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.
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.
AND NOW I HAVE TO TELL YOU ABOUT THE CONTEST!!! 12 BOOKS THIS MONTH!
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 http://beautifulboysbooks.blogspot.com. 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 http://www.taralain.com 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 http://taralain.blogspot.com 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:
Reach me here:
Author blog: http://taralain.blogspot.com
Book blog: http://beautifulboysbooks.blogspot.com
Savvy Authors: http://www.savvyauthors.com/vb/member.php?2398-Tara-Lain
Amazon Buy Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004QGYHU8
Fictionwise Buy Link: http://www.fictionwise.com/ebooks/b120993/?si=0