Authors After Dark 2013 Spotlight : My First Year as an Author by K.C. Wells ( #AADSAV)

Posted May 10, 2013 by Nix in Uncategorized / 0 Comments

I started writing in February 2012. I’m not going to go into what first pushed me to write, because it was a particularly low point. Let’s just say, I had to do something both positive and creative to break the cycle. Just over a year later, I have two books published, a third coming in out less than three weeks at the time of writing this, and a fourth out in the summer. Not to mention the novel that I submitted yesterday…

Wow. I didn’t see this coming. Sure, I’d had an idea for a story kicking around in my head for about a year, but that was nothing new. I’d been thinking about writing a novel since I was in my late teens. I once heard it said that everyone believes they have a book in them. It’s just that most of them never get around to writing it.

The one question I get asked by friends and family in the know – which is not a whole lot of people – is ‘why write M/M?’  They can’t get their heads around why a straight woman would want to write about guys falling in love, having sex….  I usually shrug. ‘Why not?’ Men who love men – what can I say? I love it. I read a ménage story which contained two bi guys, and their scenes were freakin’ hot. So I found more M/M/F, until eventually I read my first M/M novel – Bareback, by Chris Owen. Man, I was hooked. And so it began…

When I got thinking about the topic for this blog, the first thing that occurred to me was that I’ve learnt a lot this last year. So I thought I’d share some of it with you.

Nothing has come close to that feeling I got when I held my first book in my hands. I even took a photo of me holding it. But you know what? When I started to read it, I was shocked. My first thought was, ‘Did I write this?’ And the second?  ‘Bloody hell, I’ve improved since then.’ I look at the book which I submitted yesterday and then I compare it to Learning to Love: Michael & Sean… I’ve learned so much since then. But what, exactly?

Sean and Michael are best friends from the minute they meet and become roommates. But after supporting Sean in the wake of his brother’s death, Michael finds himself questioning his sexuality and thinking about his roommate in a totally unexpected light. After all, he and Sean are straight—or so he thought. Suddenly Michael’s not so sure any more. He turns to their gay housemate, Evan, for advice. Little does he know he’s not the only one seeking Evan’s help.

 Michael and Sean are both thrilled to explore their newly discovered feelings for each other, but not everyone shares their enthusiasm. When the reality of homophobia intrudes on their academic and personal lives and threatens their happiness, the adversity should draw them closer. Instead, it drives a dangerous wedge between them and puts their relationship, their futures, and their health at risk.

1.      Apparently, there is such a thing as too much sex. LOL. My first editor didn’t tell me that. I learned that the hard way, by reading reviews. When you find the same comment repeated, you get the message, Only problem was, by the time I got the message, I’d written four books…. So when my editor suggested cutting scenes from books two and three, I didn’t bat an eyelid. Bring on the axe….

My view of sex scenes has undergone a dramatic change. If it doesn’t move the story along, it’s not needed. I now find myself questioning my motives when I think about writing a sex scene. Is this necessary? And yeah, I think this is a good thing.

      2.      A Thesaurus is a truly wonderful invention. My second book needed a third round of edits, which was when I came into contact with Linda.  I was told by an author friend that I would either love her or hate her. When the manuscript arrived, words highlighted in different colors, I gasped. This was a truly different editing experience. And Linda quickly identified that yours truly has a list of fairly common words that I used way too much. Put it this way: before I even startedediting the third book, she made me go through the manuscript, doing a search for my trigger words. LOL. Whoever wrote the program SmartEdit is an absolute genius. (And no, I’m not telling what the words are – you’ll only start reading the books and laughing every time you spot one.)

So now I find myself about to write one of these pesky little words, and reach for the Thesaurus instead


      3.      A second pair of eyes – PRICELESS. No one read my first book before I submitted. Nor the second, Evan & Daniel. By the time I was writing the third, Josh & Chris, I finally found someone to cast an eye over bits of it. What was the thing I was most worried about? – Were the sex scenes believable / realistic / hot… My gay author friend reassured me on that score. (I’m blushing as I type this – I’m not gonna share with you exactly what he said, ’cause it still makes my cheeks hot.) What he didn’t do was tell me that one of the scenes should really be cut. I only found that out when another friend nervously messaged me to tell me. Okay, so it led to me rewriting the whole book, but it was worth it. I had four people reading the latest book before I submitted it. And it’s always amazing how they pick up on stuff I missed!

 Evan Wainwright’s good relationship karma is paying off. After helping his friends, Sean and Michael, discover their sexuality—and each other—Evan meets the love of his life. Their new housemate, Daniel Collier, is everything Evan could want in a boyfriend. Now if Evan can just work out why Daniel panics whenever Evan tries to get close.

 Daniel has finally met his soul mate. Evan is perfect for him—at least, he would be, if Daniel could find the courage to overcome his demons and leave the past behind. But his mental scars prove difficult to heal, and Daniel struggles with his heart, even though it tells him Evan is the one.

