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by Roni Loren
Being a writer is kind of a bizarre (but awesome) job. And so answering the question “What’s life like when working on a project?” can be a little tough. Mainly because I’m always working on a project. Once I decided I wanted to make this my career and not a hobby, I made the commitment to always being working on something. But there are different phases, so I thought I’d share a few:
The Idea Generation Phase: This is when I’m actively trying to come up with a new book. For this phase, I usually can’t use the computer. New, fragile ideas work better with pen and paper for me. So “working” for me during this period usually looks like me spacing out, wandering around the house, and taking long showers (for some reason, ideas always hit me in the shower.) My husband begins to expect me to answer most of his questions with, “Huh? Did you say something?”
The Drafting Phase: This is when I actually sit down at the computer to write the darn thing. This phase is usually fraught with very manic moments (“I love this story! This is going to be the best thing ever! I can’t type fast enough to get the ideas out.”) and very beat-my-head-against-the-keyboard moments (“This story sucks! I have no idea where I’m going. I may as well trash it and start over.”) Therefore, during drafting, things like housework, laundry, and every day chores go by the wayside as I get consumed by finishing the story. My dear, loving husband starts covertly doing laundry and such because a man can only wear dirty socks so much.
The Stuck Moment: I hit this spot with every single book. There is always a point where I just don’t know where I want to go. Something isn’t working and I can’t move forward. I really, really hate this phase, but apparently it’s part of my process. I start asking hubby to bring home wine for with dinner. :)
The Epiphany: At some point, I get the BIG FIX for whatever has gotten me stuck in the first place and the rest of the draft flows pretty smoothly. I’m a happy girl.
The Editing Phase: I love this part. Once the draft is done, my I’m-never-going-to-finish-this-book anxiety goes away and I can just enjoy working with the bones of what I’ve put together. I turn the book into my editor and the road to publication begins.
So basically the answer to what life is like is--it’s kind of crazy, lol. But I wouldn’t trade this job for any other. :) I feel lucky to get up every day and chase my dream.
So what kind of phases do you go through in your life? Does anyone else get brilliant ideas in the weirdest places or at the weirdest times?
Roni wrote her first romance novel at age fifteen when she discovered writing about boys was way easier than actually talking to them. Since then, her flirting skills haven’t improved, but she likes to think her storytelling ability has. Though she’ll forever be a New Orleans girl at heart, she now lives in Dallas with her husband and son. If she’s not working on her latest sexy story, you can find her reading, watching reality television, or indulging in her unhealthy addiction to rockstars, er, rock concerts. Yeah, that's it. Her debut novel, CRASH INTO YOU, will be published by Berkley Heat January 3, 2012.
Tumblr (where I post mancandy photos): http://roniloren.tumblr.com
Buy links for book: www.roniloren.com/books
Brynn LeBreck has dedicated herself to helping women in crisis, but she never imagined how personal her work would get, or where it would take her. Her younger sister is missing, suspected to be hiding from cops and criminals alike at a highly secretive BDSM retreat—a place where the elite escape to play out their most extreme sexual fantasies. To find her Brynn must go undercover as a sexual submissive. Unfortunately, The Ranch is invitation only. And the one Master who can get her in is from the darkest corner of Brynn’s past.
Brynn knows what attorney Reid Jamison is like once stripped of his conservative suit and tie. Years ago she left herself vulnerable only to have him crush her heart. Now she needs him again. Back on top. And he’s all too willing to engage. But as their primal desires and old wounds are exposed, the sexual games escalate—and so does the danger. Their hearts aren’t the only things at risk. Someone else is watching, playing by his own rules. And his game could be murder.
*CRASH INTO YOU is told in chapters alternating between the present and ten years earlier. This is from a “past” chapter.*
“That’s one of the things I like about you. You don’t seem to give a damn about who my family is, so I can just relax around you.”
She laughed. “Yeah, once I found out you couldn’t fire me, you lost all shot of me kissing your ass.”
He slipped a hand onto her hip and pulled her closer, their bodies almost touching. “So what’s your stance on kissing other things?”
Every muscle in her body strained to move forward, to close the sliver of distance between them, but she held still. “Probably not a good idea since we work together.”
He smiled and shook his head. “See, you’re always such a half-empty kind of girl. Working together means we’ll get paid to hang out with each other.”
“And everybody in the office will think I’m hanging out with you for the wrong reasons.”
He shrugged. “That’s why we don’t tell. It’s none of their business anyway.”
She chewed her lip. “I like you, Reid, but I don’t know . . . it’s just complicated. I’ve got a lot—”
He put a finger over her mouth, hushing her. “Stop overthinking things, Brynn. It doesn’t have to be so complex. I know you don’t bullshit, so I’m not going to either. Since the first day I met you, I haven’t stopped thinking about what it would be like to touch you.” He cupped her chin and ran his thumb over her lips. “To taste you. I leave the office every day fighting a hard-on because just hearing your voice sets me off.”
She swallowed hard, the blunt words and his finger on her lips throwing gasoline on the flickering flame of longing she’d been fighting since they’d left the office.
“So in about three seconds, I’m going to kiss you. If you don’t want that, you tell me to stop, and I’ll never try again.” He curled his hand around the back of her neck, his gaze tattooing her. “One . . . two . . .”
* One signed set of Romance Trading Cards for "Crash Into You" to a random commenter at every stop.
* A $25 Amazon GC to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour.
* A signed set of Romance Trading Cards for "Crash Into You" AND a basket of romance novels (approx. $50 value) to the host with the most comments (excluding the author's and their own) including: Switch by Megan Hart, Big Jack by J.D. Robb, Enemy Lover by Karin Harlow, Beyond the Night by Joss Ware, and The Fallen: Raziel by Kristina Douglas.
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