Wrote Trip / Finding Ms. Write Blog Tour

This post is part of the Finding Ms. Write blog tour, promoting this fabulous anthology by Ylva Publishing about ‘book people.’ Since I’m biased, I feel that you should totally buy and read this wonderful piece of work which has been put together by Jae and Jove Belle and includes stories by twelve authors of lesbian fiction, including yours truly.

wrote tripNow, my story, Wrote Trip, is about writer Pat Rogers who lost her muse. She’s trying to get her back by going on a road trip and then picks up a hitchhiker, Jen Chan.

I must confess here and now that I’ve never been on a muse-searching road trip like that since I don’t even have a driver’s license. Still, the loss of a muse seems a topic universal among writers. Even if you believe in the daily routine of a writing excercise, you would know days when the right words elude you, when nothing seems to fit, when your imagination runs dry.

Metaphorical batteries need to be recharged. Some do it by reading, some by meeting people, others sit and binge watch their favorite shows until they’re once again inspired and can return to their work in progress. When I lose my inspiration, I try to load up on fodder. I do all of the above, or go watch a movie, read fanfiction, whatever tickles the next story out of me.

I guess I understand Wrote Trip more like the state of mind when you write, when you’re really in the zone, as they say. It’s a place where time loses meaning, a moment of complete and utter self-abandonment, you are your story. It’s those times we really write for, because we write our best then.

My main character, Pat, loses this crazy writer’s haven and goes on a road trip. She needs time away from her computer, looming over her empty mind like a watchful sentinel. Seriously, who can work under that knd of pressure? Pat can’t and escapes. But her workaholic editor Kasey isn’t happy with her and the road trip takes an unexpected turn notebook1when she picks up Jen. But will the young student be of help or a distraction from what Pat needs to accomplish to get back to work?

You can find out reading the anthology. And if you leave a comment on any of the listed posts below (or this one 🙂 ) you can even win an ebook copy since Ylva gives away five of them. Personally, I think that’s awesome since I’m a sucker for free books. But if you’d rather purchase your copy right now and not wait until the blog tour is over to win, here’s where you can do that.

If you want to find out more about the anthology, you are welcome to look at all the other blog posts on the tour. Here’s a list. Make sure to come back tomorrow for Chris Zett’s post. Her story Romance on a Side Note is an excellent read. It might make you wanna read Little Women again, so be forewarned.

The Blog Tour Schedule

Finding Ms. Write500x800Twelve authors of lesbian fiction bring you a collection of romantic short stories about “book people”—heroines who are somehow involved in the publishing industry.

From a novelist with the world’s biggest crush on her editor to a beta reader connecting with her cabinmate on a cruise, from a woman seeking rare books who finds love instead to a bookstore owner who’s drawn to the shy writer sitting by the shop’s window every day, this anthology is full of stories guaranteed to have a happy ending.

Step into our world of books and enjoy a glimpse into the lives of writers who are chasing deadlines…and finding love.

Includes stories by A.L. Brooks, Anastasia Vitsky, Chris Zett, Cori Kane, Elaine Burnes, Hazel Yeats, Jacelle Scott, Jae, Jove Belle, Kathy Brodland, Lea Daley, and Melissa Grace.

 

 

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The Affair [Out Now]

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It has come the time when I can finally write this blog post: The Affair is out there, you can buy it at your favoirte ebook online shop – or at least on Amazon, All Romance ebooks, Smashwords and Kobo. I’m excited, of course. It seems a long time since I started writing it.

I first mentioned it here last September, and even then I’d been working on it for some time. It was the kind of story that took a back seat to other stories that I pushed, but I still knew I wanted to finish it, because the premise of an affair has always fascinated me. I’m not sure why but the predicament of falling in love with someone outside the marriage bond and pursuing that attraction or giving into the sheer force of it… the guilt, the question of whether to end a marriage over it or not… Yes, it is fascinating.

And this is what I wanted to accomplish with The Affair, to dive into that kind of drama. I think I made a decent job of it, but then writers are never the most reliable critics of their own works.

