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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Check Me Out!

I usually don’t encourage such blatant self-advertisement, but since this is about my work – and not about, say, me posting nudes of myself – I guess it’s okay. Now, if you came here for nudes, I’m not even sorry, to say: go elsewhere! But if you’re a reader and you still got to fill some spots on this year’s reading list, maybe you will indeed check me out.

Let me help you with that:

the-affair-two-edited-no-shadowLet’s start with my stand-alone novella The Affair. It’s the story of two women who (not surprisingly) are having an affair. They work together over an ad campaign, they’re both married and unhappily so. But sleeping together is turning into something more, and Robin and Linda have to face the questions of what is possible and what is not, of whether they can be together or if too many lives will be destroyed. Will they be happy knowing they hurt the people they once loved?

I’m really proud of this work. I feel it touches at life from a not very sympathetic view. My protagonists are cheaters. But maybe you can find it in you to be interested in their journey? They don’t take their affair lightly, and maybe the ending pays tribute to that.

If you like, check out The Affair via Ylva Publishing‘s official page, or if you like on amazon, or if you use a different platform here. Maybe you’d like to read a review first?

Let’s move on then from true drama to truly terrifying supernatural fiction: Wicked Things is a Halloween anthology. And, yes, I’m aware it’s still some months to Halloween, but let’s face it: there’s never a bad time to get scared or have some supernatural sexy-times. Wicked Things can provide both during a summer storm, a camping trip for two, or a night you wanna curl up on your couch with your cat and let the creaking of floorboards get to you.

My story included in this anthology is called A Lesson in Magic. It’s about Erin who meets a wicked things coverfascinating man at a Halloween party. Only problem: Erin is gay and she doesn’t usually find men all that fascinating. But Raymond is different, and he is different in all the right ways.

Other stories included were written by Andi Marquette, Bridget Essex, Catherine Lane, Elaine Burnes, Erzabet Bishop, Eve Francis, Lois Cloarec Hart, May Dawney, Orhea the dreamer, Q. Kelly, R.G. Emanuelle, S.M. Harding, and Steph Gottschalk. Maybe you’ve come across their writing and are interesting in more? Maybe you have come across none of us yet but would like to discover some new authors of lesbian fiction? Here’s your chance.

Ylva Publishing put together this Goldie Award-winning selection. It’s available for kindle, ebook, and paperback.

Now, for my German readers. But let me skip… zu deutsch. Ja, ich schreibe auch in meiner Muttersprache. Weniger häufig, aber mit ebensoviel Enthusiasmus (hoffentlich!). Es gibt bisher zwei Veröffentlichungen von Kurzgeschichten auf deutsch von mir.

cover_A_Suche-Herz-mit-Namen_500x800Die erste ist ebenfalls eine Ylva-Anthologie: Suche Herz mit Namen. Sie beinhaltet sieben Geschichten von sieben Autorinnen und jede einzelne handelt von Liebe, dem Kennenlernen, dem besonderen Menschen, der die Herzen unserer Protagonistinnen höher schalgen lässt.

Meine Geschichte heißt Versch(l)ossen und handelt von Maike, die aus Versehen ihr Fahrrad mit einem andered zusammenschließt. Dies führt sie zu der Bekanntschaft von Katrin und Gefühlen, die bisher für Maike unbekannt waren.

Die anderen Autorinnen dieser Anthologie sind G.G. Barro, Sara Engels, Sandra Herzog, Jae, Katharina Kraemer, und Verena Martin. Interesse geweckt? Jede einzelne Geschichte ist lesenswert und berührend. Liebe in vielfältiger Form, aber mit Happy End-Garantie.

Zu kaufen natürlich bei Amazon, als ebook und auch als Taschenbuch.

Die zweite Anthologie, Heartbeatclub, ist eine queere Anthologie des Größenwahn Verlags. Sie verbindet queere Liebe mit Musik und Tanz, denn schließlich lieben wir alle Musik und lieben alle zu Musik. Der Soundtrack unserer ersten Liebe als Mix-Tape im Auto gehört, der Song in der Disco als du ihn das erste Mal gesehen hast, vielleicht die Tanzstunde, die soviel besser wurde, weil die Tanzlehrerin so heiß war?

