Thursday, October 6, 2011

Four-Way Thursday, Naturally

 So, normally, things around the Daily Dose of Decadence blog would be known as “Three-Way Thursday” today. But I just can’t make that work. Because, you see, my debut Decadent title, just released on September 30, is about a foursome. So, in the spirit of my contemporary erotic ménage JUST GOTTA SAY, it’s Four-Way Thursday, just for today! *winks*

This Four-Way Thursday…

Here’s what I’m thankful for:
I’m thankful that I get to be a writer. In my day job, I work as a college history professor. I’ve always liked my job. I’m good at it. I studied to be a professor for a long time. I receive good student evaluations, my scholarship has been well received, and I like my colleagues. Once I started writing fiction a little over three years ago, though, I realized the difference between doing something you “like” it and “are good at” it, and doing something you love because you simply can’t not do it. That’s what writing is like for me. Despite the fact that writing is hard work, it doesn’t feel like work to me. I look forward to doing it, sneak some time in for it whenever I can. I love the creativity and freedom of my writing life. And I’m absolutely thrilled about all the writer and reader friends I’ve made along the way. I’m very thankful to be a writer.

Here’s what I’m thoughtful about:
Writers live a life of the mind, so this one’s tricky! I would have to say I struggle to be thoughtful about maintaining balance in my life, in so many ways. Balance between the need to keep my butt in a chair and my fingers on a keyboard, and to make time to exercise and be healthy. Balance between my desire to play with my characters and my kids. Balance between my need to keep up with the million non-writing tasks a writer’s job entails and the million domestic tasks being a wife and mother involves. Balance between reading or writing Just. One. More. Chapter. and getting a decent night’s sleep. I don’t think these things are unique to me, by any means. But they are the challenges I’m always thinking about how to work out.

Here’s what I’m thirsty for:
This one’s easy. I’m most thirsty for the day when I can make writing a full-time job. I have four books releasing in 2011 and five more in 2012, and that’s just the ones I know for sure. Having sufficient time to meet my writing commitments—whether writing, revising, editing, or promoting—is my single biggest challenge. And working a full-time job and being a mother to two young children (ages 5 and 7) in addition to the very exciting developments in my writing career is sometimes a whole lot to juggle. I’m loving every minute, but that doesn’t keep me from thirsting for the day I make enough income from my writing to do it full-time.

And, a Four-Way extra, here’s what I’m thunderstruck by:
Two things have most surprised me about being a writer. First, I am in fact thunderstruck by how much my characters have become a part of my life. I think about them all the time. They talk to me. I see things in my real life that remind me of my characters. They’ve introduced me to new music interests and, when I’m writing them, do and say things I never expected—just as if they were separate people with independent needs, wants, and interests all their own. This is completely fascinating to me, and one of the things I love about writing. The second thing I’m absolutely awed about is hearing from readers that my stories mean something to them. Even if it’s just that they were having a bad day until they read your book, and your words made them forget it all. Recently, one reader told me that one of my books is her “happy book”—whenever she’s feeling down, she re-reads my story and it makes her feel better. A few months ago, a reader in ill health said my stories were the one thing that made her forget the pain that keeps her bedridden. There are no words to describe how deeply honored I am to impact someone’s life in this way, even if only for a few hours. Thunderstruck is not too strong a word, not in the least.

So, that’s Four-Way Thursday for ya! There’s more about JUST GOTTA SAY for you, down below!

Thanks for reading!
Laura Kaye

Here’s the blurb:

Callie Davis stumbles upon two of her three male roommates in a surprising, molten-hot midnight tryst and discovers a side of herself she never knew existed. Desire to play with them grips her, and she can’t stop fantasizing about having multiple men, particularly her three long-time best friends.

Callie is thrilled when a guys’ night out gives her the perfect opportunity to recreate her fantasy, with the help of a threesome porn video and a bag of sex toys. That is, until Lucas, Jack and Noah return early and catch her in the act. More than anything, the guys want to make her fantasy come true. But Callie has a secret, and she can’t help wondering if being with all three men will risk the future she’s always wanted with one of them.

As three strong sets of hands caress and undress her, Callie surrenders to desire, because sometimes you just gotta say...yes.

WANT TO WIN JUST GOTTA SAY? Come visit me during the remainder of the Just Gotta Blog Tour virtual book tour! Here’s where you can find me:

10/7: Author interview at Book Lovers, Inc.

10/12: Guest blog at Mare’s Place

10/29: Show and Tell Saturday at Daily Dose of Decadence


Barbara Elsborg said...

Ahhh Laura, making readers happy is what it's all about, isn't it!! You have a lot to juggle in your life - you must be one organised lady!!!

books4me said...

I agree with Barbara that it is amazing that you have time to write books, great books, and do it all also!

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Jessica E. Subject said...

I completely understand what you mean by the characters becoming a part of your life. And going back to edit their story is like meeting up with old friends.

Laura Kaye said...

Thanks for all the great comments everyone. Now that the book promotion side of it all has hit, I feel a ton less organized than before!!! LOL

heather said...

Great post, Laura. As a reader, my favorite characters and stories can just as easily be real to me too.

Anonymous said...

I'm a reader and the characters are real to me, so I can appreciate how it is for the author. lisagk(at)yahoo(dot)com

Laura Kaye said...

heather and lisagk - As a reader myself, I totally agree and get what you're saying! Thanks for commenting!