“It is perfectly okay to write garbage — as long as you edit it brilliantly.”
Good News!! My collection of short stories, Curious, was voted book of the month for January in the Erotica Category by readers of the I Heart Lesfic website. Yeah me! It is made up of twelve stories about women exploring new aspects of their sexuality.
This week I finally finished and published my fourteenth book. It went on sale St. Patrick’s Day – although there is nothing Irish about it.
I say finally because honestly, I thought I’d never get done with the damn thing. I try to write at least a thousand words a day. For this book, I was lucky to write five hundred, and that often was rewriting chapters that had already been written. It wasn’t that I had writer’s block – I knew what I wanted to write – I just couldn’t seem to get around to writing it.
I read in other authors’ blogs that they write an entire first draft before going back for the rewrites and edits. I don’t do that. When I first started writing short stories many years ago, every time I sat down to work on a story I would reread everything that went before. One reason was to keep the narrator’s voice consistent. Since these were short stories, usually under 10K words, that didn’t take a great deal of time. Doing that with a novel slows down writing the first draft a lot. I’ll use that as an excuse for being a chronic procrastinator.
But now it’s done. The book is titled The Woman in the Window. It’s an age gap romance between a corporate executive, Zelda Gilroy, and a graduate student, Val Givens, whom she is supposed to mentor. There’s some sex, not too graphic; some heartbreak, not too permanent; and a happily ever after.
The book is available on Amazon now for $3.99, or can be read on Kindle Unlimited.
A final question for my readers: Does anybody know who the original Zelda Gilroy was, and why using that name for a lesfic character is particularly apropos?