Poke, Poke, Poke (SFW-ish)

I’m inspired by Nora Sakavic’s example to mine through some old fiction for missing scenes. Don’t you love missing scenes? I’ve been consumed by the Foxhole Court books, a series called All For the Game, and because it’s my way, I then read the author’s entire website. (My habit of doing this is one of the things that motivates me to write a lot here on the site; the more I write, the less likely it is that random travelers will stumble upon something old and horrifying.) Nora’s site, Courting Madness, is a gold mine for the hungry obsessive reader;

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Five Times Henry Was in Charge (NSFW)

Five times Henry was in charge, and one time he wasn’t. This is a Control the Smutwriter story, selected by the folks on the mailing list. Five times Henry was in charge and one time he wasn’t. 1. The first time they tried a blindfold, Henry spilled an entire glass of water on the bed. He wasn’t the one with the blindfold on. 2. After roughly three months of begging (Henry called it begging; Math called it “persuasive asking”), Henry finally tied Math to the bed. It was easier to stay focused with Math watching him, but on the other

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Origin Stories: The New Born Year

There may be spoilers. Probably not so much, but maybe. The New Born Year was my reward for surviving my first year of publishing. I looked forward to writing this for about four months while I wrote the entire Home Series and Red and Bad (Serial One). It's still one of my favorite things I've written in the last few years. The inspiration for this book was Winterfair Gifts by Lois McMaster Bujold. Winterfair Gifts comes after a long line of books in the Vorkosigan Saga and jumps POV to a relatively minor character. (Roic, who is a much larger character now, but at the

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Origin Stories: The Boyfriends Tie the Knot

Spoiler alert: the boyfriends get married in this book. Okay, so there were a few times I tried to weave together two stories in one book, and failed massively. But in TBTTK I got it right. (At least, I think I got it right.) This is the story of Hugh and Truman getting married, and their best man's presence standing up with them at their wedding is far from traditional. It's always the story of how Hugh and Truman's best man started over with the woman he never really stopped thinking about. I wanted this book to be...hot. Okay, you got me,

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Origin Stories: Roller Coasters

Oh, Davey. Dear Davey, Dude, I am so sorry. I will make it up to you, I swear. Love, Kris. I'm an escapist writer. Always have been. My nonfiction is generally loved and adored by people who know me, almost none of whom have ever read a word of my fiction (and it's not all porn, people; my loved ones don't read the tame stuff, either). I can't stand writing nonfiction. I write fiction to find the rushing river at the heart of all stories, and nonfiction doesn't let me get there. I don't like writing characters who resemble me

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Origin Stories: Fairy Tales

Oh, Fairy Tales. Real spoilers start about halfway through. There's a note. At some point in the middle of 2014 I decided to write a romance novel. As with most things my brain decides, it latched onto the idea and for a few months I wrote (and read) nothing but romance novels. I'd written romance novels before, a handful of times, but I'd never thought of them as romance novels, so this was basically my muse with a brand new chew toy: taking other people's books apart until there was fluff everywhere, destroying the squeaker, generally making a nuisance of itself. No,

March 9th, 2015|Categories: blog|Tags: , , , |
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Origin Stories: Breaking Down

[Here there be spoilers.] Breaking Down is one of the hardest things I've ever written. It touches on a lot of shit that reads to me like open wounds, and throughout the process of writing, then redrafting, then revising it, I frequently felt like I was executing the writerly version of that old game Operation; the story was a wide open body, all exposed nerve endings, and if I hit any note wrong it would sound an alarm. A friend of mine, who's only ever read the descriptions for my books, thinks I gave Molly a bad ride. (And, indeed, if

March 3rd, 2015|Categories: blog|Tags: , , , |

Origin Stories: Unexpected Gifts

Probably not real strong spoilers, but if you're sensitive: here there may be spoilers. I love Molly. So, Unexpected Gifts faced a similar challenge to Hugh's New Dude, though at the time I didn't realize anyone reading The Scientific Method expected Will and Hugh to actually hook up at the end. (Did I mention I'm aromantic? Yep. Never even occurred to me.) Had I known that, I might have stressed a bit more, so it's good I didn't. The first draft of HND/UG was one long intertwined story, but it didn't quite work. I liked the more-or-less parallel track of the two relationships, but the story

February 19th, 2015|Categories: blog|Tags: , , , |
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Nick Gains Insight (SFW)

This scene takes place after Surrender the Past and during the course of The Boyfriends Tie the Knot, and is referenced in both. It could be considered spoilery for Surrender the Past. READ image by brewbooks on Flickr. From Surrender the Past: “I shouldn’t,” Truman said. “Question for you, Nick. Confidentially, if you wouldn’t mind.” Nick turned. “I usually keep confidentiality at my discretion. What’s up?” “Would you take me on as a client? Between now and the wedding, I mean.” “You don’t want him to know?” “I expect to fail.” Nick took Truman in through the back door and immediately pulled him into

Origin Stories: Surrender the Past

[olympus_box color="blue" float="center" text_align="left" width=""] SPOILER ALERT for Surrender the Past! (Which you can buy early here!) [/olympus_box] Let's talk about Nick. The first scene I ever wrote with Nick Coates still exists, in only slightly-altered form, in The Scientific Method. Hugh, desperately avoiding any actual feelings he might have for Will, flees to the arms of a fuck buddy, who also happens to be a real buddy. Nick calls him out, just like Lucy does, and the three of them are the nucleus of the family that predates all of these stories. In many ways, Hugh, Nick, and Lucy are

February 10th, 2015|Categories: blog|Tags: , , , |