And we’re also not the best editors for them either. And this is where the really hard work begins. With the right story, writing can be like playing, you make believe, you do what you love (the degree on play and love can vary significantly from story to story, and at the end of the day it’s still hard work), but editing… it’s a process that can eat at you.

I personally like it as a learning process, where someone who knows more about syntax and grammar and commas teaches me how to do it better. I’d like to think that I grow more during the editing part of the writing than the writing itself. For example, with The Affair I learned that what I consider new and exciting ways to formulate sentences, are not really that exciting for my readers. They rather hinder the reading. This is something that blows my mind, even though from reading novels I should have already known that. How often have I frowned upon a phrase or a sentence that the writer probably thought was brilliant – and here I am doing the same thing.

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It’s a hard lesson to learn and I’m sure I’ll be ignoring it the next time I sit down to write some fiction. It’s also hard to see an editor delete those perfectly wonderful phrases which you think make your writing voice unique and fresh. But most of the time, unfortunately, the editor is right. I can accept that, most of the time, but as I said: hard lesson.

I remember years ago at a fan convention (nothing like comic con, just a small gathering of Xenites at a hostel somewhere in the German hicks), where there were fanfiction readings in the evening. It was the first time I heard someone read anything of mine and it was the most horrific experience in my young writer’s life. I didn’t know until then that every reading is also an interpretation of the text. And, of course, in my opinion, this interpretation was horrible. The reader made all the wrong choices when it came to pauses, the little jokes I build into the story mostly went over the listening crowds’ heads, it was all wrong. But that was mainly my ego. It was apparent that she had read the story many times before to do it justice on that night, she was a little nervous, understandibly, to be reading in public, and she did a decent job of it. Her reading voice just didn’t collaborate with the narrator’s voice in my head.

So, this was a little like an editing experience. And, nowadays, I appreciate the effort behind it more – I hope. Everybody at Ylva Publishing did a fantastic job on making The Affair better than it was to begin with. It’s also longer now and I’m really proud of the end product. I want to thank Astrid Ohletz and Jae, especially, and my editor on this, Alissa McGowan. The cover design by Kaitlyn Connolly is a thing of beauty. There were more people involved and I want to thank everybody.Writing is at times a lonely occupation, but putting out a novel is not.

That said, I hope you’ll all read this novella and tell me how you liked it, the second part being optional, of course. 🙂

Later, lovelies.

Suche Herz mit Namen

cover_A_Suche-Herz-mit-Namen_500x800Also, ihr habt es vielleicht schon mitbekommen, seit einigen Tagen ist die Anthologie Suche Herz mit Namen im Handel erhältlich – sowohl als ebook als auch als Taschenbuch (Links dazu findet ihr auf meiner Kurzgeschichten-Seite). Dies ist nun von besonderem Interesse für euch, weil es eine wunderschöne Anthologie mit tollen, romantischen Geschichten ist, und für mich, weil eine dieser Geschichten (ob toll und romantische genug müsst ihr mir sagen) von mir ist.

Ich hab’s dann auch gleich gelesen (muss ja wissen, was da sonst noch so drinsteht). Hier ist, was ich gefunden habe:

In der Nacht sind alle Katzen grau und auch ganz hinreißend süß. Verena Martin zumindest gibt uns das Gefühl, dass es das Schönste auf der Welt ist, einen Vierbeiner zu Hause zu haben, wobei in dieser Geschichte auch die Zweibeiner nicht zu verachten sind. Mareike findet sowohl das eine auch als das andere in einem Tierheim und beide Examplare sträuben sich ein bisschen, bevor Mareike sie in die Arme schließen kann. Eine hübsche Geschichte, schön geschrieben, zum Einfühlen.

