Monday, June 23, 2014

Totally Bound Publishing

Totally Bound has a brand new Imprint out, What’s his Passion? and I am thrilled to be a part of it! My contribution is Unexpected Places, a story featuring Carter Hausemann, a man who is passionate about hiking.

To celebrate the launch of What’s his Passion? Totally Bound is giving away a bundle of prizes. Enter here for your chance to win:

Pantser vs Planner—In Writing and in Life

I think the more familiar term is ‘plotter’ but since there’s plot involved and I’m a pantser, I like to use the word ‘planner’ instead.

And there, I’ve given myself away, although it’s certainly no big secret. When I start a book, unless it’s one in a very connected series, I usually have nothing more than character names in my head to start with. It’s just me, and that intimidating blank page on Word. Sometimes there’s sweating and panicking and maybe even whimpering along with bargaining with any deity willing to listen. Other times everything just flows out easily.

I like the challenge of it all, and when I’ve tried outlining as I’ve seen many amazing authors do, it never quite works out for me. Never quite should just be never. Maybe it’s because I’ve never done well under strict guidelines—though certainly I’ve learned to bend on them. Whatever the reason, flying by the seat of my pants, or writing that way, works best for me.

That’s not to say when it comes to a series book that I don’t have notes. Lots of notes, but the plot itself isn’t firmed up. There is always a certain goal to be met with every book, but the how of it all is never clear until I’m in the midst of writing it.

There is always panic, where I think I’ve gotten myself into something I can’t write out of, but it tends to resolve itself if I just relax and go with it.

Unsurprisingly, a lot of my day-to-day life is lived spur of the moment. I have no trouble waking up, tossing some clothes and necessities in a bag, and hitting the road to go to the beach or the mountains in New Mexico on a whim, time and money permitting. Well, time is negotiable. I can write almost anywhere, and the beach is as inspiring as the mountains.

I enjoy life, and I enjoy writing, even when it seems like writer’s block is going to win. And I’m not saying I enjoy anything more than a person who plans—life isn’t a competition, and if it were, I’d be in trouble. That takes a certain kind of energy that I lack.

How do you approach life?

Blurb for Unexpected Places:
Love finds you in the most unexpected places.
Carter Hausemann loves his adventures in the great outdoors. He never feels as free and happy as he does when he’s hiking up a mountain or over a desert trail. After a childhood spent locked indoors, he craves the sunlight on his face and the blanket of moonlight.
Unfortunately, he has to work, so his hiking trips aren’t as frequent as he would like.
He has a new adventure planned, but little does he know, his real adventure will start at a worn-down looking club in Odessa, Texas. Carter’s dreams of finding his perfect men will become more than fantasy, starting with one sexy leather-clad man, Eddie Canales. What starts out as a night of debauchery turns into so much more. 

About Bailey
A few things about me…

I am a married to a lovely man who supports everything I do and encourages me to be myself. I am also a mom who spends most of the day writing, either on stories for books or at the blog. I love to write as much as I love to read. I am generally quiet and laid back, choosing to let things slide off me rather than stick to me and be irritating.

And it’s really hard trying to think of descriptives for myself, so I’ll just let y’all e-mail me or comment at the blog if there’s something specific you’d like to know, and spare you from reading a boring bio.


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