Did everybody see Jenna Fox’s post on her site www.jennafoxwrites.blogspot.com ? She’s an awesome author and an awesome friend, and currently building a website that’s gaining a lot of attention. So make sure you get over there and see what she’s writing about.
Jenna is the person who invited me to this blog tour, and I’ll take a moment to thank her for the invitation. I met her on a site called Ladies Who Critique. She graciously agreed to become my critique partner and helps me make my stories stronger and more polished. She writes erotic suspense and horror, so we obviously have lots in common. Go check out her author page on Amazon for a full listing of her books. You’ll be glad you did!
Now, as for me…
I’m Lola White and I love reading and writing erotica. When people ask me why I write what I write, that’s my answer. For one, the genre is sexy. For two, people have sex for many reasons – not just to have babies but because we love, we’re scared, we’re sad, we’re celebrating. People need contact and sex is another form of communication through touch.
I love exploring emotion through sex in my stories. Including steamy, sexy scenes allows me to take an emotion to the next level, through the natural progression we humans have no choice but to embrace in reality. I bring it to the pages, the highs and lows, the sappy stuff and the stuff with a harder edge.
Most erotica authors do this, of course, so you may be wondering how my stories are different, or maybe how my writing style is unique. Why should you read my stories when there is an ocean of amazing tales out there?
When I write fantasy or horror, I love delving into old legends, even obscure legends. I’ve traveled extensively and make it a point to never turn down listening to a story. I’ve heard amazing tales of various creatures, some common and some not. I’ve heard variations on the same theme and new ideas that were completely different from the norm. I love exploring these things in my stories, but I also love exploring the themes of the originals – created back in the days where every tale had a lesson. I like to take all of this and twist it on its ear, maybe you’ll get a happy ending and maybe you won’t. You have to read it to find out.
When I write erotic romance, you’re guaranteed a happy ending. I love happy endings. The real world doesn’t always provide us with a gorgeous sunset and an even more gorgeous man to ride off into it with. In these stories, I focus on the emotions between my characters – they have trust issues, maybe they’re lonely, are trying to heal from a past betrayal or heartbreak. Sometimes the romance hits them fast and hard and that makes them suspicious of each other. Sometimes it’s a slow build and the reader can journey with the heroes as they learn to open up and take a chance on love.
Whichever genre I’m writing in, I can tell you it will be steamy and full of emotion. I’ll bring you to a different world and immerse you in the journey my heroes take.
So, what am I working on now? I’ve almost always got two novels in the works, one fantasy or horror and the other romance. I never know which mood I’ll be in on any given day, but I’ve got something to write no matter what.
Currently, I’m writing the third book of my Magic in the Blood series. This is a fairly complex tale of witches living under archaic rules in a modern society. Over the course of four books, my heroes, Georgeanne and Silviu, must overcome political intrigue and magical attacks, all while helping their closest allies and friends reach positions of power where they will help my duo rise through the witching ranks. The first book has been edited and the second is about to undergo the process, so the series will hopefully makes its debut soon. Each of the four books also features one other couple struggling to find love or make their relationship work against all the odds the witching world can stack against them. This series is darker in tone than my djinn series, The Tithe Collector, which will begin coming out in 2015.
And the romance, you ask? I’ve recently written a short story for House of Erotica set in the roaring twenties. I was greatly inspired by my research – it was a wild time, a dangerous time, and society was split between class and race and ethnicity. But there were sultry blues singers on stage and glasses of moonshine poured in secret speakeasies. It was an era of drama, perfect for a series of novellas to be set in the Sirens’ Song and Dance Hall. The downstairs dancing hides the gin joint hidden upstairs, and the feisty women who work there have to deal with dangerous bootleggers, stubborn artists, and womanizing musicians – and that’s on top of the police raids and a hardnosed detective desperate to make his mark on the city.
With two different stories being written and several more being edited or plotted out, you may wonder how I can keep it all straight. My writing process is fairly simple – I write it all down longhand first. I have notebooks full of plots and scenes. I have reams of character descriptions and background stories. Most of these things will never make it to the final revision, but I come to know my characters and my worlds as if they’re my best friends and my childhood neighborhood. Inside and out. I’m detailed when it comes to all the pre-writing stuff, but once I sit down to type, I just let go of the reins and let creativity take me where it will. Since I already know my characters so well, it’s fairly easy for me to let them write the stories themselves.
Lots of people need to write in a specific place, or they listen to music or they write at a specific time. For me, none of that makes a difference, although I feel I write better early in the morning after my coffee kicks in and before the midday lag rolls around. Otherwise, I write when the inspiration strikes me. I don’t always write every day, but when the story starts to hit, I can easily write four or more chapters in a morning. I’ll absent myself from society and neglect my chores, friends and family. I’m a bit compulsive when I’m in the zone – in fact, I wrote the rough draft of Monster’s Chains in three days because the story simply unfolded before me, and I just had to make my fingers keep up on the keyboard!
If you are interested in seeing how Monster’s Chains turned out, you can find a full listing of my books on my author pages on Goodreads, Amazon and Smashwords, follow my blog here at www.lola-white.com or follow my tumblog about random sexy and ‘writerly’ things at www.authorlolawhite.tumblr.com I would suggest starting with the first in the trilogy, Demon’s Bond, but each of the three is stand-alone (and Ties of Family will be out in fall 2014).
You can also use the contact form on this website to sign up for my bi-monthly newsletter where I’ll tell you about upcoming releases, share exclusive short stories, and even give away free copies of my books.
Thanks for stopping by and getting to know a little about me. Please feel free to leave comments here or friend me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/lola-white.1690
Now go check out the other awesome ladies of this blog tour
Jenna Fox www.jennafoxwrites.blogspot.com
Theresa Hissong http://authortheresahissong.com/
Anita Cox http://authoranitacox.wordpress.com/
Penelope Syn https://penelopesyn.wordpress.com