Every so often a new big thing comes along in the book world. This year’s big thing is Fifty Shades of Grey. As an author you can hope one day something you write will be the start of a whole new wave of fiction. You might even think about jumping on the bandwagon and try writing something to fit the new fad. The problem is the wheels of the publishing world grind very slowly.
By the time you’ve typed The End, polished your story, submitted it to a publisher, and then, assuming you get an acceptance, gone through edits and finally hit the bookshelves the wave will be over. The public will have moved on to something shiny and new and your beautifully written masterpiece is in the specials bin, buy four for a dollar.
E-publishers move a little faster than their traditional counterparts but in the stampede of authors desperate to be the next EL James you are likely to fade into the background or be wiped out by a tsunami of similar books.
As an author I choose to write what I love. To let my mind wander where it wants and to bring the characters it creates to life. So, is there anyway to catch the wave of a new phenomenon if you are not willing to take a risk on chasing it down? Sometimes, if you’re really lucky, the planets align and just as the wave crests, a book you have just published has enough similar elements to catch the tail and ride the beast to shore.
Do I have such a book? I write romantic comedy. My hero isn’t tortured by his past. My heroine is not a college girl. However, sex is a minefield they are both traversing as they experiment with the boundaries of their relationship. Just how far down the BDSM path is my heroine prepared to let my hero take her? Time will tell.
A nymphomaniac octogenarian great aunt, a frigid mother, and a BDSM male strip club, what could possibly go wrong?
Sam Stephens and Meg Riley are in love, and finally on the cusp of sex anytime, anywhere, anyhow. That is until Meg’s Great Aunt Maud, the octogenarian nymphomaniac, gets tossed out of the old folk’s home and moves in with them, closely followed by her polar opposite, Meg’s scarily frigid mother.
When Meg’s best friend Laura convinces Aunt Maud to invest in Male Review, a BDSM themed male strip joint, it seems to be just one more step along the path to madness. Laura’s last venture ended with Meg being arrested as a pimp. When former prostitute Michael is hired as the bar manager the whole thing is surely destined for disaster. He’s to blame for the crazies invading Meg’s home and even worse, he still has the hots for her.
If she wants to get her life back all Meg needs to do is find a new home for Maud, resolve the dispute between her warring parents, keep Michael at arm’s length and rescue her relationship with Sam before it disintegrates completely. Male Review appears to be just one more problem to deal with, but perhaps it could provide an unexpected solution.