Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Getting Steamy With Velvet Haven
So, I've been busy writing the first draft of Velvet Haven (or VH as my my editor and I refer to it) and it's coming along well...finally. It was a bit of a trial to get Bran down. I wasn't sure about him and getting to know him was like pulling teeth. So, I sat down and did a stream of conscience writing. It's this exercise I do when I'm stuck trying to figure out what do with a character. It's a way to get to know him. Basically, I just write whatever the hell comes to mind. I become the character and just blurt out whatever he says or does.
So, I put my head down and started writing. He brought me to Annwyn, to a grove where he was doing a divination ritual. He was aroused by this vision he kept getting, and man, everything just fell into place. That bit of writing has now become the opening pages of VH.
Thankfully, I now have Bran. Interestingly, my heroines are usually the ones who give me a hard time. But Mairi, Bran's heroine has been an open book. Easy to get to know, easy to write and the perfect woman for Bran who is possessive. I Luuuuuuuv posessive males!
I envisioned Mairi looking a bit like Amy Lee from Evanescence.
I'm now at the point in the book where I know both characters well enough to write the sex. And let me tell you, their love scenes are really hot, and very emotional. There's a good connection between them. Lots of emotion and angst, too!
So, that's the update on Velvet Haven. It's coming along and once I get the okay from my editor, I'll sneak you a little bit of one of their steamy scenes, cause I know we got some hussies lurking around this place!
Have a good week. You'll find me back in Annwyn for the remainder of the week.