Thursday, December 9, 2010
Author C.J. Ellisson, Guest Blog and Free e-book!
I started writing as an escape. I wanted to have fun with it, so I wrote what I liked to read. The piece quickly evolved into an erotic suspense, tinged with humor, a bit of mystery, and a slight skirting of the dark. It doesn't fit into a cookie cutter mold. I'm not sure where it would belong on the shelves.
It would be arrogant to say next to Laurell K. Hamilton, but I can say her storytelling style certainly affected me when I read her work. She's a powerful writer who even though she has taken her series in a direction I'm not thrilled with, I can't deny she is a master in her craft.
I hadn't realized when I penned my story I'd be one of the few writers who have married protagonists. Nick and Nora come to mind, so do Bones and Cat, or Amelia and Emerson... but the list is slim.
I wasn't sure if readers would respond to my unique tale with passion, adversity and strong characters. But I'm grateful to say they have. They reach out to me and write incredibly kind words about how they feel about Vivian and Rafe, how the story has moved them, reached them with certain passages, or just plain old turned them on.
Aside from the teasing I get from friends about my red-haired heroine sounding way too much like me, I can say I wouldn't change a thing. This rocky road as a new author has been a twisting, turning journey. Meeting other writers, like Denise, has been the light on the path when things get dark. We support, encourage, and inspire one another.