Thanks so much for having me on the blog today! My name is Erzabet Bishop and I write erotic romance. My new story Holiday Cruise is an interactive romance where reader picks their path for adventure. Who would you like to spend time with? The sexy decorator, the hunky photographer or maybe a naughty Santa? You get to choose and that my friends is the best part about Silk Words books. You are part of the story and it doesn’t get better than that.
I’m often asked about how stories come to life in my head. My writing process is a mix of plotter and pantser. I rely heavily on my foam core board and colourful sticky notes to get the idea framed out then a legal pad to scribble out notes. Sticky notes are a wonderful way to go because you can move them if the plot switches and you still have a structure going. I’m all about movement and choice so there you go!
Pinterest: I create a board for almost every new project I start. It helps me get into the story visually. With Holiday Cruise I wanted to capture the essence of what could happen on a young woman’s first time away from her home on a holiday vacation. Think mermaids, sparkly lights, hot outfits, a dance club and some uber sexy guys and a girl to play with.
Research: Google is your friend. Going to look at sites and stories about cruise ships, destinations (other stories) and boudoir photography.
Music: Find mood music that fits your story. Is it a dark circus-find music that reflects it. A spooky house, yep…you tube is rockin with music that can add another sentient layer to your emersion. For Holiday Cruise, I listened to some holiday music and that got me right into the correct mindset. Jingle bells…
Chocolate: What? You’re saying it’s not a tool? (snickers) Oh yes it is.
The one thing I would tell any new writer is this. Keep writing. Don’t stop. If you stop, you stop growing.
Look for sources of inspiration. For me, it was learning to look at publishers I liked to find out what their submission calls were. At Silk Words, the stories are fun and I love the interactiveness of the projects.
Start small. Ray Bradbury said something that has always resonated with me. If you start with a short story a week, sooner or later you won’t be terrible. It works. Trust me.
Rejection. Learn to deal with it. If you want to be a writer, it’s going to happen. What you can do is learn from every one and do better on the next trip around. Put the piece to the side and go back to it later. There will be things you’ll notice, you’ll fix them and bam. You have a story someone will love. I can’t tell you how many of my works (many under a pen name) that have gone from rejection piles to published.
Fit the publisher to the work. Not everyone likes the same things. If the publisher likes romance, don’t send them a picture book. If they like horror, no fluffy bunnies-unless they have fangs.
Format the work. If the publisher has submission requirements, please read them. They are there for a reason, and no that reason is not to drive you insane. If you don’t follow them, your hard work very likely will be passed over.
Join support groups. Writers are a breed unto themselves. RWA (Romance Writers of America) is one of the hardest working groups I have come across and they want everyone to succeed. They have local branches as well as online and are always having classes to inform their members of changes in the industry.
Thanks for having me on the blog today and I hope you enjoy reading Holiday Cruise.
Reader question: What kinds of interactive stories would you like to read? Paranormal? Menage? Want your name to be in my next Silk Words story? Leave a comment with an awesome story idea.
Happy reading and a wonderful holiday season to you and yours!
Erzabet Bishop has been crafting stories since she could pound keys on her parents’ old typewriter. She has only just learned that it is a whole lot more fun writing naughty books. She is a contributing author to the Silk Words website with her Fetish Fair, Gingerbread Dreams, Holiday Cruise and Temptation Resorts interactive erotic romances, Sci Spanks 2014 Anthology, Potnia, A Christmas To Remember, Taboo II, Forbidden Fruit, Club Rook: The Series, Sweat, Bossy, Cougars, Spank or Treat 2014, When the Clock Strikes Thirteen, Wicked Things, Unwrap these Presents, Unbound Box, Milk & Cookies & Handcuffs, Corset Magazine: Sex Around the World, Vaginas and Vulvas, Man vs. Machine: The Sex Toy Issue, Smut by the Sea Volume 2, Hell Whore Volume 2, Can’t Get Enough, Slave Girls, The Big Book of Submission, Hungry for More, Gratis II, Gratis III, Anything She Wants, Dirty Little Numbers, Kink-E magazine, Eternal Haunted Summer, Coming Together: Girl on Girl, Shifters, Coming Together: For the Holidays (upcoming) and Coming Together: Hungry for Love among others. She is the author of Lipstick (upcoming), Dinner Date, Tethered, Sweet Seductions: The Erzabet Bishop Collection (upcoming), Red Moon Rising (upcoming), Red Boots (upcoming), Charity Benshaw’s Enchanted Paddle Emporium (upcoming), Holidays in Hell (upcoming), Pomegranate (upcoming), Red Dress (upcoming), Sigil Fire, Written on Skin: A Sigil Fire Short, The Erotic Pagans Series: Beltane Fires, Samhain Shadows and Yuletide Temptation. Erzabet was a finalist for the GCLS 2014 awards in two separate categories. She lives in Texas with her husband, furry children and can often be found lurking in local bookstores. She loves to bake, make naughty crochet projects and watch monster movies. When she isn’t writing, she loves to review music and books.
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