The Voices in Stormy Glenn’s Head

When I hear voices in my head it’s usually because I did something stupid or finally thought of a witty addition long after the original conversation ended. But for a select few, those voices are transformed into something productive, and good, and entertaining for a lot of people.

Here is Stormy Glenn to talk about how she deals with the voices.

The Voices in My Head

I recently attended The Romance Convention hosted by Siren Publishing in Dallas, Texas. My publisher asked me to be part of a panel of authors for “How to Write Prolifically and Retain Your Sanity”…I almost hit the floor laughing.

What makes anyone think I’m sane? I hear voices in my head. Seriously, I hear voices…if I wasn’t a writer, I’d be certifiable. I just know it. The guys with the white hug me coats are just a story line away. But at least I know I’m nuts.

And isn’t that the first step? Acknowledging it?

I’ve come to learn that not many people understand the craziness that occurs in my head…unless you’re another author. I try to explain it to other people and they just back away in fear. I talk with another author about it, and they so totally get it…we start talking about how loud the voices get when a character wants his/her story written, overriding everything else.

I have a work in progress list as long as my arm. What is listed on my website is about half of what I am actually working on at any given time. The list on my laptop is astronomical. And that doesn’t even include the story ideas. I have one list of story ideas (notes, words, thoughts, things I transferred off of napkins or my arm) that was at #76 at last count.

The good news is that it means I’ll be doing this for awhile. There doesn’t seem to be an end to the things that catch my interest. I’m weird that way. I once had an entire book come out of a cookie sheet incident.

The bad news…I can never concentrate on one story at a time. If I’m working on a story, and it might be going very well, but then another voice starts to get louder in my head…I have to stop working on the story I’m working on, and start the one that is louder. Sometimes, I just need to get the beginning scene written down or create the characters and get them down on paper along with the basic story idea outline. Other times, I end up writing the entire story all of the way through from beginning to end.

But it quiets the voices… until the next time.

Stormy Glenn author pages can be found: WEBSITE | SIREN PUBLISHING | FACEBOOK | GOODREADS

Stormy is offering an e-book from her backlist. To enter, comment below about how loud the voices in your head are and what they tell you.

Open until Sunday, September 2nd at 11:59 pm (PST). Winner will be selected and notified on Monday.

Anne Tenino’s Love, Hypothetically Blog Tour Spectacular!

Even Jerks Fall in Love

Hello and welcome to the Love, Hypothetically Blog Tour Spectacular! *confetti*

From August 27th through the 31st, I’ll be visiting blogs and posting tidbits about my new release, Love, Hypothetically—the second volume in the Theta Alpha Gamma series, begun with Frat Boy and Toppy. To see a schedule of the tour, check out my website.

Over the course of the tour, I’ll be asking readers of Love, Hypothetically questions about the new book, and whoever EMAILS all the correct answers to me at anneATanneteninoDOTcom will be entered into a drawing for the Blog Tour Prize—the PICNIC PRIZE PACK: a picnic tote, two “unbreakable” champagne glasses, and an autographed copy of Frat Boy and Toppy. This unusual prize honors Trevor from Love, Hypothetically, who makes a picnic lunch for Paul in an effort to woo him. Similarly, I am wooing you, my lurvely readers.

All righty, I suppose it’s time to begin the party, hmm? Let the Love, Hypothetically Blog Tour Spectacular! *confetti* begin!

In Frat Boy and Toppy, Paul is a complete asshat. In Love, Hypothetically, Paul is somewhat redeemed and likable.

When I initially developed the character for the first book in the TAG series, I never intend for Paul to be likable. FB&T required someone to be a jerk, and Paul seemed like a good choice—he was a secondary character and proximal to Sebastian. I figured after FB&T, he would either go away forever, or feature as the obligatory villain-esque character in future books in the Theta Alpha Gamma (TAG) series. Back then, it didn’t cross my mind that I might write a story for Paul.

Then people started asking for his story. Seriously? Paul? I will admit to being mildly horrified. But even Jambrea Jo Jones said, “I kinda want Paul” to get a story.

But, I sputter-thought to myself, the dude’s not even likeable! Then my extended family came to visit, and I was reminded of one incontrovertible truth: being likeable isn’t a requirement for finding someone to love you. There are serial killers out there who were married, after all, some of whom got married in prison after being convicted. I’m not going to talk about the special brand of crazy that leads to finding a convicted murderer (or some of my relatives) good husband material. Paul isn’t that severe an ass, so suddenly making him a character people wanted to see fall in love didn’t seem that hard.

Still, it was important to me that Paul didn’t suddenly become loveable and sweet—that would be unbelievable, for one thing, but more importantly, I find him amusing as a jerk. He’s fun to write as an ass, largely because he knows he’s one. Instead, I went for the sympathy factor—I explained how he became a jerk, and why it was possibly forgivable for him to have done some of the things that he did.

