I have a very unpredictable and downright dirty muse. Believe it or not, I never set out to be an erotic author, but from the very first manuscript I penned with several awkward sex scenes, my characters seemed utterly incapable of keeping their hands off each other, or doing as they’re told, for that matter. I very quickly realized that I was a panster, and thus at the mercy of these ornery characters of mine.
I write Dominant alpha heroes with sassy heroines who give them a run for their money. My heroines might be submissive in the bedroom, but they certainly know to assert themselves in every other area of their life. Hubby/Sir would say they all remind him of me, lol. To be fair parts of my very own Lord and Master, or Domly type, as he’s known when I’m snarky, is in every one of the heroes that I write, especially when they growl… I do like a man who growls… much to the amusement of my editor at Evernight, who is convinced that I only write shifters so that she can’t pull me up on the amount of growling which goes on…
I shall neither confirm nor deny this allegation. Suffice to say, my non shifting heroes tend to growl, grumble etc.…
As you may have gathered from the above, I write contemporary and paranormal BDSM, as well as Sci-Fi, time travel, ménage (mmf, mfm), MM and FF occasionally. See, I told you, my muse is unpredictable, and I never know what she will throw at me next. I like to think it keeps my writing fresh, and so far readers seem to agree, which is just as well, because I couldn’t write any other way.
When I’m not writing, I look after our brood of nine, ranging in age from 25 down to 4. Two of the older ones have flown the nest, though return regularly with their respective partners in tow, which is always lovely, even it makes the house even more chaotic than usual. We also have a cat, who thinks she own us, and an adorably goofy German Shepherd Cross, who is scared of his own shadow, and likely to lick you to death when he sees you. Once he’s barked at you, just to make sure you know what a big guy he is, and to put his foot down, you understand.
As you can gather there is never a dull moment in this house. Sometimes I think we lurch from one drama to the next. Well we do have four (!) teenage girls in the house right now, as well as two boisterous little boys, who seem utterly incapable of sitting still, or agreeing on anything, apart from when they announce that they’re hungry…. Again… five seconds after they’ve eaten….
Hubby/Sir and I have been together for twenty eight years, married for twenty six, and in a Dom/sub relationship for the last five, when we finally officially embraced our kinky sides, if you like.
So, that’s me in a nutshell, or rather a long rambling post, that I hope hasn’t sent you off to sleep.
Till next time, folks. Do stay naughty.