First of all, thanks so much to Novelspot for hosting me this week. This has been a favorite site of mine since my first book was published and Allie Bates does very well by her guests.
It seems as if all my life I’ve wanted to be a writer in some form or other. (After I found out I wasn’t going to Hollywood to be a big star! LOL!). I was always making up stories in my head and telling them to my dolls. They’ve always been my best audience—they love everything!
In high school I wrote short stories in my spare time, nothing I ever pursued just things I wanted to get down on paper. I did, however, write a one-act play all in French for my French class.
By the time I got to college I had more stories crowding into my head shouting to get out. However, in one Freshman English class I nearly lost interest completely. The purpose of the class was to teach us how to construct a thesis statement. After a brief introduction of your topic, you state your point of view on the topic directly and often in one sentence. This sentence is the thesis statement, and it serves as a summary of the argument you'll make in the rest of your paper.
Now, this is something I’ve used in all of my writing. I set the stage in the opening paragraph then through action or dialogue establish the who, what, where, when and why of the book before giving away too much of the plot. Unfortunately, the story the professor chose to use as an example was Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka, about a man who wakes up and realizes he’s turned into a giant cockroach. We worked that story to death and to this day whenever I see a cockroach I have nightmares! You’ll never find them in my stories.
So. In the years after that I got married, had children, but still never lost my love of writing. For five years I managed to do part-time work for a string of weekly newspaper, covering everything from county commission meetings to night court to Halloween parties. Again, I learned some useful tools—an economy of words and how to write to deadline. I also learned editing skills which seemed to take a vacation from my brain when I began writing fiction.
Still determined to write the greatest novel of all time, I took a night course in creative fiction.
That one was definitely an eye-opener. Tune in tomorrow for more details.
Tomorrow: Desiree Holt Day 2
Desiree Holt’s writing is flavored with the rich experiences of her life, including a long stretch in the music business representing every kind of artist from country singer to heavy metal rock bands. For several years she also ran her own public relations agency handling any client that interested her, many of whom might recognize themselves in the pages of her stories. She is twice a finalist for an EPIC E-Book Award, a nominee for a Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award, winner of the first 5 Heart Sweetheart of the Year Award at The Romance Studio as well as twice a CAPA Award for best BDSM book of the year, winner of two Holt Medallion Awards of Merit, multiple winner of the Whipped Cream Book of the Week Award and is published by five different houses. Romance Junkies said of her work: “Desiree Holt is the most amazing erotica author of our time and each story is more fulfilling then the last.”