The Next Big Thing

What’s up, buttercup?

Last week, the incredible Annabel Joseph participated in THE NEXT BIG THING BLOG HOP and then invited me to carry it on. AJ is releasing her newest book, Disciplining the Duchess, this week. I’ve had the chance to beta-read this book and, trust me, you want to check it out ASAP. It’s chock full of sexy yumminess. Get to know Annabel better and take a peak at the book cover and blurb of Disciplining the Duchess right here.

THE NEXT BIG THING BLOG HOP

In this blog hop, I and my fellow authors, in their respective blogs, have answered ten questions about our book or work-in–progress (giving you a sneak peek).  We’ve also included some behind-the-scenes information about how and why we write what we write–the characters, inspirations, plotting and other choices we make. I hope you enjoy it!

Here’s the scoop on my Next Big Thing! Ask me questions or share your thoughts in the comments!

1: What is the working title of your book?

Right now, the working title is Controlling Chelsea but that definitely won’t be the final title.

2: Where did the idea come from for the book?

First, let me share a little bit about this story:

Chelsea Ashby has built a business for herself as an internet personality. Companies pay her to go on adventures, host their parties, try their new products and then tell everyone about her awesome experiences via her blog and social media. In order to keep up her image, Chelsea’s connected to the world via social media 24/7 and there only a few aspects of her life she won’t source as material for her website. Through sheer hustle, she’s built an enviable life but is starting to feel the effects of being a public figure.  When her biggest teenage crush, who was also witness to her biggest personal humiliation, Ian Black seeks her out, Chelsea’s drawn into an intense relationship as Ian’s submissive.

After a disastrous date that ended with Ian telling Chelsea she needed a spanking six years ago, Ian hasn’t been able to fully purge Chelsea from his mind. Ian’s idea of a relationship is extremely traditional. He’s looking for a lady in the street but a freak in the bed. He’s convinced Chelsea could be his perfect submissive but her lack of concern for keeping her private life private and insistence on being connected 24/7 leaves him questioning what she really wants.

When Chelsea’s careless actions encourage an unexpected, unwanted event she’ll have to decide what’s most important to her .

As far as Chelsea’s career – I’m friends with and follow the blogs of several inspiring women who have built incredible lives for themselves as personality brands online. On the upside, these ladies get paid to enjoy regular trips, have fun adventures and get to try new products regularly. On the downside, just like a Kardashian, they have to build a brand to do this. When you become a brand, you attract creepy stalkers. The story idea came to me after watching this happen and watching these women put safety measures in place to protect themselves.

As far as the relationship between Chelsea and Ian – who didn’t have an inappropriate crush on someone older or with a reputation as someone “dangerous” as a teenager?

3. What genre does your book come under? 

The book I am currently working on, plus all of the future book ideas I have drafted out, are erotic romances. Specifically, M/F erotic BDSM romance. If you enjoy your romances with a healthy dose of power exchange, you’ll enjoy the relationships between the characters in my novels.

4: Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Controlling Chelsea is book one of a planned three book series about a group of friends and their kinky relationships. I keep head shots of people I envision as my characters and photos I find inspiring tacked to an ideas page in Scrivener for my books.

Check out this hotness:

Ian Black Inspiration: Jason Momoa 

Jason Momoa Jason Momoa

Chelsea Ashby Inspiration: Carey Mulligan

Carey Mulligan  Carey Mulligan dressed up

When it comes to how they view the world and their relationships, these characters are polar opposites. I love that their physical appearances contrast as well.

5: What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

When internet personality Chelsea Ashby gets swept up into an intense D/s relationship with Ian Black, a man who values privacy, she struggles with deciding what she wants until an unexpected, unwanted event leads her to re-evaluate everything.

6: Is your book self-published, published by an independent publisher, or represented by an agency?

After talking with several writer friends, my plan is to self publish. I think publishers can certainly bring a lot to the table for writers who just want to write, but I’m excited about the business aspect of publishing as well. There’s also a lot to be said for having complete control over your story and how it appears in print/online.

7: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? 

It took me three days to get a working picture of my characters and to draft the outline of the book. This was back in November 2012. According to my self-imposed calendar, the first draft should be wrapped up the end of March.

8: What other books would you compare this story to within your genre? 

Books should stand on their own as original works, so I’m steering clear of saying my book is like someone else’s.

9: Who or what inspired you to write this book?

The idea of writing my own book has been floating around inside my head for a LONG time. In 2012, I was thinking about it more seriously when I (by sheer fate) ended up at lunch with Annabel Joseph and members of a writing group she helped start. They invited me to join them and that’s when I started working on my manuscript in earnest.

10: What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

I  personally practice and enjoy BDSM romance. My bookshelf is full of authors like Annabel Joseph, CJ Roberts and Tiffany Reisz who write emotional stories that include situations and sexual activities that go beyond light BDSM play. As I am very inspired by these writers, I would say that readers who enjoy their books might enjoy mine as well.

Follow this blog hop along next Wednesday with the lovely Joan Defers.  Actually, while you’re here, just go ahead and check her out. Her post on ebook covers includes the some hysterical spoofs that you have to see to actually appreciate (because Dongzilla in Mantitty City sounds ridiculous, but you can’t appreciate just how ridiculous until you see her cover mock-up).

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