One WIP! Two WIP’s! Three WIP’s a NOVEL!
Firstly, I’d like to thank Morgan and everyone over at Open Skye Book Reviews for allowing me to stop in today. I truly appreciate the support.
So…I’m supposed to be here to bring a little attention to my latest release “From a Jack to a King” but the blurb and excerpt will pretty much give you an overview of the novel, and I’ve done four blog spots so far with five or six more to come so instead of repeating myself regarding about the book, I’d like to touch upon something that is a constant question, not just for me, but for most of my fellow authors when we’re on panels or at conventions. Drum Roll Please!
Our writing process! For some it’s a concrete procedure but for me personally it’s fluid and constantly changing. It mostly depends on where I am in professional and personal life, my frame of mind at the time and how well the subject of the novel fits in with what’s happening in my life.
For example, I normally start out with character profiles so I can keep the character’s voices and personalities straight in my head until I get to know them better. Then I outline the novel. I wish I had a proven formula like many authors do, but I find that every time I try to stick to a formula (insert “A” here and “B” there) it never works out for me. In fact, as I became more experienced, I started plotting only so far on my outlines, just as far as it takes for the character’s voices to be loud and clear. And then I usually allow them to drive the story. I mean…I can outline the story the way I see it in my head, but as the characters develop, he or she may or may not characteristically do or say something that was determined so early on in the process. See what I mean? In most cases the general plot stays the same, but the way the characters react to that plot changes many time during the process.
Now when a story is loud and clear in my head and won’t leave me alone, I’ve been known to sit down and breeze through the manuscript in no time at all. No outline and no character profiles, just me and the keyboard. This is when writing is the most fun for me. Three recent examples of that is “Losing Faith,” “Only Forever” and “Someone to Kiss.” Those books got a hold of me and wouldn’t let go. I literally had no peace until I wrote “The End” on each of them. Odd! Isn’t it? But so fun at the same time.
And to make matters more complex, I usually start two to three WIP’s (works in progress) until I sit comfortably on one manuscript and go all the way. I’m not sure why really, but the best I can come up with is as I mentioned earlier, it has to be a good fit for me at the time. Now to be clear, I usually ALWAYS go back and finish the other WIP’s and they go on to be published, but only when my head and space are ready for that particular topic. Consequently, right now I have four WIP’s and I have no idea which one I’m going to tackle next. Stay tuned!
So that’s my process. Not so exciting is it?
Okay, so I’ll leave you here and let you read an excerpt of “From a Jack to a King.” But before I let you go, I’d like to know if when you are reading a novel and a character does something so “out of character” for them, does it throw you out of the story? Does it seem like a shoe that’s too tight? If so, I would say that particular author plots out his or her stories from beginning to end. If you post, you’ll automatically be entered into a drawing for an e-book of “From a Jack to a King.”
Thanks for spending the time with me and I wish you and yours a wonderful and relaxed 4th of July weekend.
Now here’s your excerpt and lot of other stuff about where to find me and my books, especially “From a Jack to a King.”
New York Times best-selling mystery writer Bay Whitman leads the life of a celebrity—at least on the surface. In public he’s self-assured and in control. Women hang on his every word, while men envy his confidence and swagger. But in reality, Bay is a loner. He’s shy and introverted, and his life consists of sitting in a dimly lit room writing his famous Jack Robbins mystery novels. His one vice—gambling. Winning an escort in a poker game will change Bay’s life in ways he never imagined.
Matthew “King” Slater is one of the hottest tickets in gay porn. He spends his days in front of the camera and his nights as a highly paid escort to the rich and famous. Deep down, he craves romance and a real connection, but his past makes it hard to separate the needs of his body from those of his heart. For now, it’s easier to think of sex as just a job. But while doing a shoot in Vegas, King is hired for a tryst at a famous hotel and casino, and his handsome client might blur the line between work and play.
Bay’s visitor cleared his throat, which brought Bay back to reality somewhat. He couldn’t stop staring, but he attempted to speak. “How… can I help you?”
“Damn, you’re hot. Please tell me your name is Paul?”
Paul? “Ah. No. Sorry,” Bay said.
The man’s smile faded. “Shit.”
The stranger checked his cell phone, looked at the number on the door, and shook his head with a disgusted expression. “My apologies, man. Must have gotten stood up.”
Bay was about to close the door when it hit him. Paul. Paul Gilman. The escort. Oh shit!
“Wait!” he called out. “Did you have an appointment with Paul at midnight?”
The guy stopped and looked back quizzically. “As a matter of fact, I did. And if you’re not Paul… how did you know that?”
Bay nervously beckoned the guy back. “Because I won you in a poker game.”
One corner of the man’s mouth curled up into a little smile, and his eyes twinkled with mischief. He took a few steps back and resumed his position leaning against the wall. “Now did you? That’s funny. I didn’t realize I was transferrable.”
“Oh jeez.” Bay realized what he’d just said. “I’m so sorry, I’m talking about you like you’re a piece of meat or something.”
The guy laughed, and his entire face lit up. “Hell, I’m not offended. I’ve been referred to as a piece of meat on more than one occasion.”
Bay suddenly wished he was back in the safety of his New York apartment instead of standing in the hall of a Las Vegas hotel.
“So with whom do I have the pleasure of spending my next two hours? If I may ask?”
“Oh sorry. I’m Bay.” Bay stuck out his hand.
“Odd, but nice.”
“Thanks. It’s a family name,” Bay said. “Look, you don’t have to stay. The guy thought he had a winning hand, but I raised and he was out of money, so he offered you up to even the pot.”
Instead of accepting Bay’s hand, the guy folded his arms over his chest again, smiled, and looked Bay up and down. “And his loss is definitely my gain.”
Bay smiled weakly and warmth crawled up his face. “Yeah. No… I mean—” stammering a bit when he realized the man was actually flirting with him.
Bay withdrew his hand, and the man took a step toward him. “I’m King Slater.”
He was so close now, Bay could smell his spicy cologne. “Nice to meet you, King.” They locked eyes, and King seemed to be waiting for some sort of recognition. But his name didn’t ring a bell.
King appeared amused by Bay’s nervousness and discomfort. “I’ll show myself in,” he said, still smiling seductively at Bay.
Bay watched in amazement as King walked right past him.
Scotty Cade left Corporate America and twenty-five years of Marketing and Public Relations behind to buy an Inn & Restaurant on the island of Martha’s Vineyard with his partner of over twenty years. He started writing stories as soon as he could read, but just eight years ago for publication. With the Inn and restaurant now sold, you can find him in Greenville South Carolina where he and his husband are restoring a hundred-year-old house or in Charleston South Carolina on their boat simply hanging out. Being from the south and a lover of commitment and fidelity, all of his characters find their way to long healthy relationships, however long it takes them to get there. He believes that in the end, the boy should always get the boy.
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