Today I would like to give a warm welcome back to author, Samanthe Beck, this time joining us with her second book - Lover Undercover!
Thanks, Crystal, for having me back at Reading Between the Wines, to talk about my new Brazen release, Lover Undercover! Lover Undercover came out earlier this month, close on the heels of my debut novel, Private Practice…also from Entangled’s super-sexy Brazen line.
With only two books under my belt, there’s not much about being an author I can speak to with authority, but I can tell you there are some big differences between writing your first book and the second.
I wrote Private Practice in my own time, according to my own half-assed writing schedule, which tended to get interrupted by everything from my four year old asking tough questions like, “Why do we have a butt?” to my need to search out pictures of hot guys on the Internet in the name of “character research.” I wasn’t contracted yet, so I didn’t have a deadline looming. No stress if I didn’t hit my word count goal for the day.Once I got a contract, with deadlines and all, I had to come up with an actual, etched in stone, (well, etched in sand), writing schedule. Now I treat it like a job. Best job ever, but yep, it’s a job!
The way I wrote changed too. I morphed from a pantser (someone who “writes by the seat of her pants”), to more of a plotter, (who plans out every scene ahead of time). I probably have a hundred drafts of Private Practice saved on my computer. My heroine, Ellie, negotiates with local bad boy, Tyler, for five lessons on how to be wilder in bed, so she can win the affections of town golden boy Roger. I had a lot of fun experimenting with Tyler and Ellie’s syllabus. Maybe I’d have them do this…or that…or, whoa…maybe that? Let’s put it this way;Private Practice has a LOT of deleted scenes!
Now I sell a story based on the synopsis I submit to my editor, so when I write, I write tighter to the synopsis. In Lover Undercover, my heroine Kylie poses as her twin sister Stacy and works Stacy’s shifts at a strip club. My hero, Trevor, is an undercover homicide cop investigating the murder of one of the club’s VIP customers. The story unfolds in a strip club, so I got to write lots ofhot-and-heavy scenes where Kylie dances for Trevor, but I was able to get right down to it because I knew what Kylie would be wearing, what music she’d dance to, what type of dance, and how Trevor would react. How did I know? Those details were all there in the synopsis I’d created. I felt way more efficient the second time around.
Which method works better? I’ll have to let the readers judge!
Entangled is giving away one digital copy of Lover Undercover to one reader. To enter, just leave a comment on this post or question for Samanthe. Then fill out the rafflecopter below. Good luck!