Thanks, Kathryn, for letting my book tour be on A Writer’s Naughty Thoughts today:)
This is day 10 of the As Natural As Breathing Book Blog Tour. Have you been reading along? If not, you can find all the posts here.
All right! Kathryn asked to interview me for this post, so let’s see what she had to ask…and my responses. Are you ready?
How long did you write before you were published?
Well, I have been writing stories since I was five. So a very long time. But if we are talking serious writing where I was writing with the intention of getting a book done and out to the public? Five years. It took me five years to write my first fantasy novel.
How long did it take you to write your current book?
As Natural As Breathing took a month to write and then four months to edit, rip apart, re-write and get it to a point of submitting to a publisher. I am really big at putting a manuscript away for at least a few weeks, many times much longer until I can look at it with a fresh eye. That way I can fix and get rid of any big problems before editing commences.
What genres do you write besides spanking romance?
Well, under the name Thianna D, I write both erotica and erotic romance. You will find spanking in many of them. (Though not in my next Library Tale.) Many of my books have some form of BDSM involvement. I write both straight and gay and I enjoy writing both equally.
Under an entirely different name, I write romance, fantasy and even some non-fiction stuff.
I have multiple reading/writing interests.
What is your best guilty pleasure? (By best I mean worst.)
LOL Okay, are we talking sexually? Or foodwise? Hmm, let’s choose bookwise. I love Twilight. Say what you will about the main characters, I do love the love story in it. Because after all – I am a sucker for a good love story. (Which is probably why all but one of my books ends either HFN or HEA.)
As for food guilty pleasures? Hostess powdered sugar donuts. You know the ones? They pop easily into the mouth and are covered in lovely sugar? I thought I was safe when Hostess went under…and then they came back. And – oh look – there is a bag sitting right next to my computer.
Are you a plotter or a pantser?
A pantser for the most part. Most of the time when I sit down to write, I have no idea what is about to come out of the ether and flow through my fingers, either on to the page or into the keyboard. It is like I am the first person to read this amazing story.
However, the longer the book, the more I need a basic clue of where I am going. For instance, in the series that starts with my new book As Natural As Breathing. When I finished the first book, I was able to write down a couple simple things about the next two books so I knew where the story was headed. But it is just huge plot points. Each story itself is still a major surprise. And let me tell you, the second one in this series which will be out in January 2014 was a huge surprise in the best way.
And I like it that way.
What is the most you have written in one day?
I never really started counting daily numbers until the last six months or so, but my largest day was July 23rd. How do I know the date? I was taking part in JulNoWriMo and tracked my numbers daily. I wrote 14,314 words that day.
If you could have any super power, what would it be?
Don’t laugh! I would have the power to attract men I am attracted to. That’s my goal. Seriously. Am tired of attracting men that are the opposite of what I want.
Did you include any experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Yes, I did. Christian suffers from PTSD due to his time in Afghanistan. I suffer from PTSD due to events in my childhood. I understand the panic attacks, the tension, the isolation, and the pain involved. There is a scene where an attack takes him down and my editor said she could feel his emotions intensely during it.
When do you write, morning or night?
I write best in the afternoon and evening, but I have also been known to wake up at 3 a.m. when one of my characters decides they must chatter at that point and write for a couple hours before going back to sleep.
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Interesting question. Two authors that I have listened to for years and took on habits that they both work with are R.L. Stein and Steven King. So, in many ways, those two are my mentors. They just don’t know it.
Name one entity (person, place or thing) you feel supported or inspired you outside of your family members.
I grew up in a community and religious atmosphere wherein I was treated horribly. Because of that, I fight hard for the rights of those who might be considered ‘different’ just like I was. Because different is not bad. In fact it should be lauded, not defiled.
Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Would love to! In this excerpt, Christian was in an accident and has come to spend the day with Logan.
“What are you doing?” Christian asked.
“Reading your meds.” When Christian gave him a disbelieving look, he added, “Hey, Dad’s a doctor. I’m anal-retentive when it comes to medication.”
As much as he did not want to take them, he knew he needed to. Unfortunately, one side effect was that they made him sleepy, and he kept drifting in and out of consciousness. The second time he woke up groggily, he groaned. “This sucks,” he muttered. “I came to spend the day with you and all I’m doing is sleeping.”
“You are still here,” Logan reminded him, hugging him close. “I cannot imagine anything I would rather do.”
“You wouldn’t rather be spanking my ass?” Christian yawned.
Logan’s body shook with silent laughter and he smiled. “When you are better, I’ll be happy to paint your ass red. But if you feel up to it, there are a few things we could do that shouldn’t wear you out. In fact, they would relax you into another nap quite easily.”
Immediately alert, Christian nodded. He wanted to feel as good as he had yesterday before the whole Brian experience.
“Great. Well, first we need to get naked.”
Grinning, Christian struggled to sit up. “Nothing bad can start with that phrase.”
As Natural As Breathing
Genre: Gay Spanking Romance
For Christian Darringer, life isn’t worth living. Just back from the Middle East; scarred and with permanent damage to one leg, he does not think anyone will want him for anything. Meeting a gorgeous man he finds himself thinking about constantly is not in his plans. Pulled toward the startling younger man with striking blue eyes, he begins to question a lot of things – especially his sexuality. Not one to hide from a challenge, he plunges ahead only to find himself more than just attracted to Logan who is full of life and joy, he finds himself head over heels in love.
Logan Mannette has almost everything he ever wanted: loving parents, happiness, friends and security. The only thing missing is finding the love of his life, a love that is just like his parents’. When he meets Christian at a party, everything changes. Instantly attracted, he does his best to help this sad man and quickly finds himself feeling more than he has ever felt before. Raised in a domestic discipline household, he holds that ideal as what he wants but his interest in spanking became a fetish and when Christian admits that he wants to be spanked, Logan believes he might have found the perfect man.
Just as everything begins for them, Christian’s past intercedes and one of his brothers makes waves about him dating a man. If it weren’t for Logan’s support, he might fold; but with the love of one amazing man, Christian finds that living his life rather than just existing is as natural as breathing.
You can find As Natural As Breathing at:
For Thianna D, reading and writing are as important as breathing and far more important than math or science. A storyteller from the time she could speak, she was always making up characters as a kid. As a teenager that turned to sci-fi and fantasy, as an adult to romance. It wasn’t until her fourth decade that she began writing erotic scenes within her stories.
Writing M/M came naturally to her; she wrote her first tale before ever having read one. “There is something about the amazing dynamic between two strong men falling in love and defeating anything thrown at them.” While she had written several BDSM stories involving men, As Natural As Breathing was the first full-length novel involving domestic discipline.
You can find out more of what is going on with her at:
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