Long and Short Reviews welcomes Alyssa Turner, whose latest erotic romance Double Take was released August 3.
She's written five free-standing pieces and appears in three published anthologies with more on the way.
"One of my personal favorites right now is Send," she told me. "It’s such a roller coaster type of story. I just think it’s a blast to read. I have different favorites at different times. They are all my babies after all. Double Take is high on the list right now too, of course. It’s heavy with plot and the sex holds meaning beyond physical pleasure. I’ll often use sex symbolically in my books to signify healing or self-discovery. When I’m able to make a statement that has deeper meaning than pleasure and even love, I feel like I’ve accomplished my goal."
She's currently working on the first draft of Polished, an MMF where the main character, Spencer, is a demotions foreman in a loving hetero relationship. However, he's had some secret yearnings since puberty that he's ignored. His girlfriend, Rory, knows about them even though he's never talked about them and wants him to know she doesn't judge him for them. In fact, she has some secret kinks and desires of her own and a third person might be the answer to both their desires. Jack is a self-described playboy who never had the pleasure of knowing what it is to be loved, not even by his overbearing father who he works for. After surviving a dangerous accident the two guys form a bond of friendship and Jack invites them into his life for the weekend. Only problem is Jack’s dad just might ruin everything if his fear of intimacy doesn’t make him run the other direction first.
Alyssa was an only child who grew up watching The Young and the Restless with her grandmother whenever she got the chance.
"That dramatic flare appeared first in my elaborate Barbie sagas and eventually ended up on paper when I grew out of my playthings. The stories got more scandalous, the plots more complex. I developed a sprawling world of high school debauchery—all written by hand on note book paper," she told me. "Now I’ve gone and dated myself. Let’s just say I had a word processor in college. I didn’t find my muse again until about five years ago. With barely any free time, writing erotica was (is) an amazing way to shed pretenses and relax with a few favorite fantasies. Romance brings heart to the mix and everything just falls into place from there."
She doesn't have much time to write with raising a family, and some days she's just too tried to get the words out of her head an onto the keyboard.
"I have my writing chair and a big palm tree that shields me from the rest of my brood. When I’m in that seat, it’s time out for Mommy," she declared.
When she's reading, she looks for the author to walk the line between keeping her guessing and remaining true to their plot path.
"I’m particularly focused on the element of surprise in my writing. I feel cheated every time I know what’s going to happen next when I’m reading a book. I’ve been know to play a fun little game of tug-of –war with my reader—giving them a little of what they expect and then yanking hard on the rope in another direction," she admitted. "In the end everything falls into place and the reader will even recall that there were some clues along the way. I absolutely love it when I read a review that says they were surprised or that the storyline was unique. The worst thing a writer can do is tell the whole story in the first few paragraphs. Double Take is written like a layer cake. The plot is revealed little by little. It's chapters before you know the whole story about the characters and even longer before you realize what the real conflict is. I like to build a strong foundation and then narrow in on a particular theme. In Double Take it’s the broad theme of rebels seeking social justice and the narrow theme of self-discovery and empowerment."
Because Alyssa writes erotic romance, her plots always start with a particular coupling in mind. From there she tries to imagine a unique situation that would bring them together. Once she has the ‘what’ and the ‘why’ it’s time to figure out the ‘who’. The characters are born out of their circumstances."
"Could you ever co author a book with someone?" I asked. "If so, who would you choose, and what would you write?"
"I once wrote a novella with a perfect stranger. I started with the first chapter and posted it on my blog in the first person female. He wrote the next chapter from the first person male point of view and we switched back and forth for like 10 chapters. Neither of us knew where the other was going to take the story. It was very organic and oddly intimate, since we only exchanged avatars. The end result was a smash hit among our followers and it was a blast. I’d do it again."
I asked, "What advice would you give a new writer just starting out?"
"Don’t sell yourself short if you don’t have the experience or education of the other authors you admire. There’s something to be said for a fresh voice. What you should do is read A LOT! Read unpublished and published writers. Some of the best writing I’ve read was from a amateurs writers group. I learned how to hone my own voice by paying attention to others."
The biggest thing Alyssa has going for her is the element of surprise.
"It might be my characters that are uniquely paired, as in Drawing Diego where a young college student of Indian decent has a crush on her artistic Mexican neighbor, or the setting that is unusual like with my African tryst in Mia Doga Means Goodbye, and often the concept is compellingly different as in my recent twin ménage release Double Take where I’ve delved into the area of class warfare in the twenty second century.
"Now, I have a question for your readers. As a reader of Erotic Romance, do you like to be surprised by the plot? Let me know, and you'll be entered into a drawing for a copy of Double Take.” Enjoy this book video of Double Take.
About the Author:
Few things make her smile like the rush of creativity, she's addicted. When she isn't writing, she's cooking dinner or washing clothes ... or dreaming up her next delicious scene.
She writes for Xcite Books and Etopia Press, with two full-length novels currently available. Her debut publication was a short in Best Women's Erotica 2011, edited by Violet Blue. More shorts selected for print anthologies from Xcite Books and Cleis Press, with the illustrious editors, Miranda Forbes and Rachel Kramer Bussel.
Find Alyssa online at
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