Flirty Author Bitches

The Need for Speed

I am slow writer. Very slow. The last thing I submitted for publication was a 12,000 word erotic quickie. It took me five weeks to write. And that was really fast for me. I was proud of how quickly I got it out.

But I know that most people could write that in a day, maybe two, tops. I see on Twitter, Facebook, etc., people talking about pumping out 20k in week, doing one hour 1,000 word sprints, writing a complete novel in month. In the grand scene of writing, 12k is nothing.

I have to admit, I’m rather jealous. I really want to be able to sit down at my computer on any given day and crank out words. But I just can’t seem to do that. Not only am I pantser, which often means I have no real idea where my story is going, but I also tend to edit as I go. I can’t seem to bring myself to move forward when I have so many bad words already on the page. Not bad words exactly, but not the right words—run-on sentences, poorly constructed images, clichéd metaphors. I know all of these things are part of a first draft, but the knowledge they are sitting there in my Word document, stinking up my prose, just drives me insane. I can’t write more until I have fixed what I have already written.

And that makes me slow. Slow, slow, slow.

I want to be faster. I really do. I have so many ideas, so many things I want to write and work on, but there are never enough hours in the day of slow-ass writing life to get them done. How do I get over my anal-retentive ways and just write? Any advice?

What’s in a name?

aming characters is a challenge. Especially since I’ve written a lot of stories with a lot of characters! Male/Male is especially a challenge because I need two hero names instead of one. I tend to like short, strong names that begin with J, and I found myself one year writing three stories with men that had three similar names: Johan, John and Jack!

The other day I was talking to a writer friend who happens to be gay, and when I told him I named one of my upcoming characters, Mark, he said that I had to spell it with a ‘c’ – that being much more gay! Okay, he was kidding, right, but I changed the spelling anyway.

There are three go-to websites I use with regularity:

20,000 Names

Behind the Name

Popular Baby Names

It’s alway funs to find a meaning behind the name that might tell you something about the character. What I like about the SSA Baby Names site is that you can search by year. If I set my story during a certain time period then I can look up the names of when the characters were born. Other times I don’t bother with looking up meanings but I go with names that mean something to me. I have a book set in the late 1960′s and I named my heroine Rose. Not because that’s a popular name during that time (believe me, it wasnt’) but it was the name of grandmother, Nonna Rose, who was like a second mother to me and my sisters.

The names I’m using for my upcoming story – Marc and Graham. Now you tell me which one is the alpha male and Chief archetype and which one is the quiet Professor type. 🙂

Peace and Love!

Viki Lyn

Greetings from Down Under!

I’m writing this from Melbourne, Australia, where I’ve been for the past few weeks. We’re here for my husband’s work, so it’s not been a holiday as such, tho’ I’ve had a great time. I’ve never been away from the UK so long before, and it’s been awesome just to “live” in another part of the world, albeit in a country that doesn’t feel as far from home as it really is. It got me thinking—these kinds of experiences are important for a writer, so how can my traveling enrich my output?

Travel has always informed what I write. Usually, my stories are inspired by historical sites back in the UK, but I’m pretty damn sure I could write a story set in Melbourne now. But would I dare write it from the perspective of somebody who’s lived here all their life? Hmmm. Interesting question. My instincts say “no.” After all, all I have to do is open my mouth and my British accent betrays me as a tourist, let alone all that fumbling for the correct coins when I open my purse. On the other hand, I have no qualms writing stories set in the twelfth century, despite the fact I’ve never been there. I guess it comes back to the trouble I have with the, er, nineteenth century.  I’ve studied it a hell of a lot, to the extend I’m scared to write much about it. The more you know about a setting, the more you realize that you don’t know a bloody thing. I can make no claim to know what it would really be like to have lived all my life in Australia. However, experiences of any culture or place are diverse, and I can have an educated stab at it now, which I guess is what writers’ have to do. Research can only take you so far. After that, you just have to be brave!

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Catching Kit, my first contemporary m/m paranormal, is out now!

Blurb: When government agent and Ethereal Being hunter, Denny, has to imprison an elf in his garage overnight, his life spins out of control. Caught and cuffed on the London Underground, Kit shatters everything Denny’s been taught about elves. How can Kit be a dangerous, mind-reading cipher who preys on human emotions? Kit’s gorgeous and funny, he’s got a cute arse. He even shares Denny’s quiet kinks for bondage and cross-dressing. Or so Kit claims.

When Kit wiles his way into Denny’s house for a session of mind-blowing sex, the elf seems too good to be true–till reality strikes. Denny’s fucked an elf. A prisoner in his charge. If he doesn’t take Kit to the containment depot he’s in big trouble, and Kit’s about to drop an equally devastating bombshell.  The elf’s been searching a thousand years for a bloke like Denny. He ‘gets’ Denny’s kinks, adores role play and women’s panties, and now he needs Denny’s love to survive.

Is Kit preying on Denny’s emotions, or can Denny trust him? If so, dare Denny break the law and gamble his life to save the Ethereal Being in his bed?”

Amazon.com

Review from Night Owls Review – 4.5 STARS! TOP PICK!

“If you’re looking for something saucy with a little extra spice this novel is one to read. You’ve got all the excitement of a kinky sexual encounter between two easily pictured males and you have a great storyline in just under 100 pages. I loved it! The story just sped right through my mind and I couldn’t put it down.” – Kyuu Satsui, Night Owl Reviews. Read more.