One thing about writing. You need to keep the product coming. A couple of years ago, while I was waiting on edits for The Yearning, I knew I needed to get my second novel underway. At that time I had about 30,000 untidy words down on a novel titled Saint. This unruly gathering was destined to become Being Jade, but not before it tortured me through several crises, one of them being the names of characters and the title.
Being Jade, for many reasons, is the most difficult piece of work I’ve ever written. It was a challenge from beginning to end. But it begged to be written, the characters wouldn’t let me be until I had it all down on paper.
In the run up to its release, I thought it might be fun to share some of the ups and downs of my journey with this intriguing story, beginning with the character at its heart – Jade.
It’s come to my attention there is a myth floating around about writers. Actually, it’s not so much floating as super-glued or nail gunned into people’s minds. Actually, it’s not just one myth but several evil little myths all clumped together to make one big nasty furball of a myth. Or maybe it’s a stereotype. Whatever it is, myth or stereotype, I must take to my soap box and take issue with it.
The curtains are drawn, the candles lit and slow saxophone plays in the background. The cushions are plumped and the velvet cover is pulled back to reveal someone under black satin sheets. Snuggle up because today we are in bed with Cathleen Ross, author of Ruby's Fantasy.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this collection of challenging and enlightening short memoirs for a lot of reasons, but mostly because it was so raw and honest. The diversity of the stories is impressive and covers almost every permutation and combination of infidelity you could think of.
‘Erotic fiction can change the world, I really believe that.’
This statement was issued with conviction by my fellow panelist, Krissy Kneen, last Wednesday night during The Wheeler’s Centre Sex in Words event. Sounds crazy, right? How can erotica change anything, let alone the world? It’s just writing about sex, isn’t it? Maybe. Then again, maybe not.
I have so many mixed feelings about this book I hardly know where to start on this review. Beginnings is the first in a trilogy that follows the erotic life of Emma. The story opens with a thirtyish Emma who is studying and at home a lot while her relatively new husband - (how’s that?
The curtains are drawn, the candles lit and slow saxophone plays in the background. The cushions are plumped and the velvet cover is pulled back to reveal someone under black satin sheets. Snuggle up because today we are in bed with Margareta Osborn, author of MOUNTAIN ASH.
This one has been doing the social media rounds. I loved it so much I HAD to include it on The Ecstasy Files. To me it captures everything that's special about a first kiss. The giggling awkwardness, the anticipation, the step into the unknown, the shy delight of the after-glow.