Hey there! I'm Mandy Rosko, an immature woman-child who still plays videogames and loves getting stuck in my own head. Writing can be a pain in the ass sometimes, especially when the words just will. Not. Come (lol, see what I did there?), but I'd rather be doing that any day of the week than, say, working a traditional job ;)
Seriously, though, I love what I do. If I couldn't read or write, I think I'd die. I need the people inside of my head in order to function properly. I need fictional characters to function, period. They give me a harmless escape that I really need. I write paranormal, M/M, and have recently started dipping my toes into erotic (I'm a bad girl :3)
Maureen Fisher brought me this blog hop, she's a great lady and she and I are in the same writing group that's affiliated with RWA. Check out her awesome blog here.
You can also read up on her latest books, and on her post about her Writing Process as well. Here, you will read all about mine.
What am I working on?
Okay, so, as for what I'm working on, right now my new erotic trilogy is a bit on the darker side of things that I normally do. The first book is a little less than 45,000 words at the moment, and the first draft is finished and currently with a reader. The premise is kind of x-men-ish, even though I'd wanted it to be paranormal. The heroine is a fire-starting pyro (I called her Cindy. Yay for originality!), and the hero, Jack, is from a family of hunters who are trained to track down paranormals and sell them for any kind of government study. Cindy and Jack used to be in a relationship and were very much in love, until the hero's house burned down around him while he and his father and brothers were still locked inside of it, leaving him terribly scarred, and his father and brothers dead 0.o I'm mean, I know. Obviously Cindy is responsible. She's a pyro, and the night of the fire happened to be on the same day he told her that his family hunts down her kind for a living, and when he tried to find her afterward, she was just gone.
Stupid him for trusting that she would understand, and to believe him when he told her that he wouldn't ever hurt her and wanted no part of that life. Now Jack wants nothing but to be a hunter, and his mission is to find Cindy and bring her in. When he catches her, he has a whole lot of time to do whatever the hell he wants to her—whatever he wants—until she's picked up, and he doesn't believe a word of it when she claims to be innocent.
How is it different from other stories in my genre?
It's hard to make anything in paranormal that's really different anymore. It seems like it's all been done, so there's not going to be any special powers that no one has ever seen before. I want this to be about the two of them getting back together despite all the anger and accusations. As far as being different from other romances, then I'd say it's different in the way that Jack treats Cindy a little rougher than some other hero's would in his position. But only a little. I don't want to make it too dark @_@ And Cindy's not going to lie down and take it either. Not in the end. She'll let Jack be as rough as he needs to, and she'll manipulate him to the best of her abilities to get him to see that she was innocent in the whole thing. This includes offering up her body in the hope that he'll remember how good they used to be together, and then let her go.
Why do I write what I do?
I have no idea. I'm still trying to figure out what I like best when it comes to my writing. I've written paranormals, medievals, books with a lot of sex and books with little to no sex, and when I was younger, a really dark teen contemporary (which is lost forever I'm sure, since I can't find it anywhere >:( grrr...) but it seems I'm a little drawn to angsty stories lately, or maybe I always have been. I love reading about when a character is down and been kicked in the head so much that you think he, or she, will never get up again, but then they do, despite wanting to lay down and just disappear. These stories usually involve help from another person, which is where my romance comes into play, but keeping the underdog an underdog and not a whining victim is challenging, and I'm working to make sure this new series prevents Cindy and Jack from either of them being whiny victims.
How does my writing process work?
Very on and off. I have a couple of different pen names, and one of them is getting more attention than the others at this point, so I can only get my writing in for this new series when I get the time. Having my iPad is great for this, because I can be lying in bed, and I'll want to crank out a few sentences before sleep takes me. So I'll open up my file and start typing on the touch screen. I get a lot of spelling mistakes in by doing that, but I also can get in 500 or 1000 words where I otherwise wouldn't have gotten any. Another great big help is the Write or Die app. I love that thing. It's basically a program you can put on your computer, put a time limit on it, the number of words you want to get done, and then click go.
If you stop writing for more than a few seconds, then the screen will start flashing a bright red, and depending on your settings, it will even screech at you as it eats your words. Really good motivation to keep writing even when you don't feel the words. Also very masochistic >:)
I've also recently discovered that I enjoy certain types of music for certain scenes. Really sad and depressing scenes get sad songs. Sex scenes get sexy songs, and light hearted scenes get light hearted songs.
etc etc. But a good example of this would be Barcelona's Please Don't Go. I used that song while writing under my different pen name to get the feel for a death scene. It was awesome. Another song I used for a love scene was Sleeping with a Friend, by Neon Trees. That's the sort of lovey song you'd expect to listen to as the credits rolled and the HEA finally got there, or right before two drunk friends were about to start making out, which was where the trouble would occur in the story.
Stay tuned for the update on who will be writing in next week!
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Cheers and happy writing ;)