Favorite things about my job as a writers – top ten style
1. Working in my bathrobe and slippers
2. The commute
3. Making my own hours (and being able to take frequent breaks with no one the wiser)
4. Eavesdropping on people (for realistic dialog, of course!)
5. Going on adventures and spending time in places I love without leaving the house
6. Knowing my POV character’s thoughts and feelings, and it’s not weird
7. Making my characters say things I, as a polite person, would never say
8. Making nasty people from real life into fictional villains, then killing them.
9. Writing a happy ending, knowing I’m going to leave some reader with a smile.
10. Having fans who love and appreciate my work
11. Getting my next contract
Okay, technically, that’s 11 things, but I love my job too much to choose only 10. And, speaking of # 11, I just scored a contract for 5 more books from my publisher, Sourcebooks!
I especially LOVE my latest release. Definitely in my top 10. It’s an erotic paranormal comedy that I wrote as a short story several years ago. It’s Mr. Amazing’s favorite. I actually heard him laughing out loud as he read it. When he finished it, he gave me his best compliment. He said, “It’s so dirty, I love it!” He usually just says, “The story is good, but it needs more sex.”
So how did I turn a short story into a short novel? I enlisted the help of my BWF (Best writer friend) and sometimes writing partner, Dalton Diaz.
Gods Gone Wild
Two Gods are in big trouble with Zeus. Gods will be gods and when these two taunt the wrong fire Goddess for their own entertainment, she erupts, literally, creating a whole new Hawaiian island. But Zeus is not amused and must teach them a lesson they won't forget. Who knew their punishment would lead to finding the loves of their lives?
Great Zeus! (Dalton Diaz)
Epimetheus knows he screwed up. Well, he knows it since Zeus pointed it out with a lightning bolt or two. He’s willing to take his punishment like a Titan, but all bets are off when his beloved dead wife Pandora shows up. Pandy has no memory of him. Epimetheus has no powers, and no forethought. What could possibly go wrong?
Oh My God (Ashlyn Chase) Rewritten and expanded version of a 2009 CAPA and Eppie Award nominee, same title
The Greek God of wine, women, and party, falls off a balcony during Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Now he has amnesia. All he knows is that they call him 'Big D', and he drinks too much and ought to give up alcohol for Lent.
Mandy and Brenda flashed Dionysus right before he fell. They're nice enough to take him to an AA meeting, and then back to their homes until he recovers his memory. Fortunately, they're not too nice to be naughty.
This book was republished by my own company Imagination Unlimited L.L.C. on 11/24. My wacky story will be in paperback for the first time (soon,) and it will cost only about the same as my mass market paperbacks! (Usually trade paperbacks are more expensive.) That makes me enormously happy.
Thank you so much Ash for blogging with us. We have so many great authors that work with us it is fun to know more about them this holiday season. I personally am thankful for my vet right now. She is my hero. My dog did an epic fail trying to jump to my couch. He is 13 pound Pomeranian. Well he dislocated his left knee. So the vet had to help us relocate it and give him some pain meds. He is really doing great now. But I am so thankful they could take him in right away. He is on the mend and his momma is so happy he is not in pain anymore.We want to know what are you reading? and what are you recommending? Answer below to win the prize for this blog.