I've heard from countless people who've toyed with the idea of writing a book but is it as easy as you think? Like everything, there are pros and cons along the road to publication.
Sometimes, the life of a romance writer can feel like being a Dr Frankenstein of love. We can create our vision of the perfect man, or woman. Mwah ha ha. Physically, my go-to guy is usually a Joe Manganiello/ Jason Momoa mash up, with a dash of Johnny Depp thrown in for good measure. Hey, it's my world and I like to make it look pretty.
The best part of writing is the research that goes into building character profiles. I can get away with ogling pictures of half-naked men under the guise of looking for 'inspiration'. It's fun to throw in a touch of the exotic too. Take Edifu, for example, my Ancient Egyptian warrior. Yum! Well, romance is all about fantasy, isn't it?
Exploring our imagination is also a wonderful way to escape the humdrum of everyday life. In Pyramid of Passion, I really immersed myself in the history of the era, and ignored the dust bunnies blowing across the floor here in the twenty-first century. I mightn't be able to travel back in time and experience the culture for myself, that didn't mean I couldn't make it happen for my heroine, Rosie.
Cue hours spent surfing the web so I could bring Edifu's world to life for my dazed and confused cleaning lady. Kind-hearted gal that I am, I transported Rosie from her menial job at the museum to the opulence of an Egyptian villa, via a mystical necklace. And what's an adventure without some hot sex to keep things interesting?
One of the latest perks I've found that comes with being an author of erotic romance, is the social aspect. I've suddenly become a much wanted dinner guest. Far from the quiet girl in the corner, I now find myself the centre of attention with husbands and wives alike. With one subject solely on their minds. Those love scenes.
As soon as people find out about the erotic nature of my work, no question is apparently off limits. Do you write those scenes from experience? Does your husband help you with the 'research'? Thankfully, my husband and I can laugh off all the nudging and winking. It certainly hasn't done his reputation any harm. Be prepared for the attention if you venture down this particular path.
Naturally, I've encountered many pitfalls and disappointments on my journey. You need to develop a thick skin to deal with those first rejections. And make sure you've found a reputable publisher or you could find yourself in for a lot of heartache. That said, there's nothing like that feeling of getting an acceptance, or signing a contract, or seeing your cover art for the first time.
So, my advice if you think you can write? Do it. Just be realistic about your expectations. It's a lot of time and hard work, and unfortunately most of us don't earn J.K Rowling's royalties. But, nothing ventured…
Pyramid of Passion is available now at Totally Bound
Rosie Carter can’t decide—should she act on her feelings for her real-life co-worker or lose herself in the fantasy of her Ancient Egyptian lover?
Rosie Carter’s cleaning job at the museum is far from boring. She starts her night shift by finding the security guard, Nick, screwing a redhead in the office. Running from her attraction to him, she distracts herself with the newly acquired Ancient Egyptian exhibit.
The Gold of Valor catches her eye—a pendant bestowed on the Pharaoh’s soldier, Edifu. Its mystical powers transport her into the bedroom of the man himself, who thinks she’s a gift from the gods and worships her with his mouth, his tongue…
When Rosie wakes up back home she thinks it’s all been an incredibly erotic dream. Until it happens again. She rediscovers the joy of sex and a newfound confidence with her hunky warrior, but she’s caught between her fantasy life and reality. When co-worker Nick starts to show his true feelings toward her, Rosie has to decide what it is she really wants.