As the release of Wolf Creek nears, I've been looking back at the road that got me to this point. While I've written many novels, some have gone unfinished, other un-edited and the rest were trunked when they failed to generate interest with only Between Love and Lust making it to publication.
The writing process for every novel is different. I learn so much each time around and improve both my process and product. The first step is always the idea.
Six years ago, I started getting interested in gay genre fiction. JR Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood series really captured my interest. I've mentioned before how I fell in love with two of her gay characters Blay and Qhuinn whose romance was torturous.
I had dabbled in a few gay erotic short stories and even a novella that stalled out before completion. However, I wanted to reach a broader audience than erotica allows. At the time, I was also reading some werewolf fiction. Until then vampires had been my mainstay since high school. Patricia Brigg's Cry Wolf hooked me on the idea of alpha and omega dynamic.
Then I wondered how a gay omega (Josh) would deal with his feelings if he fell for his straight alpha (Gavin) and how would that alpha react.
I borrowed one of my trunked novel character's Zephyra who served as the template for Andrea, the unpredictable and irrepressible Amazon Josh befriends.
It was with these three characters and a premise that I started thinking about scenes and conflicts. Eventually, I had enough to sit down to write an outline.
Next time I'll share the outlining process for Wolf Creek.