Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Guest blog with Tracey Kitts

Put a little umph in it

I get asked fairly often, as I’m sure other authors do, “Why do you write about that stuff?” Meaning one of a few specific things, “Why do I write about werewolves/vampires?” or “Why do you write romance?” or more specific, “Why do you write about sex?”

It amazes me that in the society we now live, people are so afraid of the subject. Sex is not a bad thing. I truly believe that both sex and romance are healthy and for one to work out right you really need the other. But, that’s just my perspective. As I have often said, I write what I enjoy. I also get asked, “Where do you get your ideas?” That’s a tough question, considering my ideas come from everywhere. I don’t think most people realize how difficult this one is to answer. They probably also don’t realize how they look at me like I’m a nut when I try to explain. Ha. Ha.

A good portion of my ideas comes from my dreams. Literally. I don’t mean my hopes and ambitions, I mean those little movies that play in my head when I sleep. (Another reason why I’m angry when I don’t get enough rest.) If it weren’t for my dreams, some of my best scenes would never have been written. Dreaming about something gives me the remarkable pleasure of being able to live it from the inside out. I believe that being able to tell a story as if you’ve lived it makes all the difference in the world.

For example, with my latest release Frank and The Werewolf Tamer, I saw every aspect of our hero, Frank. I envisioned him in all of his perfection, felt the heat rising from his skin, felt the stubble of an unshaved beard against his face. If you can’t close your eyes and visualize characters this way, how can you ever expect the reader to do so? By the time I put a character onto the page, I can tell you what his kiss tastes like and whether or not he needs moisturizer on his hands.

I don’t believe in just taking an idea and writing about it. I believe in taking an idea and putting a little umph in it.

You can find out more about Tracey at www.traceyhkitts.com

Her latest release is Frank and The Werewolf Tamer, an erotic paranormal romance, available exclusively on Amazon Kindle.


Tina Donahue said...

Great post, Tracey. My ideas don't often come from dreams, but rather while I'm driving and doing errands. I'll be stopped at a light and suddenly a scene will pop in my mind and I'll think 'what if that were going to happen?' After that, the scenes just start flowing and I've got the kernel of my plot. :)

jean hart stewart said...

Enjoyed your post, Tracey. Close to what I do. I generally put a question in my mind right before I fall asleep and wake up with the answer. I don't necessarily dream, it's just there.Why does everyone ask where i get ideas? Who the hell knows, I don't.

Tracey H. Kitts said...

Thanks again for having me here today, Tina:) I've gotten a few ideas going down the road. Thank goodness I wasn't driving. LOL Road trips are good for creativity.

Jean, I know what you mean. Who the hell knows where all those ideas come from? LOL Only another writer will understand when I try to explain. Everyone else thinks I've got voices in my head. Well, I do, but not the way they think. LOL

Fiona McGier said...

Tracey, I just saw a poster on my author FB page posted by another author, with the caption: If I didn't empty out all of the voices from my head by writing, I'd go crazy! That about sums it up!

And I have dreamed entire plots. The Reluctant Bride was a dream...Two For Tuesday was a dream. Like you said, those are the best kinds, because you were a part of the action, so you can describe things more clearly!
Great post!

Adele Dubois said...

Hi Tracey,

I enjoyed your post. I, too, don't understand why sexy fiction still raises eyebrows.

Best of luck with your release!