Does anyone else have this problem?
I spend a lot of time in social medialand, attempting to interact, promote, get to know readers and other authors, but at the back of my head there's always the thought: What do I have to say that is worth someone else's time?
I can't be the only one. I love seeing other people's posts about trips, meals out, a new sweater and a new baby. Kittens, puppies, birthdays, all bring a smile to my face. So why oh why does it feel when I attempt to post these things myself that it's an eye-roll-worthy moment?
Being on the other side of a screen from the rest of humanity, as we've been for the past two and a half years hasn't helped these feelings of social media inadequacy. I've never been one of the popular kids. (Growing up queer in the 80s and 90s was like running a gauntlet in a minefield without oxygen.) Being invisible feels safer, but I crave human interaction.
Perhaps this is why I feel more comfortable hanging out on my virtual front porch (my Facebook groups) where I know everyone who is there wants to be there because we have something in common. It feels more contained, safer, less fraught than posting to my page or profile. And yet...putting myself out there has consistently yielded wonderful results where I meet fantastic people like you who experience all of the same joys and tribulations as I do.
So, I'm trying this connecting more thing, hoping that it puts us in each others' paths more often when we need it. The world hasn't gotten much kinder in the past 13 years since I began publishing, but it has grown easier to find the people who are your safe space. If you're here, you're likely part of mine. And I want to thank you for that.
Writing can be a weird, wonderful, and lonely world all at the same time. You make the page come alive for me, and help me to remember why I do it. To connect. With words, a smile, learning and growing from every interaction with people both real and imaginary.
I am so lucky to be on this journey, traveling this road made of electrons with you.
What's up, peeps?
I've been hermiting in the dark and snowy wilds of New England for the past several months, writing Love & Stitches at The Asylum Fight Club with Bianca, and getting back into the swing of solo creative work as well.
In case you missed it, I've published the first three chapters of Sin & Coffee, book 1 in my new Sin & series. You can find the first 3 chapters in the Seekrit Clubhouse. To join for free, click on the Members Only link, above. Once inside, you will find the NSFW chapters in the Files menu.
Going forward, new chapters will be published monthly in the Newsletter. You can find the Subscribe button on this page in the upper right. The next newsletter goes out on February 1st, so make sure you don't miss it!
Wait. I just saw the date. What do you mean we're heading up on Valentine's Day already?
I plan to celebrate with a lot of chocolate and some writing! How do you mark the day? I say, if you don't have someone to cuddle up with, a book is always a darned good substitute. Cats and dogs too!
However you spend your day, I hope it's a good one!
What's on the docket for September, and going into the rest of 2021? Well, funny you should ask...
Currently, Bianca Sommerland and I are working on bringing The Asylum Fight Club to international readers. Bianca has plans to continue the series, and has released several compilations of short installments to-date that are also available on her blog.
We are working on preliminary steps toward making The Asylum available in audiobook and are just starting our search for narrators. We'll be releasing the audiobooks one at a time, with books coming more rapidly as reader demand warrants. Got a narrator you love who works through ACX? Feel free to suggest them in the comments!
Also on the runway for a later date in 2022, is my Urban Fantasy debut. Until now, I've published only in the Romance genre. While Paranormal Romance is something I've been deeply invested in with the Boston After Dark series, this particular series is one I've been working on for quite a while now. More details on this as I finish up the drafting and editing process during 2021.
As always, I'd love to hang out with you in my Facebook Group, where I hold most of my freebies, shout-outs, and announcements. Readers and authors of LGBTQ+ Romance are always welcome to stop by to share what you're reading, writing, and publishing. In these times, we can use a great escape more than ever.