My Writing Process–Blog Hop

I’d like to thank Arla Dahl for inviting me to partake in this Blog Hop.
I just finished reading her self-published e-book entitled The Mark (Book 1 in her erotic novella trilogy, Immoral Virtue).
Arla’s wickedly creative mind combines erotica and the historic Salem witch trials in a truly unique way—you must check it out if you enjoy the spicy flavor of bold sensuality without boundaries. Visit Arla Dahl, where you can find out more deliciously decadent details about The Mark, and read about her writing process.

What am I working on?
I’m writing a collection of full-length sensual Christmas romances, which I call Sleeping With Santa Stories.
Take your favorite hottie and throw him in a stripped-down version of the Santa suit—low-slung red velvet pants with the plush jacket hung wide-open revealing six-pack abs between white-fur trim. Just a lusty, sexy Santa, sneaking into your bedroom on Christmas Eve. He’s got everything you want for Christmas, and more. But it’s not all about the sex. And he certainly sticks around on Christmas Morning—and well into the future—in these Happily-Ever-After stories.
Book-One is currently being shopped around, while Books-Two and Three are in the pre-writing stages.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?
The whole concept for this collection of stories is based upon the title “Sleeping With Santa”.
Some women are sleeping with the enemy.
Some are sleeping with a friend.
In my stories, the heroines are sleeping with Santa—sort of.
My heroes takes on the persona of Santa in their own way, incorporating the fantasy of giving the heroines everything she wants under the guise of Santa, that way, if the gift goes unwanted, Santa is to blame. But in my stories the ultimate gift is love, and Santa always comes out on top—literally—unless, of course, it’s her turn to be on top ; )

Why do I write what I do?
Clearly, I have a Santa fetish.
And I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus has always been a favorite Christmas song of mine.
But mostly I love the idea of making someone happy—the burning desire to fill a void, create a fantasy, make a wish come true.
My hero is thinking: What does she need to make her life complete?
Whatever it is, that is what my Santa-hero delivers. Santa is the ultimate gift-giver. As adults, although we may still believe in Santa and the magic of Christmas, the person you’re sleeping with is probably your own personal Santa Claus on Christmas morning.

How does my writing process work?
Keeping my SWS concept in mind, I imagine what would make for an unexpectedly interesting “cute-meet” and emotionally satisfying “happily-ever-after” ending.
When it comes time to plotting, I tend to follow John Truby’s steps in his book, the Anatomy of Story.
I try not to reread what I recently wrote during the writing phase, because I wind up getting stuck in edit mode, but do I need to backtrack a little to get into the state of mind for the story.
When I’m writing, I can’t wait to have something to revise.
When I’m revising, I can’t wait to write something new.
And in between the nugget of an idea and The End is a whole lot of self-doubt, nail-biting, and neglected housework.
But once I’ve gotten a WIP to completion, it’s an amazing feeling to have a finished product.
(As finished as can be, despite the dreaded typos that I can never fully weed out. There are probably typos in this blog that I missed—but I’m learning to deal with the fact that no matter how hard I try, there will always be typos in my world.)
: D
Thanks so much for visiting my blog!

Also posting their writing process this week are Debra Dale and Tuere Morton

Debora Dale is a New Yorker, born and bred, and uses her hometown’s diversity, excitement and seedy underbelly as fodder for her romantic suspense novels. She’s an avid baker who can’t own enough cake decorating supplies, an animal lover, former homeschooling mom and an adoptive parent to six cats she helped rescue from her city’s streets. The hero and heroine from her current work-in-progress have waited patiently for her return as she worked on other projects and she is now eager to present them with their very own happily-ever-after.

Tuere Morton writes young adult fiction by night and is a health professional by day, earning an MS from the University of Stony Brook. When she isn’t voraciously reading, the Long Island native’s fearless children and lovable German Shepherd serve as inspirations for her stories. She hopes you’ll enjoy the first book in her series, ICON.

Next week, check out Stephanie Kepke who’s taking part in this blog hop on Monday, June 9th.

Stephanie Kepke is an award winning writer and blogger. Her first novel, Goddess of Suburbia mixes romance, humor and heart with a sexy twist.



6 thoughts on “My Writing Process–Blog Hop

    1. LOL. Stephanie, you a much better blogger than I can ever dream of being. First of all, I can’t figure out how to take off this feature that requires me to approve comments. Not sure how I initially set it up to do it, and now I can’t figure out how to get it off. If you know how, please fill me in.
      And whatever writing process you used for GOS — repeat — or as they say in hockey *i think* threepeat — because I love your story…love your voice…love the way you can mingle past and present events so seamlessly. It’s like listening to a long winding story on a fun and frantic road trip. I can’t wait to see it on the bookstore shelf…or better yet *not* see it on every book store shelf because they’re all sold out of it : )


    1. hi tuere, you’re welcome!

      i wish i could take a snapshot of the santa in my brain : )

      for my sws story, it’s joe manganiello as the muse, but for a quick and dirty example of my santa-man, it might be along the lines of joe dressed in the fashion of actor ryan phillipe in this link.


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