The child of a painter and a psychic dreamer, Saloni Quinby feels spirituality and storytelling go hand-in-hand. She loves the scent of gardenia, the sound of wind chimes and the taste of honey. By listening to what isn’t said, she creates works based on unspoken desires. Saloni prefers blurred gender lines and many varieties of romance. In a world where passion must at times be restrained, she believes erotica is a pleasure to be shared. With her stories she would like to make her fantasies yours and hopes you enjoy the ride. She also writes under the name Kate Hill. Please visit her online at http://www.kate-hill.com, http://www.twitter.com/katehillromance and https://www.facebook.com/kate.hill.92505.
Top 5 Writing Needs
When I’m writing a story, there are some things that make the process easier for me. Without these conditions, I find it difficult to work. Depending on which stage the story is in, the conditions change. Right now I’d like to share my top 5 writing needs for completing the first draft of a story.
1. Solitude. It’s easy to get distracted with family and friends around. I want to join in the conversation or listen to what they’re watching on TV. When it’s time to work, I need to close my door, go to my desk and concentrate fully on writing. That’s probably why I get most work done late at night after everyone has turned in or very early in the morning before anyone else is up.
2. Music. When I’m writing a first draft of a story, I enjoy listening to music that inspires me. It’s different for every story. Some books require soft instrumentals, others folk and others metal. When writing the Weapons of Redemption series, I listened to a lot of metal.
3. Access to Research Materials. No matter how much research you do before starting a story, questions inevitably pop up while writing that first draft. I generally type directly into my computer, which makes finding answers to some questions much easier than it used to be in the days before the Internet. My desk is also in the same room as my library, so it’s easy to reach for any research books I need.
4. A Goal. When I sit down to work on a scene, I usually set a word count goal. For instance, I won’t let myself take a snack break until I reach two thousand words.
5. Breaks! Sometimes it’s hard to reach my word count goal and other days I surpass it and don’t want to stop. It’s important to get up periodically, stretch and do some exercise. Even if your mind wants to keep working, your body needs some movement.
Thanks for letting me share my writing top 5. I hope you enjoy the following excerpt from the fourth story in my Weapons of Redemption series!
Weapons of Redemption 4: Marksmen
by Saloni Quinby
(M/M Erotic Vampire)
Ansley and Brayden were stolen as boys by the hated vampire pirate, Tarun, to work aboard his ship. As men, their friendship blossomed into a deep, undeniable love. They’ve built a life together and their home is the headquarters for the brotherhood of five rebels who broke free of their hated master. In the final battle between the vampire pirate and the Weapons of Redemption, Ansley and Brayden’s love for each other will either save or destroy them.
The following excerpt from Marksmen is for readers 18 and over.
They stepped beneath the stream of warm water and Brayden pressed Ansley against the slick tile.
Their gazes locked, he said, “For over a hundred fifty years we’ve been on the run from Tarun. All five of us have risked everything and nearly lost our lives several times. This last crisis was too close. I won’t lose you.”
“Brayden, listen to me.”
“No, you listen to me. You promised you’d follow where I lead. I say we’ve run as far as we can. It’s time to stop. Do you understand what I’m saying?”
Ansley did know what Brayden meant. He sensed it and he agreed.
They couldn’t fight Tarun in the way the Weapons of Redemption had hoped they could. It would surely end in their death and the suffering of anyone who got close to them.
“I understand. It’s time to do what we have to — for us.”
A faint, sad smile tugged at Brayden’s lips. “Yes. For us. But this is for you.”
He turned Brayden to face the wall. His lover had saved him, given himself completely to Ansley regardless of the pain. Ansley didn’t clearly recall everything that happened in the cell, except for the feelings. The wildness, the violence, then the comfort and orgasmic pleasure.
He’d hurt Brayden and now he wanted to make up for it in the only way he could.
He brushed aside Brayden’s wet hair and kissed the back of his neck.
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