Auf Jae’s (Die) Mitternachtscouch würde Paula gern so manche Nacht mit ihrem Schwarm Christine verbringen. Doch schon das Fragen nach einem Date ist für die Technikerin eine Herausforderungen, ist die Angebete doch Psychiaterin mit eigener Radio-Show. Ob sie’s grad noch rechtzeitig zum Valentinstag zum Happy End schafft – lesen und herausfinden. Die Geschichte ist auf jeden Fall gut erzählt, amüsant, mitreißend und all die anderen Dinge, die wir von Jae ja irgendwie schon gewohnt sind

Die Puppenspielerin ist nicht ganz, was man vielleicht erwartet, doch das ist auch gut so. Katharina Kraemer entführt uns in das Innenleben einer Schreiberin und dort geht es ja nie wirklich geordnet zu. Ich will nicht zu viel verraten, die Story ist recht kurz, doch sie wird euch überraschen. Mir hat sie auf jeden Fall sehr gut gefallen, die Schreibe zieht einen ins Tiefste eines Menschen und wirkt nach.

Um Theorie und Praxis in Sachen Liebe geht es in Sandra Herzogs Geschichte, wo die Theorie und die Praxis des Motorradführerscheins nur Zwischenspiel für zwei Verliebte sind, die sich schwer tun, ihre Gefühle füreinander zu gestehen. Doch Deike und Saskia sind aufgeweckt und charmant und werden sicher auch dich mitreißen. Ich habe mich auf jeden Fall gut unterhalten gefühlt. Lesen und mitfühlen.

Die Glückskatze oder Mit voller Wucht ins Herz von Sara Engels handelt von Kay und Philo und der Schwierigkeit, sich selbst zu erkennen. Die beiden haben nämlich eine Vergangenheit und die bedeutet beiden mehr als sie bereit sind zuzugeben. Doch selbst wenn die zweite Chance vergeben scheint, gibt es manchmal noch einen dritten Anlauf. Wie dieser aussieht, könnt ihr nachlesen. Ihr werdet Kay und Philo mögen, das kann ich euch jetzt schon versprechen. Sie machen es sich nicht leicht, aber wann war das Leben schon mal leicht. Gut geschrieben, fesselnd erzählt – lesen!

Fünf Fragen und eine Antwort von Bedeutung ist auch so eine Geschichte, die ein bisschen anders, ein bisschen ungewohnt ist. Doch sie ist auch sehr unterhaltsam. Erzählt aus der Perspektive einer jungen Frau zieht uns G.G. Barro in ihr Innenleben, das ein bisschen verrückt, ein bisschen spleenig und ganz schön ungeordnet ist. Doch das kennen wir ja alle von uns selbst und hier gelingt es der Autorin wunderbar, einen inneren Monolog zu zaubern, der mal lustig, mal sinnierend und dann wieder wunderbar ehrlich daherkommt. Sehr gelungen, schön erzählt und herzig unkonventionell.

Ihr seht, mir haben die Geschichten alle gut gefallen und ich will jetzt gar keinen Favoriten rauspicken, denn sie sind alle sehr schön. Was fürs Herz und was für die verregneten April-Tage, die da in den nächsten Wochen noch kommen werden. Aber doch eine schöne Einstimmung auf den Wonnemonat.

Ihr habt gemerkt, dass ich meine Geschichte jetzt außen vor gelassen habe, oder? Nun, ich will euch gar nicht vorenthalten, worum es in Versch(l)ossen geht, doch Kritik muss jemand anders üben. Maike hat aus Versehen ihr Fahrrad mit einem anderen zusammengeschlossen und dies führt zu einem Treffen zwischen ihr und Katrin. Und zum ersten Mal konkretisieren sich in Maike Gefühle für eine andere Frau und das ist verwirrend, wenn auch ziemlich aufregend. Wie und ob die beiden zusammenfinden, könnt ihr dann nachlesen. Und vielleicht sagt ihr mir in den Comments, wie ihr’s fandet.

Ich hoffe, euch gefällt die Anthologie ebenso wie mir.

Bis denne, ihr Süßen.

Submission Calls [E1]

All right, lovelies. I’m kinda back to writing, at least, I’m trying to get back. And short stories for anthologies are always a good way to get back into the game. I have a couple submission calls on my radar which I would like to do and I think if you’re a writer (of mainly lesbian stuffs) and like to do that kind of thing too – here’s where to go. I’m always grateful for additional links to submission calls if you have them.