Meine Geschichte heißt Unser erster-letzter Tanz und handelt von David, der auf der heartbeatclub (1)Verlobungsfeier seines Cousins der Transphobie seiner lieben Verwandten ausgesetzt ist. Doch die Feier wird zusehends besser als die Kellnerin Mandy sich für ihn zu interessieren beginnt. Doch wie beginnt man eine Liebe, wenn der eigene Körper ein Geheimnis ist, das man gerade erst selbst entdeckt?

Die anderen Autoren haben sich anderen queeren Themen zugewandt und eine lesbare (tanzbare?) Mischung kreiert. Geschichten von Nino Delia, Peter Nathschläger, Andrea Biernek, Levi Frost, Carsten Nagels, Jannis Plastargias (auch Herausgeber der Anthologie), Thomas Pregel, Juliane Seidel, Andrea Bielfeldt, S.A. Urban, Jens Christof Ruppin, Devin Sumarno, Andi Latte, und Ines Schmidt komplettieren ein Leseerlebnis.

Es gibt die Anthologie als Taschenbuch, ebook und kindle zu kaufen. Es lohnt sich!

Now, these are all last year’s news, I know. But there may be something coming next month that combines my writing with others’ writings with stories about bookworms. Interested? Check this out!

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Yes, dear readers, there’s going to be an anthology about book peeps by Ylva Publishing. Writers, readers, librarians, editors, what have you, they’ll all be part of this anthology. I’m superexcited! Are you? I thought you’d be. Only one month to wait. Make sure to get it while it’s still warm – or maybe sizzling hot?!

My story is called Wrote Trip and it’s about a writer going on a road trip in search of her muse. She meets a hitchhiker and things seem to go in a different direction from there.

I hope you found some good reading material here. And if you haven’t, well, I did post those links for you to browse too, you know. So many books, so little time.

What’s happening?

I guess I took the title of my last post too literally; I took an unselfconscious break from blogging here. Books have been read since, hardly any words written, though. I’ve worked a little, helped others out, painted and drew. I feel creative, stuff is happening.

As far as writing goes, yeah well. I haven’t done much, but I feel that I’m on my way to remedy that. I’ll be doing some rewriting these next two months, also some editing.

Let me tell you about that: my short story Wrote Trip has been accepted for publication in the anthology Finding Ms. Write by Ylva Publishing. I’m so proud. Look at the beautiful Finding Ms. Write500x800cover! Anyway, that story needs some editing before the anthology’s going to come out in June. It’s the simply story of two women meeting as one of them hitchhikes a ride from the other. I like simple stories, I’m fascinated by the meeting of souls who cling to each other instinctively.

The rewriting project is a superhero story, or rather superheroine. Ghosts of Helltown is pretty old. It’s actually my first writing project that I wrote in English, hence the intensive rewriting! But I’ve started and it’s not entirely hopeless, though as of yet unfinished. I’m excited about this story. For once, it brought me back to drawing and painting, as I’m trying to figure out a costume for my superhero. That’s just a hobby, and I haven’t done any of it for far too long.ghost

And then, there’s of course the genre. I find myself a little obsessed with superheroes lately. As the billboards tell us, I’m not the only one. And as so many others, I’m more of a Marvel person than DC. I never liked Batman much and these days, all that comes out from DC seems to take itself far too seriously. That’s my take. Of course, both franchises are guilty of favoring white, straight dudes (yeah, I know Deadpool is pansexual, but obviously he’s the exception to the rule).

Well, this novella/novel series by Ylva will be all about female heroes who love other females, maybe heroes too, maybe sidekicks, maybe villains? Well, I’m looking forward to reading them all. But first I’ll be going down to Hell(town) and write my own. EXCITED!!!

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.

First Things

I’m excited about the upcoming anthology from Ylva Publishing – Wicked Things. I’ve written a short story for it, and I like it. I hope you will like it, too.

This is the cover, and when you click on it you can read what it’s about and who has contributed to it. You should check out all those amazing writers – I’m so thrilled to be in such talented company.

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Hopefully, this is only the first of many published stories to come. I will keep you updated, as this is, of course, the reason why this site exists.

I can’t even say how much I love writing and how much it means to get published – and published in English, too. I just hope you like my story and that you will maybe drop me a note whether you did.

So, this is a beginning, first things, wicked things… I’m excited.

Later, lovelies.