 Life in the student house goes on despite the usual interruptions: a wedding, a trial for a hate crime, a gay couple with exhibitionist tendencies. Through it all, Evan and Daniel remind themselves they are meant to be together. But until Daniel trusts Evan with the secret that’s tearing his family apart, “meant to be” is on hold.

      4.      Talking through before I write is NEVER a waste of time!  I like to have an idea of where I’m going with a story before I write. Usually just the bare bones of the plot. But the last book was different. I sat down and planned it out with a really close friend, who is also a writer. We let each other see what we’re writing all the time.  And planning the book with him was brilliant. The plot worked, it flowed seamlessly… Sure, new ideas came to me as I was writing, and were incorporated into the story, but I felt better about writing when I had a timeline to refer to.

      5.      Keep writing – and write down all your ideas! After I submitted An Unlocked Heart, book number four, at the end of November last year (Wow – did I really write four books in ten months? I may faint…) a lot happened, mostly editing. Sigh. First editing Evan & Daniel, then Josh & Chris…. Writing took a back seat. I’d started a standalone title back in September, but the call of BDSM proved too strong to ignore, and AUH took over. So once I’d finished and submitted AUH, I went back to the book.  Wrote another chapter. Left it – again. Started the sequel to AUH. This has been the longest time I’ve spent without submitting a book. It took a crisis to get me writing again – nothing like focusing on a book to keep your mind off your troubles. And now that I’m back in to the groove again, I can’t stop!

I keep a notebook where I jot down my ideas, and I’ve taken to keeping bits of paper on me for when inspiration strikes. Which it does, frequently, and in the oddest places…

When Chris Andrews gave evidence against the men who manipulated him into taking part in a homophobic assault, Josh Saunders was his rock, and his support gave Chris the courage to come out. Now that Chris finds himself sharing a house with Josh, he wonders where that strong, sexy guy has disappeared to. Chris wants him back—but he can’t wait forever.

Josh has been attracted to Chris from the get-go, and the more time they spend together, the stronger the pull grows. But he needs to make sure Chris feels the same attraction, and not just gratitude. Josh bides his time, waiting for the right moment… and misses his chance when Chris starts seeing someone else.

Somehow Josh has to convince Chris they are perfect together. But first, he needs to figure out who has been sending Chris malicious letters, threatening him over the phone, and writing hateful slogans across their front door—and persuade his own ex, who seems determined to win Josh back, to get lost. In fact, Josh’s life may depend on it.

 So what does the future hold for K.C. Wells?

Lots more books! The ideas keep coming…. and coming…

My friend and I are co-authoring a book. We’ve just finished mapping out the story and timeline, and we’ve already written about 15,000 words.  My fingers are itching to write more. I’m writing a series of novellas set on a small island off the south coast of England – just working on the first one now. And the way things are going, something’s gotta give – and it might just be the day job… We’ll see 😉

I love writing. There are so many things about it that fire me up. Getting to the end of the day and reading through what I’ve created. Waking up early when an idea won’t leave me alone and reaching for the laptop.  Having an idea suddenly pop into my head and scrabbling for a pen. Getting messages from readers to tell me they loved my books – still getting used to that one, but what a rush. Getting to talk with the many writers and readers that I’ve met along the way, who continually make me smile. I’ve made some truly amazing friends from this, and I am thankful for every one of them.

So if you’ll excuse me, there’s a cute hairdresser called Mark who is yelling at me to ‘finish my story, woman!’ Sigh… He’s just met his dream guy, so he’s a bit eager to find out what happens next – particularly the part about whether he gets Sam into his bed.

Coming, sweetie….

Coming Soon

Since the death of his submissive lover two years ago, Leo Hart hasn’t been living–merely existing. He focuses on making Collars & Cuffs, a BDSM club in Manchester’s gay village, successful. That changes the night he and his business partner have their weekly meeting at Severinos. Leo can’t keep his eyes off the new server. The shy man seems determined to avoid Leo’s gaze, but that’s like a red rag to a bull. Leo loves a challenge.

 Alex Daniels works at Severinos to scrape together the money to move out on his own. He struggles with coming out, but he’s drawn to Leo, the gorgeous guy with the icy-blue eyes who’s been eating in his area nearly every night.

 Leo won’t let Alex’s hesitance get in the way. He even keeps him away from the club so as not to scare him. And as for telling Alex that Leo is a Dom? Not a good idea. One date becomes two, but date two leads to Leo’s bedroom… and Alex discovers things about himself he never realized – and never wanted anyone to see.

 About the Author

Born and raised in the north-west of England, K.C.Wells always loved writing. Words were important. Full stop. However, when childhood gave way to adulthood, the writing ceased, as life got in the way.
K.C. discovered erotic fiction in 2009, where the purchase of a ménage storyline led to the startling discovery that reading about men in love was damn hot. In 2012, arriving at a really low point in life led to the desperate need to do something creative. An even bigger discovery waited in the wings – writing about men in love was even hotter…

The laptop still has no idea of what hit it… it only knows that it wants a rest, please.

m/m author    Dreamspinner Press

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