This week we asked author LM Brown to take some time out of her busy schedule and answer a few questions for us. She very kindly allowed us to share an excerpt from her new book: One Perfect Wish
1: How long does it take you to write a book?
It very much varies as to how long it takes me to write a book. Some of my stories are much longer than others, they range from short stories of 15k to novels of 80k. Since I have a day job where I type for a living I can actually write pretty fast when the words are flowing. My first mermen book which is one of my longer stories was written during National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) which means I wrote it (the first draft at least) in 30 days. A short story I can do a first draft in a weekend if I have no interruptions.
That being said, getting that first draft down is only the beginning. My second merman story was written this last April for Camp NaNoWriMo and I have spent the time since then doing revisions and polishing it up before I send it to my publisher. For a long story it can take me between six months and a year from the typing the first words to hitting the send button to submit it.
2: What does your writing process look like?
Until this year my writing process has very much been a simple case of opening up a Word document and writing. This year, however, that has changed. Although I have been participating in NaNoWriMo for several years I never bothered to pick up any of the prizes, most notably, the discount coupon for Scrivener. Last December I decided that since I had heard so much about it, I would at least give the free trial a shot. I am so glad I did!
My writing process is now much more organised. I got Scapple (from the same company who produces Scrivener) and now start off with rough notes on that. This way if a plot springs to mind that I don’t have time to write I can come back to it later. Then once the notes are in some sort of order I switch to Scrivener and put them together in order of scene. I also keep all my research notes in Scrivener, which can be anything from inspirational pictures to links to websites. I also use Scrivener to keep note of timelines and that sort of thing. Then, once I am all set up I start to write. I find this is so much more organised than I used to be and I don’t know how I managed without it. I know I sound like a walking advert for the program, but it really has been a lifesaver for me.
3: If you had a superpower, what would it be?
I would be torn between two actually, the ability to fly or the ability to shapeshift into an animal. Needless to say, if it was the latter I would want to be some sort of creature with wings. A bird would be great, a dragon even better.
4: Is this your first book? How many books have you written prior?
One Perfect Wish is not my first book, it is actually my sixteenth, including short stories and anthology stories. I had to actually go and do a recount of those since it really didn’t feel like that many. I still think of myself as a newbie to the industry, but with that many stories I am not sure I should.
Unfortunately, quite a few of my stories are out of print at the moment, but I am slowly finding them new homes.
5: What are you working on now? What is your next project?
Top of my list at the moment is polishing up the second book in the Mermen & Magic series. I finished writing it some time ago but with so much happening right now I have never quite got it to the stage where I am ready to send it to the publisher.
After that I am going to be trying to decide which plot bunny to work on next. I have several more male/male fairy stories in the works, more mermen books, a story about a brand new world where elves live, plus several potential sequels for other stories including, To See the Sky, My Boyfriend’s an Alien and maybe even a fourth Heavenly Sins book focusing on a new couple. It will very much depend on which one is speaking to me at the time.
6: Are you a plotter or a pantster?
I have always described myself as something in between the two since I generally plot out my stories and then find my characters have minds of their own and take me in a completely different direction. That being said, this year was my first year doing NaNoWriMo without having a full and detailed plot laid out before me. I am actually doing this interview during the second weekend of NaNoWriMo and for the first time in my experience I am struggling. I started with only the vaguest direction that I wanted the story to go in rather than a full plot and thought I would try the pantsing route this year. It fell apart very quickly. It is a lesson to me that I should always stick to my trusty plotting, even if the characters might sometimes disagree with the direction I want to take.
7: How did you choose the genre you write in?
The main genre I am probably known for writing is in paranormal, though I do have some contemporary stories out there and have an idea for an epic historical novel set during the English Civil War and Restoration that I would like to write. I would say that for most writers we write what we love, and I have always been a huge fan of the paranormal/fantasy genres. I have read hundreds, if not thousands of books in that genre and it was only natural that is the genre I ended up writing in too.
However, I tend to gravitate towards the more unusual paranormal sub-genres. I have avoided vampires and werewolves (at least so far) and have instead written angels and demons as well as mermen and djinn. Again, this is what I have loved to read both in the past and now.
8: Do you ever experience writer’s block? If so how do you get past it?
Normally I would have said that I don’t really get writer’s block. If one story is not speaking to me then another usually is. However, this weekend I have hit a real block for the first time. I suspect it is a case of having had so much on in recent months and finally getting to the end of a long run of edits.
I am hoping to get past it by taking a break from writing this weekend and then picking it up again later on with fresh eyes.
8: If you only had one word to describe yourself, what would it be and why?
Organised. I am dreadfully particular about how I organise things, whether it is my books on the shelves or my writing projects on the computer. I am the sort of person that notices if an ornament has been moved on a shelf and can instantly see if something is not in the place I left it. So yes, I would have to go with organised – bordering on obsessively so.
Excerpt from One Perfect Wish:
Apparently Cameron’s idea of wedded bliss was lots and lots of sex. When he had woken after their first round of shagging he had immediately lured Scott into the shower for round two.
Scott gazed up at Cameron from where he knelt on the tiled shower floor.
Cameron’s erection stood rigid as Scott leaned in to take him into his mouth. Cameron clutched at his hair, tugging the thick strands as Scott sucked at his length and played with his balls.
“So good,” Cameron praised. “Love it so much when you suck my dick. Oh yeah, right there, that’s it, oh god, oh god, Scott, I’m gonna come!”
Scott didn’t pull back. This was also a first for him, tasting another man’s essence. Always safe in the past, when he’d given someone head he had insisted his partners use rubbers. When Cameron spurted into his mouth, Scott drank down everything he gave him, savouring the bitter taste. He continued to lick at Cameron’s shaft, caressing the soft flesh with his tongue.
“Kiss me?” Cameron asked.
Scott stared up at him and slowly released the cock from his lips with one final long lick. He rose and pulled Cameron into his arms, leaning in to kiss him.
Thoughts about whether he was doing this right, of whether he was kissing Cameron how he was supposed to, raced through his mind. Still, Cameron didn’t seem to mind and kissed him back with unbridled enthusiasm.
Scott’s erection, which had returned long before Cameron had woken up, had reached the point of desperate again and when Cameron reached down to take him in hand Scott nearly wept with relief.
It only took a couple of strokes for Scott to come and when he did Cameron swallowed his cry of relief in another breathtaking kiss.
He collapsed into Cameron’s arms, his legs no longer able to support him. Luckily for Scott, Cameron appeared to be far steadier on his feet and he kept Scott from doing anything stupid like falling over and smashing his head on the tiles. Scott tried not to think about how he actually quite liked being held by a man who seemed to care about him. The last thing he should be doing is getting used to this sort of treatment. He reminded himself this would all be over at midnight.
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