What genres I write in and then some…

First, I write fiction, and only fiction.  What can I say, I’m lazy.  I don’t want to do a million hours of research on a subject that may or may not interest me a day, month, or year from now.

Honestly, though, I’m not lazy when it comes to my writing.  I spend upwards of twelve hours writing on my computer, getting out what my characters want me to say, to tell their story.  And then I edit, and edit, and edit some more before putting it away for days or months, and then I edit that bad boy again.  I’m a perfectionist when it comes to my writing, and I feel that it’s a disservice to my characters and readers, both, to have an ill edited story.  I’ve learned over seven years what it takes to be an author, and I have to say, I was surprised at just how much work goes into a novel before it’s ever published.  But I love it, or I wouldn’t continue writing and striving to be an author.

Now that I’ve mumbled about being an author, and what a damn perfectionist I am, let’s go forward, shall we?  Because I could go on and on about writing and what I do to make things just right.

The genres I write are Romance, Urban Fantasy, Alternative Lifestyle, and Erotica.  Those four genres are almost always mixed into my novels.  Take, for instance, my novella, the one I’m getting ready to put out in a month or so, when I figure out what the actual (non-working) title will be, and the cover.  That novella has elements of romance, urban fantasy (vampire), and alt life combined.  I love merging genres, mostly because no one book is just one genre, no matter how much anyone wants to say.  Even Harlequin romance has elements of mystery or action/adventure.  And yes, I’ve read the slim Harlequin romance books, which I like in small doses.

I write in the first person perspective, mostly because I really like getting into the head of one primary character.  I also really like reading from authors who write in FP, mostly because it allows me to “be” that person while I’m in the story, not to say I can’t “be” that person when I’m reading third person, but that’s more like I’m an observer, not an actual “character” in the book.

Okay, so that’s my genres and then some.  Hopefully I’ll have news about my next book, a medium length novella (about the same length as Unearthly Yarns), sometime in the near future (and by that I mean, probably a month or two).  The next installment of what makes Rickianne tick will be…drum roll please…characters in my head.

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Ghosts, Vampires, oh my!

Ghosts have always been in my life, from my gram, aunt, dad, and my own experiences.  First and foremost, I lived in New Hampshire during my formative years.  NH is one of the most haunted places in America, at least to those who live there and to me.  I have been to Europe and though it reminded me of NH, I just never found that the spooky atmosphere was there.  Europe was old, beautiful, and holds plenty of history, but holds nowhere near the atmosphere of NH.  When my hubby and I came back to New Mexico, my sister invited me to NH, just this past year.  And let me tell you, after being in Europe, NH is still the spookiest place I have been.  So, in all, my life has always had ghosts in it.

Vampires are a different story, and one day I’ll publish my vampire novels.  Vampires are fascinating, obviously or books/movies wouldn’t sell well.  I got into the whole vampire thing when my dad took me to a used bookstore when I first arrived in NH in my early teen years.  I loved the fact that vampires were powerful and timeless.  And then I made up my own take on an old concept, but that’s what I adore about the vampire sub-genre, the ability to change things you don’t necessarily like about certain vampire “norms”.  One day, we’ll all know what I had in my head about those alluring (and sometimes not so alluring) creatures.

That’s all I’ve got for now.  Next time on what makes Rickianne tick will be how boring an author’s life can be…just kidding.  Actually, I may write about what genres I write in. Not like you can’t guess, considering the two paragraphs above, or if you’ve read Unearthly Yarns. 😉

It’s Been Awhile

Oh, yeah it has.  I’m not a very good blogger, mostly because I have no idea what the heck to say.  I could bore everyone with the daily drags of being a stay at home non-mommy.  Sure, I have four dogs and a horse, but they all take care of themselves.  I’m fortunate enough to have a hubby that makes it easy for me to stay at home.  I dislike housework even though I get off my butt once in a while and do it.  Dishes suck a big fat toe.  Laundry is the bane of my existence, even though it’s a necessary evil.  And sweeping and mopping can go get bent.  I live in my head most of the time.  Alright, alright!  All of the time.  It’s very difficult being me. 😉

I fade in and out of conversations, picking what I want to listen to, and what I don’t want to.  I make it a priority not to remember certain things, which is an excellent quality for someone that doesn’t write all the fricken time.

My hubby is one understanding fellow, mostly because when he has something going on for his work…yeah, you know.  I’m busy with whatever my characters are yammering at me about.  It’s like having a whole other life in my head.  Maybe it’s just me, maybe I’m different from other authors out there, but to be honest, I’m me, and I absolute love having a zillion characters in my head.  I get to know them, to experience a completely different life than the one I lead, not that my life isn’t good or anything, it’s just that I like to experience where my characters lead me.

For now, that’s all I’ve got.

On the next installment of what makes Rickianne tick, I’ll be explaining why I was so interested in writing ghost stories.  Hopefully. 🙂