Goddess Fish Promotions is organizing a Virtual Book Tour for queen of clubs: Cora by Katie de Long, an erotic romance available November 14, 2014.
Before we get to the good stuff Katie is going to tell us what the hardest part about writing is...
Okay, so I might get a bit personal here.
Trigger warning for allusion to traumatic material.
The hardest part about writing, particularly about writing romance or contemporary fiction is the psychology. I write this as I recover from writing the first draft of an exhausting and entirely too personal novel that I'm not sure I'll ever be able to distance myself from to rewrite and publish.
When I was writing it, I was downright sick. I wanted to work on it exhaustively, just so I could say it was out of my head after the first draft. I slept badly, had panic attacks every night, and it even leaked into my actual relationship.
See, when you write scifi romance, fantasy, all of that, you can distance yourself from your characters quite easily; even when they suffer abuse or violence, or even almost universal issues like cheating spouses, infertility, illness, it's in the context of their world- not in the context of ours. Their husband left them, but he's still a cybernetic fairy android making first contact with aliens.
You can build empathy with characters in fantasy/scifi/specfic by considering the core of that experience, when drained of the nanobots and vampirism, but there's still a buffer that you can't get in non-fantastic contemporary settings. I am in awe of authors who can create human and empathetic characters despite those added elements and distractions. It's an art unto itself. But I don't believe it has the same vulnerability.
It's much harder to do hold the story at a distance when you know ten people who've been in the exact same situation your character is now. No “if you take this out” or “but that couldn't happen now.”
The hardest thing about writing contemporary is realizing that my characters are facing real things.
The best thing about writing contemporary romance is that at least it's in my power to give them a happy ending.
I wish I could do the same for the rest of us.
Katie de Long will offer a signed paperback of Queen of Clubs: Cora and a swag pendant to one randomly selected commenter and will offer a signed paperback of Queen of Clubs: Cora and a swag pendant to a randomly drawn host (US only).
by Katie de Long
The exotic dancers and employees of the Queen of Clubs walk a fine line, with only wits, beauty, and market savvy to keep them from toppling into the shark pit. Ride shotgun through lapdances, romance, and sexual awakenings. Don't worry, these girls won't ask what your hands are doing under the tip rail.
Cora, an adventurous student, finds herself auditioning for a stripping gig...and it comes with more than the asking price, including a very attractive DJ.
Queen of Clubs contains adult content, and is intended for mature readers. Each Queen of Clubs title is a standalone novella length work.
I prayed the song wouldn't end. Would the next one jar me out of this rhythm? Would I wake up and discover it was a dream, that I was still the awkward college student I had to be the rest of the time? I slid the straps of my bra off my shoulders and undid the catch, but hesitated to let it fall away from me.
I looked toward Kirk and met his eyes. Fuck. He'd been staring, a combination of lust, pride, and approval in the small smile on his face. It reassured me, and against my better judgment, I grinned back.
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Katie de Long lives in the Pacific northwest, realizing her dream of being a crazy cat-lady. As a kid, Katie flagged the fade-to-blacks in every adult book she encountered, and when she began writing, she vowed to use cutaways sparingly. After all, that's when the good stuff happens. And on a kindle, no one asks why there's so many bookmarks in her library.
queen of clubs is currently published monthly. Visit delongkatie.com for preorder and purchase links, or sign up for the mailing list, to be notified when new titles are available.
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