If you’ve read Love, Hypothetically, you know that—like much teenage social trauma—Paul’s jerkiness came about through a locker room sex incident in high school. If you haven’t read it, hopefully that will pique your interest. If you find yourself wondering, “Huh. How bad was this locker room incident? Was it really enough to make a man a jock-and-frat-boy-hating-geek even ten years later?” my advice to you is to read the book. 😉

If you have read the book, and you’re gunning for the Picnic Prize Pack, here’s the second of three questions you will need to answer in an email to me (address in the intro) in order to get in on the drawing: What’s the name of the guy Trevor lived with when he was playing Major League Baseball?

NOTE: The Picnic Prize Pack winner will be announced Tuesday, September 3, and readers have until midnight (PDT, GMT -7) September 2nd to email all the correct answers to me. I encourage participants to email all the answers in one email, since that makes it less likely I’ll overlook an answer and think someone didn’t get them all in. You can, of course, choose to send an individual email with each answer, but then you’re at the mercy of my wandering attention and potential to make mistakes. Actually, you’re at the mercy of them, anyway. Huh. Well, I promise to do my best…

This contest and prize are open to readers from any country. If you live outside the US and you don’t want to take chances with shipping a package to wherever you are, we can talk about other options should you win (like copies of the rest of the series? IDK, we’ll chat).

Good luck, everyone! Now let the games begin!
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Love, Hypothetically Blurb—

Paul’s been called many things—graduate student, humanities tutor, jock-hater, even broke—but “forgiving” isn’t one of them. When the new women’s softball coach at Calapooya College specifically requests Paul to tutor his athletes, Paul’s forced to put aside his strict “no athletes” policy for the sake of his paycheck.

Enter Trevor Gardiner, former Major League Baseball player and Paul’s high school boyfriend. Yeah, that one—the guy who sacrificed Paul for the safety of his closet and his future career. But Trevor’s come out and retired from baseball, and now he’s looking for forgiveness and a second chance.

There’s no earthly reason Paul should give him one, but he keeps letting the man state his case. And touch him. And take him sailing. The waters are far from smooth, though, and Paul says awful things to Trevor he isn’t sure he means. Now Paul has to decide: apologize and forgive Trevor for everything, or chalk it up as revenge and move on.

Buy Link http://www.riptidepublishing.com/titles/love-hypothetically

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About Anne—

Raised on a steady media diet of Monty Python, classical music and the visual arts, Anne Tenino rocked the mental health world when she was the first patient diagnosed with Compulsive Romantic Disorder. Since that day, Anne has taken on conquering the M/M world through therapeutic writing. Finding out who those guys having sex in her head are and what to do with them has been extremely liberating.

Anne’s husband finds it liberating as well, although in a somewhat different way. Her two daughters are mildly confused by Anne’s need to twist Ken dolls into odd positions. They were raised to be open-minded children, however, and other than occasionally stealing Ken1’s strap-on, they let Mom do her thing without interference.

When not writing, Anne lies on the couch, eats bonbons and shirks housework.

Check out what Anne’s up to now by visiting her website, the Chicks & Dicks Blog, follow her on Twitter or friend her on Facebook or Goodreads.

Daniel A Kaine’s real life Mik and Ash

When you think about post-apocalyptic books about vampires and conspiring humans, I believe few would guess a connection with two small pets that look like small rabbits and are commonly called brush-tailed rats. But there are links all around us and you’ll never know what you can come up with unless you let your mind wander.

Here is Daniel Kaine to talk about what aspects of his two little friends mirror some really fantastic characters.

If you’ve been following me on Facebook and Twitter, then you’ll probably be aware that I have two adorable degus named Mik and Ash, after the two main characters in my Daeva series. But their names aren’t the only thing they have in common with my characters, because they also have similar personalities. Today I’m going to introduce you to the two of them.

First up is Mik, the main character from the first Daeva book, ‘Dawn of Darkness’. When the reader first meets Mik, he’s not much of a people person. He’s snarky, untrusting, and prefers to spend his time alone. Mik is fiercely determined and isn’t one to give up easily. After having spent the year at the Rachat Military Academy, he has formed a close friendship with his roommate Ash, and throughout the book we get to see Mik begin to open up, allowing himself to trust others.

And degu Mik is really no different. When I first got him he was scared stiff to the point where he refused to move if I was in the room, even if I was at the other end. If I put my hand in the cage to put some food in the bowl, he would bolt to the back corner. In short, he didn’t trust me one little bit. He loves his brother, Ash, and likes to snuggle up to him at night, although he still has moments where Ash gets a bit much for him and he wants to spend time alone. Slowly, Mik has learned to trust me. He hates being picked up, but will happily eat from my hand.

In the second book, ‘Origin of Darkness’, we get to learn more about Ash. He’s a lot more outgoing than Mik and likes spending time with others. Ash is bisexual, and has a bit of a reputation for sleeping around with the other cadets at the academy. To others Ash appears to be carefree and fun-loving, though in both books, particularly the second, we learn that he’s hiding a couple of dark secrets he’d rather no-one found out about.