So, here’s what’s planned so far this year:

Summer Love, Ladylit Publishing (eds. Caroline Manchoulas and Harper Bliss)

This is a close deadline (31 March 2015) and I’m not sure I’ll be finished with my story in time. As the title suggests it’s about finding love in summer. I’ve already started writing on this but six more days may not see this story completed. It’s about two girls who meet in German wine country. One is American, the other is German. There’s some slight language barrier but it’s mostly about falling in love in the sweltering heat of German wine country, surrounded by German culture. The working title is ‘Im Sommer’ (German for ‘In Summer’ in case you couldn’t tell).

First, Ladylit Publishing (ed. Cheyenne Blue)

I just read this and had the notion of an idea (which means I won’t tell you about it because I’ll have to think about it in greater detail before it’ll even become an idea). I’m a little shy when it comes to erotica because I don’t feel like I’m really good at it, but maybe this’ll work. 24 April 2015 is another close deadline, check it out.

Through the Hour Glass: Lesbian Historical Romance (working title), The Liz McMullen Show Publications (eds Sacchi Green, Patty G. Henderson)

Deadline is 30 April 2015 (not much time!). I haven’t thought about this much yet. I mainly would like to do it because it’s especially a historical anthology, and I’m kinda into that. I so like historical fiction and I feel that there are very few short stories out there which give a glimpse at leasbian life. We’ll see what falls out of the idea tree – maybe something set in post-WWII Germany?

Halloween 2015, Ylva Publishing (ed. n/a)

I’ve had a Story in last year’s Ylva Halloween Anthology and I’d like to reapeat the experience.Deadline is 31 May 2015. I’m thinking about a short story about a vampire, a special vampire that I’ve got special plans for in the future, so you’ll meet her again when you read me. But I don’t want to go into it too much. Vampires it is for this year’s Halloween story.

Holiday Anthology 2015, Ylva Publishiing (eds. Jae and Fletcher DeLancey)

15 July 2015 is the deadline for Ylva’s Holiday anthology. While I’m generally not a big fan of Xmas, I’d still like to put something out for an anthology. I’m rather better at writing about it than living through it, I guess. I’m not as far as having an idea yet, but I’ll be thinking about it.

I hope some of you find something here that might be fun. Yeah, I’m aware they’re all lesbian, but it’s what I do. Add if you have something interesting in the comments. In case you were wondering about the E1 of the title, E stands for English as I’m planning on something similar in German, just sayin’.

Later, lovelies.

Wicked Things: Lesbian Halloween Short Stories, edited by Astrid Ohletz and Jae (the Writer’s Edition)

wt-postcards Wicked Things is now available for kindle on amazon (com, de, co.uk, what have you). Do you know how excited I am about this? I am sooo excited about it. For those of you who don’t know – there’s a short story by moi in this anthology and it’s my first published work in English.

I have already read it and it’s a great anthology. I absolutely love the different takes on the topic of this holiday and the supernatural. The anthology contains stories about vampires, and ghosts and witches and hunters and what nots. If you want to know a little more about the stories, I wrote a ‘reader’s edition’ of this post here.

Now, as a writer, it has been an immense pleasure to work with the folks at Ylva Publishing, especialy Astrid Ohletz and Day Petersen. I know my story is better now because of these two lovelies. And I’m happy to be among so many talented and able and distinguished writers.

My own story is called A Lesson in Magic and it’s about two people meeting at a Halloween party. Erin is there under protest but when she meets Raymond, she’s suddenly intrigued – and confused. But confusion clears when Erin learns a little more about Raymond and his special charms…

I’m not gonna tell you more about it, you’ll have to read it. I wrote this story for the anthology. I’m fascinated by the supernatural and the themes and tropes of the genre. It was a good opportunity to try my hand at it and I think I’m going to delve into it a little more in the future.

So, if you love the ladies and some scary and some erotic and plenty of supernatural, you should really read this anthology. Also, if you like me, you should totally buy it – for you and all your friends. It’s for your own good, really.

Here’s the links – amazon.com, amazon.co.uk, amazon.de. I’m gonna add the links for the paperback and other ebooks in my short stories-section as soon as they’re available. I hope you’re gonna read Wicked Things. Drop me  a line if you have and whether you liked it. I very much hope that you do. Read on, lovelies.