1) What am I working on?
I'm writing the first 30K novella of four in a series I'm calling The Wheel of the Year. I've got a hard deadline for submission by the end of March, which is going to be ... testing.
The main plot-arc is about a young woman who reluctantly goes off to live with her Great Aunt Moira in a really weird old house in the middle of the country. It's just like those fantasy adventures I used to read as a kid, isn't it?
Of course, the house is not just a house, Moira is not simply - or really - a batty old relative, and there's going to be a ton-load of sex in my heroine's future as she finds herself plunged into legend that will not die, myth that is live and kicking, and a destiny that will change the world.
This is going to be supernatural erotica with a slow build, but not romance, and the idea is to take my heroine on a sexual journey from vanilla to kink as her sexual horizons expand and her self-knowledge grows. It's very pagan. I've been reading up on astrology and tree-magic and Robert Graves and I've been tearing bloody chunks out of all of them as I mold them to my evil will.
Oh, and The Wheel of the Year has turned out to be linked to Wildwood too. It's almost a prequel. This may be a lifelong plot-arc spread over many publishers!
2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?
Most hardcore erotica writers don't do fantasy - they leave that to the romanticists.
Most paranormal fantasy writers write urban, American and kickass - I've lost track of the number of gun-toting bounty hunters with vampire buddies there are out there in Seattle/Boston/Baton Rouge/NYC/wherethefeckeverUSA - but my worlds and characters are more rural, British and smartass.
So I'm niche, you might say. I'm the nichiest niche writer ever. Watch me not give a crap. Write what you love! You have a hankering for blisteringly dirty troll-sex? Well, read Named and Shamed. You want a freaky trip into deep woodsy legend, Green Men and Camelot and the rites of nature? Hold on for The Wheel of the Year.
3) Why do I write what I do?
Oops, I've already answered that, I think. I write my folklore-fantasy-porn because practically no one else is doing it, and that's what I want to read. I write about sex because I think it's one of the primary motivators in human existence and the most incredible joys in life. I write to make the world look more magical.
4) How does my writing process work?
My successful routine (on a good day), is to grab a cup of tea when I wake up and go straight back to bed to write, until noon and hungry dogs drive me out. I get showered, which is when creative insight will creep up me - snippets of conversation, small details that need to inserted into what's already written, and of course the vital next scene. That gives me enough material to write for a few hours again in the afternoon or evening.
I use a lot of hot water.
I don't plan ahead: I start with mental pictures (I'm very visual), and let the plot evolve on the subconscious level to weave those critical moments together.
I used to read back every day over what I'd written, but I've found that slows me down too much - so unless I have a particular detail I need to change I'm now leaving the tweaking until the first draft is done.
So that's why my blogging is likely to be pretty terse for the next month!