Degu Ash is definitely an extrovert. He’s a very dominant personality and also extremely intelligent—he’s outsmarted me a few times already. Ash is always curious and nosy, and will always come to investigate anything that’s new. He loves human interaction, and can often be seen sat on the net at the top of the cage to say hello whenever I come home from work. He’s a bit cheeky though, and will use any opportunity to get onto the kitchen counter as he knows this is where the treats are kept. I’ve caught him several times now trying to steal peanuts.

So there we are, my two babies. I love them to bits and honestly couldn’t imagine living without them now. They’ll always make me laugh and smile with their antics. And if you haven’t seen them already, you can check out a couple of videos of them on my YouTube channel (http://www.youtube.com/user/DanielAKaine/videos) so feel free to drop by and watch the little rascals in action.

To those of you who have read, or are reading, the books, I hope you enjoy them. And if you’re going to New Mexico, I’ll see you there. I’m looking forward to it. Oh, and here’s a cheeky picture of some man loving for you all. I know you’ll appreciate it 🙂

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Daniel has added a print book to our GRL Reading Challenge Grand Prize. Remember to post your list for your chance to enter.

Jamie Fessenden Writes the Furture

In the world of entertainment and fiction, we’ve all probably read a book, regardless of topic, that was just a bit too “preachy” for our taste. Because, after all, if we didn’t already have an opinion on the matter, we probably wouldn’t be reading it. But to keep it substantial, realistic, and interesting there needs to be conflict and obstacles to overcome. And while we think we have a handle on a situation in real life doesn’t mean we actual “know.” So there has to be a balance.

Here is Jamie Fessenden to talk about straddling the line and finding the balance between preaching to the choir and inspiring the audience.

Writing the Future

As someone who came out at a time when homosexuality was still listed as a “mental illness” in the DSM-III and the gay men’s group meetings in my small town moved from house to house to keep them secret, signaled by a pink balloon on the mailbox, I cannot avoid thinking of my writing now as a means of forging a better tomorrow for the gay community.

Whenever I write a happy, romantic ending for the characters in my latest novel, part of me hopes that readers who had been unable to envision this kind of joy for themselves before picking up the novel can now see it clearly.

I’m not alone in this, of course. I see the same sentiment expressed time and time again by other authors of M/M literature. This doesn’t mean that we’re all filled with a sense of epic self-importance. Not everything we write is meant to change lives or alter the foundations of our society. Mostly we write to entertain. Certainly, nobody would ever accuse me of saying anything Epic and Important in my silly comedy about college boy sexual experimentation, We’re Both Straight, Right?

But everything authors of M/M literature write — sexually explicit or not, humorous or full of dramatic angst, realistic or paranormal or science fiction — contributes in its own small way to building a world where “gay” or “bi” or “trans” are simply expressions of ourselves, rather than perceived mental illnesses. And by drips and drops, great channels can be carved.

When we do occasionally get the urge to write an Important Book with a Message (and it can happen to the best of us), I would caution my fellow writers that trying to infuse a novel with a message is often the worst way of getting the message across. If a book fails to entertain with interesting characters and well-written prose and dialog, a reader will put it down or (worse!) groan and roll his or her eyes whenever the “moral” of the story becomes too obvious. And then of course the message reaches no one. It’s best to write a good story with interesting characters and let readers draw their own conclusions about what the novel “means.”

Having said that, I confess that my next release is what one might call a “message” novel: an exploration of how the suicide of a gay teenager affects his small town community, in which his father is the pastor of a fundamentalist church. This situation could easily become a cliché, but I didn’t want to over-simplify the situation. Instead, I wanted to create in the boy’s father a man who is simultaneously pig-headed and extremely intelligent, preaching hatred yet a pacifist, an asshole but someone whose suffering makes us sympathize with him. I’ll leave it to the reader to decide whether I’ve succeeded in this.

By That Sin Fell the Angels will be available this Wednesday, August 29th, at Itineris Press (an imprint of Dreamspinner Press).

Itineris Press, the best in quality GLBT faith-based fiction, is proud to offer By That Sin Fell the Angels by Jamie Fessenden.

It begins with a 3:00 a.m. telephone call. On one end is Terry Bachelder, a closeted teacher. On the other, the suicidal teenage son of the local preacher. When Terry fails to prevent disaster, grief rips the small town of Crystal Falls apart.

At the epicenter of the tragedy, seventeen-year-old Jonah Riverside tries to make sense of it all. Finding Daniel’s body leaves him struggling to balance his sexual identity with his faith, while his church, led by the Reverend Isaac Thompson, mounts a crusade to destroy Terry, whom Isaac believes corrupted his son and caused the boy to take his own life.

Having quietly crushed on his teacher for years, Jonah is determined to clear Terry’s name. That quest leads him to Eric Jacobs, Daniel’s true secret lover, and to get involved in Eric’s plan to shake up their small-minded town. Meanwhile, Rev. Thompson struggles to make peace between his religious convictions and the revelation of his son’s homosexuality. If he can’t, he leaves the door open for the devil—and for a second tragedy to follow.

Jamie Fessenden can be found: WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | DREAMSPINNER