Where I Got The Idea For Such A Taboo Subject.

“Dicey, you seem like such a sweet, smart, sane woman. Where in the world did you get the idea to write about a thirty-nine-year-old married mother of three having an affair with a sixteen-year-old boy?”

Good question. I have every intention of answering, but you know I like to do lengthy intros first. So…

First off, thanks! I am a little sweet and smart, but I’m insane in the membrane. And I’m not the only one because the idea for my novel SHAMEFUL derived from a discussion with a close friend, who thought it would be an interesting topic as well. Plus, sales of my book have been going quite well. So, that tells me others are interested in reading something different. Even if it is taboo.

Secondly, thanks for actually asking me about it. Normally, when I tell folks about the book, they start counting how many kids I have. I have TWO. I look nothing like the woman on the cover. I have never cheated on my husband. I was thirty-four when I first started writing the story, and I’m only thirty-seven now. No, the book is not a memoir. It’s not an autobiography. It is NOT about me or my family. Got it?

Now…

How did my friend and I get on the topic?

We had just finished reading…

(drum roll, please)

The TWILIGHT series.

You read right.

We read all four books. In a little over a week.

I am a vampire fanatic who fell in love with Jacob’s character. 1. He’s a huge dude, well over six feet. 2. He’s at least 110 degrees hot, which I prefer over Edward’s ice coldness. 3. He’s sweet and devoted to Bella, who’s constantly getting his feelings trampled on. 4. He has a Native American-tanned complexion and long hair…until he cuts it. 5. He can turn into a killing machine and kick some ass.

My homegirl and I were squealing over his character like all the rest of the Twihard teenage girly fans. And it seemed weird. I mean Jacob’s a teenager in the books. It didn’t seem right to love his character so much. At least we could watch the movies without feeling pervy. Because Taylor Lautner didn’t quite look like the Jacob we imagined.

Then he packed on thirty pounds of muscle.

Hello.

Our convos got reeeeally interesting then. And I saw bunches of forums with grown-ass women discussing Jacob/Lautner too. Most had completely overlooked his age, which was seventeen at the time. Others wrote about all the “interesting” things they’d do to ol’ Lautner after he turned eighteen. Not that it mattered, because none would EVER have a shot with him, but I looked up the age of consent laws and learned he was legal in most states.

Hmmm.

My story had been born. BUT that wasn’t good enough. And older woman having a younger lover has been done a million times in a million different ways. I deliberately dropped his age to sixteen so that I could address all the issues that would arise if those middle-aged women from the forums actually did get their hands on an underage Lautner…or Jacob…or my character Alex.

I can’t believe I just revealed that secret.

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Total Hotness-A Writer’s Inspiration.

I’ll tell you what–there are some mighty fine male specimens walking this planet. My husband is just one of many. 🙂 And thankfully, he doesn’t mind me appreciating others that make me go mmmm.

In fact, a lot of my characters are inspired by real life hotness. Which brings me to Joe Manganiello, my eye candy of the week. A fellow who has inspired a character or two in my novels. I’ll tell you why: Muscles. Height. Ruggedness. Confidence. A man who looks like he can tear some ish up but still be delicate if asked nicely.

I love writing characters like this. Reading books that describe characters like this. And watching movies that show characters like this. Which is why I’m really looking forward to the movie Magic Mike on June 29, 2012.

According to LA Times and Huffington Post, Joe has been hinting at full frontal nudity. So I MUST watch it and evaluate for uh…artistic merit.

Oh, yeah. My girls and I have it on the calendar for a night out. There’s just too much hotness in this movie to pass up on: Channing Tatum, Mathew McConaughey, Alex Pettyfer, and Matt Bomer.

By the end of this movie, I should be ready to write five more books. One for each movie star.

“But Dicey, that’s a pretty shallow list. What about how a man is on the inside?”

Yeah, yeah, yeah. Later for all the inner qualities. Can’t I just be primal and appreciate physical appearances every once in a while?

Well, it’s my blog so…

*whispering to my fans* If you’ve read my novel Sleepy Willow’s Bonded Soul: The Narcoleptic Vampire Series Book #1, you may find it interesting to know that Joe was who I had in mind as I wrote Dario.

That is all.

Book Teaser.

Ten more days until SLEEPY WILLOW’S BONDED SOUL: The Narcoleptic Vampire Series Book #1 is released! In honor of that, I’m posting a teaser. It contains one expletive, so stop reading now if that offends you! You’ve been warned…

“He’d walked in fine as hell—tall, dark, and crazy. I knew it the moment he’d pinned his metallic blue, silver-looking stare on me. I’d wanted to bite him, fuck him, and run away at the same time.” (Willow referring to Remi)

Remi happens to be my favorite character because he’s so complex. The more layers to a character, the more fun they are to write. My mental image of him is gorgeous as hell, so that doesn’t hurt either. I’ve used photos of Israeli model, Nir Lavi, in my promo video to depict Remi.

See what I mean? Absolutely gorgeous. Fun, fun character!

 

Speaking Of Strong Female Protagonists…

My husband and I double-dated tonight and went to a nice new dinner/ movie theater to watch Colombiano. I thought it was pretty good–4.5 out of 5 dice.

I got to see Zoe Saldana kick some butt, which reminded me of how much I like seeing and reading about strong, focused women with skills to pay the bills and a soft side. That’s my ideal heroine. And that’s why I write my lead female characters that way. Zoe’s character (Cataleya) reminds me of Sleepy Willow. They’re both beautiful, both deadly, and both overcome severe obstacles. Both are smart and use their intellect along with instincts to get around dangerous situations. Neither are afraid to get down and dirty in the bedroom (PG-13 for the movie, but I know the deal) or in a fist-fight.

Strong females come in all shapes and sizes with all kinds of backgrounds and motivations. While Cataleya may be an assassin seeking revenge, she is still a woman after my own heart, just like Willow, the vampire seeking sanctuary and absolution…and blood.