I began writing a little over three years ago. It wasn't my first career, so I had a lot to learn. Storytelling came easy for me, but I had a lot to learn about the mechanics of writing. I'm a chemist by education, an engineer by vocation, and I hold a commercial pilot's license. But I've never experienced passion for anything like the passion that I have for writing. It's an obsession that I can't seem to get enough of.
One of the things that I have had some difficulty coming to grips with is whether I write "Adult Romance" or "Erotic Romance." The best definition I have found was on Goodreads, and they described it this way. Erotic Romance is primarily sex with a little story wrapped around it. Whereas, Adult Romance is a real story that could stand on its own without any adult content.
When I started writing, I thought I was writing women's erotica. I was wrong. From what I have been able to tell, women's erotica is really Adult Romance. Some of the Romance I have read lately is so full of gratuitous sex that if you were able to remove the sex scenes and the four letter words, you would probably be able to see through the pages.
I try hard to strike a good balance between the right amount of intimacy and too much intimacy. However, when I get it wrong, I usually hear about it.
I'm no different than any other writer in that I can't help but put little pieces of me and my background in my writing.
I have had several distinctly different careers, and I make a serious effort to use some of my experiences to make my books a little more interesting.
For an author of fiction, I do quite a bit of research about the places or things I'm writing about. For example, Emily's Window is about a powerful woman who runs afoul of Homeland Security and the FBI. It's a suspenseful murder mystery, but in the storyline, I have to quote statistics, and I try to be as accurate as possible.
Whether it's a small town in Wyoming or one of history's largest brothels that was located in Seattle, I like to add a little fun to the fiction.
Love and romance will always be at the core of my writing, and I'm generally not emotionally well enough to handle anything but happy endings. It doesn't matter whether it is a football game, a movie, a good book, or a massage.
A word about spelling, punctuation, and grammar. This is an acknowledgment of appreciation to a wonderful person that is largely responsible for me being able to continue doing what I love, and that is to write. She is a retired grammarian from Arizona, and she has singlehandedly taken me under her wing and taught me what spelling, punctuation, and grammar skills I have gained. She is the gold standard. I use her knowledge constantly and credit her at the beginning of the books she has proofed and edited for me.
Thank you, Gloria.
Now and then someone will ask me what my favorite thing is. I always pretend to think seriously about it for a while before saying old dogs. Why old dogs? Their lovable and predictable.