#SpankA2Z: K is for write what you KNOW…

A2Z-logo2015Welcome to day 11 of the 2nd Annual Spanking A to Z blog challenge. Throughout June, spanking fiction authors will post a blog corresponding to a different letter of the alphabet, beginning with A and ending with Z. Many of the blogs, including mine, will focus on some aspect of spanking and/or the authors’ books, but you’ll also run across many random, but fun topics.

K is for writing what I KNOW

Quite a few author friends are attorneys and have used their legal backgrounds in their stories.  Many other authors have medical expertise. Me, I’ve always been a writer in one form or another. I’ve worked as a newspaper reporter, freelance writer, and public relations director for a nonprofit and for the insurance industry. I’ve also worked in employee communications for an aerospace corporation.

So when authors are encouraged to “write what they know,” for me, that’s writing. Journalism is kind of interesting, and I did use my news reporting in False Pretenses. But to be honest, if I’d thought corporate PR was that thrilling, I’d still be doing it, so I don’t really want to use that in a story.

Right now, what I “know” is what it’s like to be an author. The burning drive to write, the challenges of working at home, the struggle to balance family demands with career, the emotional highs and lows that rise and fall with sales, rankings, and reviews.

My husband supports what I do, and he’s proud of what I’ve accomplished, but…that doesn’t mean he doesn’t sometimes get resentful of the time I spend doing it. I don’t know any successful, full-time author who hasn’t experienced some “push-back” from spouse and family.

For my 20th book, Stolen Moments, I decided to write about what I know–but give it a little twist. In this short romance, the husband is the erotic romance author and the heroine is his long-suffering wife who craves more attention.

Stolen Moments will be released July 7 for 99 cents. To be notified of its release, sign up for my new release newsletter. (You can unsubscribe at any time by clicking on a clink in the newsletter).

StolenMoments600x900Is it crazy to be jealous of a fictional character?

While Mary Sue is proud of her construction-worker husband Billy’s new-found success as an author of spanking novels, she also finds herself resentful of Beverly Golightly, the fictional heroine who gets everything Mary Sue wants: her man’s undivided attention, lots of hot loving, and many delicious spankings.

But is Mary Sue’s jealousy any crazier than the plan she hatches to recapture her husband’s attention?

Stolen Moments …A romantic comedy/spanking romance coming July 7 for 99 cents!


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4 Responses to #SpankA2Z: K is for write what you KNOW…

  1. I want to comment on one piece of this so hope you don’t mind! I think boundaries and protecting your time/space is important when it comes to the pushback piece. I know we (my family) struggled with that, especially at the start, and I take my share of the responsibility in that. I was so focused on the writing that when I read about a woman having a similar type of situation saying how she feared her kids would only remember her eyebrows over top of her computer monitor, I kind of started to get it.

    We’re all a lot better with this now, I write in the mornings and when the kids are at school and my husband is working. I don’t write on weekends (mostly unless it’s before release and I’m revising and I make this clear to the family so we’re all on the same page) and I don’t write in the evenings. It helps for me to both protect the writing time and the family time and not get resentful (and that goes the other way around too).

    Oh and on those highs and lows from sales/rankings/reviews…haven’t figured how to move beyond that part yet 😉

    • Cara Bristol says:

      Thanks, Natasha. It sounds like you’ve got the boundary part worked out for you and your family. My one boundary is that I have a tacit agreement with my husband to quit work around 4 p.m. My husband is 14 years older than me, and he retired young, so he is home 24 hour a day.

      As you know, writing is a full time job. And because I work from home, I have the flexibility to run errands, schedule appointments during the week, exercise, etc. which takes away from my work day. To make up for the time lost, the work bleeds into weekends (not so much night time).

      I could become regimented and go back to the 5 day work week, errands & personal business on weekends, but I would lose the flexibility I really like.

      I also believe family expectations are different for people who work at home. If I had an outside job, nobody would complain (much) that I wasn’t available 8-10 hours a day. But when I’m home working, they don’t give work the same consideration that they did before.

  2. Rollin Hand says:

    In one of my earliest efforts I took my years of experience as an IP lawyer and wrote a novel about a plot to steal the rights to an invention. How that was going to happen was based on cases I had been involved with. The “invention” was (don’t laugh) a spanking machine. Ok, it was sort a tongue-in-cheek hard boiled PI genre spankfest, but it had some kooky charm.

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