This is a rather timely post as I’m currently writing outside of my comfort zone. I’m writing so far out of it in fact, that I’ve decided to use a pen name with this series. Yes, I was fool enough to commit to an entire series in a genre I’ve never come close to attempting before. I’m writing a book that is in the highest heat level the particular publisher offers. Oddly enough, the writing is coming easier by the day.
I stalled early on with a m/f/m love scene. It took me nearly a month of writing, deleting and rehashing before I finished it. Once complete, the rest of the story seems to be falling in place and nothing is taboo. To be quite honest, I’m beginning to have a lot of fun with it.
Yet, I wonder if I would be so easily swayed if I were still trying to write this under my own name. There is something very liberating about anonymity. Yes, I still had to stray outside of my own comfort level, but I do so with the knowledge that if I choose to keep it entirely a secret, no one will ever be the wiser.
I told myself I wanted to use a pen name so that my readers wouldn’t be blindsided by just how graphic this novel is, but in retrospect, I think I chose to use the pen name so I could get as nasty as I wanted and never have to worry about my mom or even worse my nonni stumbling across the book and wondering just what kind of a depraved man they have sitting at the dinner table with them at the holiday feast. In that respect, I’m willing to test my own comfort level, but not that of those around me.
As it is that time of year, I have a special present for all of my readers: A free short story.
You can read it Here.