I’ve been publishing for several years now writing for years (hard to believe my first shorts came out in 2012), and writing for a lot longer than that. I can no longer say that I’m new to this whole “writing” thing. I have more of a process now. I have fans. I pay taxes on royalties. I work with beta readers and send out ARCs and write this blog, and do all the other mechanisms that go along with publishing books that have nothing to do with the books themselves. I even set up a sister site with some other authors, hotwifebooks.com, and (marginally) run that. But my motivation to write, to create, is largely the same as it always has been. I do this for myself first and foremost, crafting stories that I enjoy, and then packaging them to share with you.
I’m not as prolific as some authors, nor as prolific as I wish I could be. I make time in my busy schedule to get these stories out—not to rake in the royalties, but just to get the stories out of my head and onto paper. I’ve got a full-time job (that I love), a family (that I love even more) and yes, I have other hobbies that take up my time. I do, occasionally, watch television. I own an Xbox. But I enjoy creating things, and having this outlet to explore these fantasies. Added bonus, I get to explore them with you guys.
This was going to be a post on process: how do I write, where do the ideas come from, blah blah. Maybe I’ll write that one day, if you guys and gals are interested. But the one point I want to keep from that post is that when I sit down to write a story, I have a rough concept in mind, usually a premise, and a few characters. I typically know the subgenre that I want to write in (and lets be honest, it usually involves some form of misbehaving wife or couple). And then I go. I let my imagination take me where it does. I try to be thoughtful to where my characters want to go and let them do what they want to do, and I always help guide them back to a happier resolution, but that’s it.
So even after all these years, I hope you guys know that I’m still the same author I was back in 2012, only more mature (hopefully) with more refined prose. I still have the thirst to explore my own fantasies, and still love sharing them with you all.