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Guest blogger: KB Alan

7 March 2010

I was SO excited to get the email from ARRA about the nomination of Perfect Formation for Favourite Erotic Romance. What an honor, especially in light of the great company. It’s extra cool for me because my editor on this book, Sue-Ellen Gower, is Australian. She’s the first person who read my work and who accepted Perfect Formation.

I’m not actually much of a blogger. I wish I could come up with some fascinating topic and give you a deep analysis of … something. The truth is I actually still think of myself as more of a reader than a writer. I mean, I’ve invested a lot more time in the first. Actually, one of the few downsides to this whole writing gig is how much less time I have to read. It’s getting to be a bit of a mess in my house because my friends are used to handing off all their used books to me. I go through them, read what interests me, pass some along to those who might be interested, and donate the rest. But for over a year now I’ve been stacking the bags without even going through them. Seriously, deciding to write a book was a life changing event.

My accountant sent my tax paperwork recently. In the space for occupation he wrote “writter”. So despite the income showing on this years taxes, maybe I’m only almost a writer. Nah, even when doubts plague me (did I mention I’m in submission mode right now? I’ve stopped writing this post eight times to refresh my email to see if I’ve gotten a response), I only have to look at the book covers with my name on them and the emails from readers to know that I am a writer. And it’s a job I love, even when it drives me crazy (the waiting!). My coworkers always know when I’ve gotten email from a reader because I walk around grinning for at least a day. When I got the news about the ARRA nominations I looked a bit looney for three full days. 😀

So, how did this reader become a writer? I’d purchased a shiny new laptop, my first ever brand new computer. My wallet was feeling a bit light from the purchase, as well as my obsession with ebooks. You see, I’d gone from a habit of weekly trips to the library to nearly daily visits to the epubs. I’d discovered erotic ebooks, and I was completely in love. The stories, the convenience, the immediacy! I memorised my credit card number. Not a good sign. So during my Christmas vacation one year, I decided to play on the new toy and try writing an erotic romance. Of course, I’d written off and on all my life, but once I left college and put my old word processor away, it was definitely more off than on.

I didn’t tell a single person what I was doing, even though I felt a bit like an idiot when people asked what I’d done over the weekend and I could only say “played on the computer”. I submitted an anemic form of Perfect Formation and Sue-Ellen sent me a revise and resubmit. It was so encouraging that I didn’t even get sad about the rejection, I was just excited to get back to the story. I turned the 18k I originally submitted to her into the 58k version she accepted. I managed to keep it all a secret until about a week after I’d resubmitted. Then I totally caved and told two different friends. I’m so not good with secrets! Once I got the acceptance, everyone knew very quickly what I’d been up to. I’m hugely lucky that my family and friends have all been completely supportive and encouraging. Also, now I can say, “Sorry, I’m writing,” and they don’t get mad at me when I hang up on them.

Well, I don’t really have a point here, except to say that there is nothing more encouraging for me than knowing that readers enjoyed my book. I love these characters and am thrilled that you did, too. I loved them so much, I was able to get over the embarrassment of telling my dad what the book was about. Of course, I told him he couldn’t read it, but that hasn’t stopped him from telling my aunts and uncles what I’ve done. I think he just leaves the menage part out of the telling. And the cuffs. And the sex. But he’s become a pro at sending them to my website. Which you might like to visit to see a blurb and excerpt of Perfect Formation, or my other release (a paranormal) Alpha Turned.

I hope my rambling hasn’t scared you off completely. Thanks for having me. 😛

KB Alan

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5 Comments
  1. 9 March 2010 12:55 pm

    Thanks, Sarah and Paula!

  2. 9 March 2010 8:56 am

    Hi KB! Lovely to see you here and huge congratulations on your nom!

  3. Sarah permalink
    9 March 2010 12:29 am

    Hi KB,

    Congratulations on the nomination.

    I know what you mean about wanting to read all the books. Every time I look at the blogs I add more books to my lists. At least you have the excuse of writing a book for not getting any reading done:-)

    Good luck.

    Sarah

  4. 8 March 2010 5:06 am

    Thanks, Helen!

    I went from about 5-10 books a week to 5-10 books a month. Definitely an adjustment. But the benefits are pretty awesome. I found out after writing this post that my editor is accepting my manuscript, so my third book will be out this year (shh, don’t tell anyone, we’re finalizing the title so I haven’t made an announcement yet ). The most frustrating thing is coming into contact with so many fabulous authors, or seeing awards like this with such a great list of books, and not having the time to read them all!

    KB

  5. Helen permalink
    7 March 2010 7:55 pm

    Huge congrats KB on being a finalist and good luck.

    I honestly don’t know what I would do if I didn’t have books to read they are so a part of my life and truly I thank all of the authors that take me to places I haven’t been and for the wonderful adventures along the way to a HEA.

    Have Fun
    Helen

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