Today I'm turning my blog over to a fellow author from Soul Mate Publishing who also has three kids---younger than my own, but just as busy!
With the growing popularity of books like Fifty Shades of Gray, many authors are looking into writing stories they may have considered 'taboo' or 'off limits'.
Erin Bevan is here today to tell us how she approached writing her novella, The Ranch Hand. Check it out on amazon by clicking the cover.
Well, that did not happen when I wrote The Ranch Hand. In fact, I wrote The Ranch Hand two years ago sitting in my apartment in South Korea. A story about a Montana cowboy and a Texas cowgirl came to me while I was lounging on my brown sofa inside a country where cowboys and cowgirls do not exist.
You see, I was just getting into writing and I needed an idea for a story. I found a few writers groups, joined them, then anxiously searched callings for anthologies. If you work hard enough, what you're seeking will come to you, and I found a calling for an anthology. An anthology that asked for erotic cowboy stories for women.....
Well, I'm a Catholic convert, but I was raised Baptist in Arkansas, The Bible Belt capital of the United States. Erotica was not in my vocabulary growing up, and even though by this time I was an adult, I still felt the whole erotica world taboo. I even tried my hand at an erotic story before The Ranch Hand. I published it on Amazon for about two weeks before my conscious got the best of me. Naturally, I had trouble writing for this anthology as well, but I did, only for my work to get rejected, thank God!
Instead of sulking in the heartbreak of getting rejected, I decided to turn the story into a type of story I wouldn't mind reading, and one I wouldn't mind putting my name on, and that's what I did. Guess what! When I did that, it got accepted.
I guess that means we should always stay true to ourselves. I'm writing what I want.
Great piece of advice, Erin! Thanks for the post:)
This leads me into my quote of the day....
“...write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.” Madeleine L'Engle
Here's a little more info on Erin Bevan:
Born and raised in Southwest Arkansas, Erin spent her teenage years working for her aunt at the local gas station flipping burgers and making milkshakes dreaming of the day when something better would come her way.
Fast forward ten years later, she found herself stuck inside an apartment in South Korea while her daughter went to preschool and her husband went to work. Alone and unable to speak the local language she turned to books for a friend. After reading a few hundred in such a short time, she decided to try her hand at writing one.
That first one turned out terrible, but by the fifth and sixth book, Erin started to get the hang of this writing thing. Getting the first contract in the mail was a dream come true. Now, with three babies at home, she squeezes in stories one word at a time, one sentence at a time, one day at a time. She’s a full time mom, a full time wife, with a little writer sprinkled in whenever she can get the chance.
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And Check out her novella, The Ranch Hand by clicking the cover above!