Inspiration, perspiration, caffeine, snacks, and waiting.

Now you all get a peek inside my brain, which I have several times described to friends as having much in common with a flea on speed– jumping around all over the place with way too much going on all at once.

What do I do?

Random person: So, what do you do for a living?

Me: I’m a writer.

Random person: Oh, really? What do you write?

Me: Uh… I write erotic romance, mostly about gay men.


I cannot tell you how true this meme is! I think the funniest memes are ones that you find true and relevant because you either know someone it is perfect for, or it is highly appropriate for yourself and your own life. This one is me. This one is soooooo me!

How long does it take me to write a book?

I don’t really have an answer for that one. I mean, a phrase my grandfather used to say comes to mind– how long is a piece of string?

I do not write to a formula. I don’t have a plan set down that says all my books must be *this* long and must have things happen in *this* order or by *this* page number. As a result, it takes varying lengths of time for the first draft of each book to be written. Then I work on something else for a bit, then go back and do a second draft, then something else (maybe another first draft, maybe editing something else), and so on. There are many stages to a book being written. It is not that I start at the first page, write through to the end, type “the end” and send it off to the publisher. It is not that simple.

I am sure there might be writers out there who write in that way, and good for them if they can do it, but for the rest of us there are a lot more steps.

The only way I would be able to answer this question is to get a load of stopwatches and start the relevant one running every time I do any work on a particular book. I am just not organised enough for that I am afraid!

How does my day go?

What do I do all day? I guess that depends on my current level of inspiration. If the story is flowing then I can write and write and write, stopping only to top up my caffeine levels or grab a snack.

If things are not flowing quite so well at the time then comes the perspiration bit and I will either be working on edits, second/third/fourth drafts before sending off to a publisher, my character database (so I can keep everyone straight, and not double up on names, and remember what side characters look like), and other stuff.

There is a lot of tea– Earl Grey, please– and diet cola. There is also a lot of pizza and pasta when I am editing because they are easy and quick. If the weather is nice I take my laptop out into the garden, if it is not then I will either write in my study, bedroom, dining room, or round the corner in my local pub (they have a nice covered outdoor deck for when it is raining).

What am I working on right now?

Several things actually. Remember that “flea on speed” analogy? Well… yes.

I have just submitted my third book to my publisher. I am working on the third draft of the fourth book in the same series, the first draft of book 5, and the first draft of an unrelated book which will be the first in a trilogy which is set in another world. Ideas come all the time and I carry a notebook everywhere and have one beside my bed at night for when I wake with an idea in the night (I have had several good ideas come to me that way!). The ideas are all filed away for when I have time, though some insist on being written RIGHT NOW(!) and will not take no for an answer. When I get jumped by one of those I just go with it. I never turn my back on inspiration, not when the muse is using a sledgehammer anyway!

What books have I written?

I have one book that came out on the 13th of June 2013­ –


I also have my second book coming out on the 20th August 2013 –

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Only two more days to go!

Other books I am working on can be seen in the ‘Work in Progress’ section.

What else do I do?

I wait. I spend a lot of time waiting– for a response to a submission, for edits to come from my publisher, for the cover to be created, for the book to come out. Sure, I have things to distract myself with, more writing and other work, but it is always there, lurking in the back of my mind what I am currently waiting for. I check my email a couple of times a day normally, when the wait is on, that number can sneak up to over 20 times a day.

(Shhhh!! You did not hear me say that! I am not obsessive AT ALL!)

Other things I love doing– Playing pool, reading (of course), cooking, spending time with my son and other family, walking my dogs (both whippets), trying to sooth my crying wallet (from all the books I read), listening to music of all types, and the odd evening or lunch out with friends.

If anyone has any questions they would like to ask me, I am taking part in a blog hop August 26-30th. If you would like to send me your questions then please do either in the comments on this post, or the blog hop post, or via FB and I will do my best to answer them.


Violet. xx

By violetjoiceycowen

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