My last blog of the year is from Author, Tanith Davenport who began writing erotica at the age of 27 by way of the Romantic Novelists’ Association New Writers’ Scheme. Her debut novel “The Hand He Dealt” was released by Total-e-Bound in June 2011 and was shortlisted for the Joan Hessayon Award for 2012.
Tanith has had short stories published by Naughty Nights Press and House of Erotica. She loves to travel and dreams of one day taking a driving tour of the United States, preferably in a classic 1950s pink Cadillac Eldorado.
Tanith’s idea of heaven is an Indian head massage with a Mojito at her side.
My Writing Year – October 2013 – 14
It’s been an active year for me. Looking back over it, I’m quite impressed, even though I know there are more prolific writers than me – I remember many days of envy at those able to do this as a full-time job. Nevertheless, I’m quite proud, especially of Photograph, which I submitted to Totally Bound around October 2013.
Photograph had been a long time in the making. When I first planned out the story, I was younger than the characters. I picked it up again as part of a creative writing course I began when I was 30 and then left it on hiatus when my debut novel The Hand He Dealt was accepted. So it was about half-done when Totally Bound put out a call for their “What’s Her Secret?” line, and since it contained a heroine with a deeply-held secret, I pitched it and it was accepted.
It was submitted in October but not firmly approved until February 2014, due to some significant (and needed, I admit) changes to the plotline. By May it was out and, as my first novel to have its own publicity team, I had the excitement of seeing it as part of a special offer in Woman magazine. Quite the honour for someone who had only ever been advertised online!
While all this was taking place I was finishing off the sequel to my paranormal novella I Heard Your Voice. Tamar Rising followed my paranormal investigator heroine in her new career as a medium. I had some great fun researching this and its predecessor, as I love paranormal TV (even if I do suspect a lot of it is either faked or exaggerated) and also got to attend some paranormal investigations, although very little actually happened on any of them. Banging in the pipes, table-tipping, ouija boards and people doing a variety of silly walks to avoid breaking laser beams set up across doorways – all great for information but not especially scary. In fact, the scariest moment was when my satnav abandoned me in the middle of a council estate and I had to knock on someone’s door for directions.
Tamar Rising was also quite a challenge for me as I had never done a sequel and therefore never had to keep the interest in an ongoing romance. The easy way out might have been to bring back Tamar’s former lover Reed – if you could use “lover” to describe the businesslike nature of their relationship – but, while Reed was great fun to write, being an arrogant jerk, I had no plans to mess up Tamar’s relationship with Jason. The novella was submitted in March 2014 and is due out on Boxing Day, also from Totally Bound.
However, a particular challenge was my most recently accepted novella, which at the time of submission was called “Ambivalent Brutality”. Inspired by a Norwegian film, the novella followed a team of Norwegian trollhunters with a hero and heroine falling in love while battling a mountain troll. One thing I haven’t written a lot of is action scenes, which you might imagine became quite necessary when dealing with trapping trolls; they also involved a role reversal since my hero was the intellectual researcher while my heroine was a rock-climber adept with multiple weapons. Definitely not your stereotypical roles!
The only minor issue was with the name. While effective, “Ambivalent Brutality” lacks a certain romance, so the title became In the Halls of the Mountain Troll. I was initially a little concerned about this title, remembering the furore about Bigfoot erotica and not wanting my novella to get caught up in it. I’m not sure what would be worse – having someone avoid the story because they think it’s troll porn or buy it and give it a terrible review because there’s no troll porn in it. I’d better make that last part as clear as possible – THERE IS NO TROLL SEX IN IT. I’m open-minded but even I have my limits.
So now that that’s in the pipeline, just waiting on edits, what else do I have on the go? Well, I have a potential series on the go. I won’t give too many details just yet but the first novella of the series, Mrs Hamilton’s Daughter, is almost complete and ready for submission. I have several stories lined up in my notebook to go in this series so I hope it all comes right!
I also have a rewrite on the cards, as one of my shorts, Assume the Position, which was previously published as part of Campus Sexploits 3 by Naughty Nights Press, is about to have its rights returned. As a 3000-word piece it’s too short for anywhere else at present but I hope to rework it into a 10,000-worder and submit it elsewhere. It’s a favourite of mine – the first short I ever wrote, plus an excuse to write eroticism into yoga poses – and I’d hate to see it go to waste.
So it’s been a busy year, and I hope to make 2015 another good year for writing. With any luck I’ll be buried in my series but also handling surprise submissions calls, which always serve to make life interesting!