I’m fast forwarding to the present for fear I’ll put everyone to sleep. Along with resigning as a writing instructor, I got serious about this genre called erotic romance. I spent about five seconds coming up with Vonna Harper as a pen name and submitted a novella to Ellora’s Cave. They bought. I wrote another. They bought it. And a bunch more of various lengths after that.
One thing about writing erotic romance, it taught me a great deal about the electronic publishing world. I connected with other erotic romance publishers and was off to the races. It didn’t bother me that I wasn’t being published by the traditional New York publishers. Hey, I was paying the bills doing what I love. I was and still am a bit shy about revealing the real me behind Vonna Harper, but so many writers are jumping onboard this new and exciting genre that I’m in good company.
In another of those right place, right time, right connection instances, agent Natasha Kern told me that Kensington was launching a print erotic romance line. I submitted. A week later I was agreeing to a multi book contract which led to another multi book contract which—okay, you get the story.
These days I feel like the one armed bandit writing for, I think, four publishers that specialize in erotic romance. But I’m starting to feel that restlessness, the sense that the genes my grandfather and uncle planted in me want to tackle something new.
Okay, it’s more than a feeling. Like a growing number of writers with a backlist, I’m finding new life for my old books both as self-published work and, in my case, with Samhain for their Retro Romance line. In addition, Musa Publishing put out three of my older works (one a man against nature).
Remember what I mentioned about loving romantic suspense but not being able to find a home for them? Not so much. I’m now officially entangled with Entangled Publishing to do at least one of those earlier-written r/s and they want more.
As I also mentioned at the beginning, I’m working with Musa to bring new life to my grandfather’s work and have completed his biography to be published next month so there’s that.
And here’s the kicker—I’m back with Tor AND with Melissa Singer who mentored me through those nine Native American historicals. Only this time the contract is for a paranormal thriller. The idea truly came out of left field but I LOVELOVELOVE it.
Damn but I love being a writer!
I also need a flow chart and probably a keeper.
Finally, thank goodness for my absolute favorite and most essential writing organization, Novelists Inc!
Vella Munn has been writing since dirt was new and has no other marketable skills so much continue doing the only thing she wants to in life--other than gardening, being part of her family, and walking the dogs. She wrote category romance and historicals as Vella Munn (most are being republished )and currently writes erotic romance as Vonna Harper. She lives in rural southern Oregon where she avoids shopping as much as possible and counts among her accomplishments going to Alaska and Omaha Nebraska for the college baseball world series. Her latest erotic release is Canyon Shadows with Kensington Aphrodisia.