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Monday, May 30, 2011


My Characters Yell at Me!

By Tara Lain

You know how really good book characters come alive for readers and you never want to let them go? You remember them forever and you can’t wait for their next story? Well, there’s a secret in the book writing adventure. Characters are even more alive to writers. In fact, they have a life of their own and sometimes –THEY YELL AT YOU!

Back a couple of years ago, I decided to write a novel. Funny, after a lifetime of writing non-fiction, to suddenly get bitten by the fiction bug, but I had discovered erotic romance and just couldn’t wait to write one. I thought up this story about an older woman and her younger science partner when, voila, this other man showed up. And he was a supermodel. And I thought, how the heck do these characters go together? But they all yelled at me, “yes, yes, this is our story, tell it”. I just listened and took dictation while they told me the story that became Genetic Attraction, a M/M/F ménage romance about two genetic scientists and their supermodel lover.

Whew. Got that story done. So with that put away, I started writing a science fantasy romance, but these voices kept YELLING in my head. Aren’t you going to tell our story? You can’t tell how the two guys get the girl unless you tell how those guys got each other! Okay, okay. So I started writing a M/M love story about how my young scientist who has the hots for his older woman boss meets this beautiful young supermodel who happens to be a GUY and falls in love with him. The result is called, of course, The Scientist and the Supermodel releasing May 31 from Loose Id.

But I was only half way through The Scientist and the Supermodel, when the characters started telling me that Jake’s younger brother, Caleb, who appears in the book ,needed a story of his own. Oooookay. So that book is now written and will no doubt be in your hands sometime this year, called Deceptive Attraction.

For many years, I wondered what ideas I could ever develop to create a novel. The truth is that once you turn on the spigot of your imagination, it rules you. I studied drama in college and one of my favorite plays was called Six Characters in Search of an Author because I loved the idea of these characters wandering around trying to find a playwright and group of actors to resolve their unfinished story. I now know that this was not an exaggeration. There are pieces of stories crammed in my head and once they yell loud enough, no doubt I’ll have to tell them.


Here’s the first simple step:

Comment on this blog and leave your email address. I will copy it and enter it in the drawing for the 2 books being given away during these five days. One copy of The Scientist and the Supermodel and one copy of Genetic Attraction. You’ll be notified by email if you win. Comment and email, simple.

Here’s MORE CHANCES TO WIN! (more complicated so read closely LOL)

• Go to my Book blog Leave a comment and follow the blog (if you already do follow, it counts). You will be entered in EVERY drawing until the end of the June. Two books will be given away every five days and you’ll be entered in all those drawings.

• Go to my website and figure out the name of the hero of my new book, Volley Balls, coming out July 1 (another contest is coming for that book). Post his name in your comment on the Book Blog Beautiful Boys Books (see above) and you’ll get two entries every week. (You can also comment a second time on the blog with the character name if you prefer)

• Go to every blog on my blog tour and leave a comment and you will be entered again during the five days in which the post is made.

• The entire blog tour is listed on my website and updates will be posted regularly so check it out. There will also be Yahoo Group chats where I will be giving away other books so watch for those!

Whew!! Remember, you can take each one of these steps and have a bunch of chances to WIN! (You just have to enter, the logistics are my nightmare! LOL) Got it? Go enter!

Here’s a little about me:

Tara Lain never met a beautiful boy she didn’t love – at least on paper. A writer of erotic romance, mostly ménage and male/male, Tara loves all her characters, but especially her handsome heroes. A lifelong writer of serious non-fiction, Tara only fell in love with EROM in 2009 and, through perseverance and lots of workshops, had the first novel she ever wrote accepted for publication in 2010. She’s now on book seven. After an exotic life of travel all over the world and work in television, education and advertising, Tara settled in Southern California with her soul-mate husband and opened her own small marketing business. She paints, collages, and started practicing yoga “way before it was fashionable”. Passionate about diversity, justice, inclusion and new ideas, she says on her tombstone it will read, “Yes”.

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Sherry said...

I haven't ever read any of your books but they sound really good. I look forward to reading them.

Tara Lain said...

Thank you, Sherry. I appreciate you visiting the blog. You are entered in this week's contest. Go over to my book blog at Beautiful Boys Books and post a comment to be entered in all the drawings this month. I hope you enjoy the books! : )

Anonymous said...

Oh yes, characters yell very loudly indeed... And they don't care whether you are already working on a story or not either (well, mine don't!).
But then, if they didn't yell that loudly, I probably wouldn't pay attention!

Tara Lain said...

Thanks for visiting Marie. Yep, the yell very loud at night! : )

Pia Veleno said...

I know exactly what you mean Tara. I've even tried to fight it, but the characters won't let you.

Congrats on your new releases! Not that I haven't said it before, but I'll say it again for the other readers of the blog. I loved Genetic Attraction, and I'm eager to see how the scientist and the supermodel hooked up in the first place.

Tara Lain said...

Thank you, Pia. So glad you came by today! : )

She said...

I love reading series. I come to know the characters and want to know what happens to them. This series sounds great. Just keep listening to those voices.

Jean P said...

The books sound like really great stories, congrats on the release!

skpetal at hotmail dot com

Tara Lain said...

Thank you Jean and She -- So happy tomorrow is almost here! The next book in this series, Deceptive Attraction, will likely be out in November. But a couple other good ones not in the series before then. You both get extra entries for coming by. : )

Cathy M said...

Great post, Tara. I hope everyone gets a chance to read Genetic Attraction.

caity_mack at yahoo dot com

JoAnna said...

I wish I could hear the voices in your head. I love your characters, thanks for sharing them with us.

beckerjo at verizon dot net

Tara Lain said...

Thank you Cathy and Jo -- appreciate you coming over and commenting. : )

booklover0226 said...

Hi, Tara.

I can't wait to read The Scientist and the Supermodel and Genetic Attraction; both sound amazing.

Tracey D
booklover0226 at gmail dot com

Tara Lain said...

Thank you Tracey! So glad you came by. : )

Kim S. said...


thewildtwo [@] sbcglobal {DOT} net

Tara Lain said...

Hi my stalker! So glad to see you. thank you for coming by. : )

Di said...

Still trying to stay cool as I follow you around these blogs! Hope your characters yelling don't keep you up to much at night, you need our rest to keep writing.

sallans d at yahoo dot com