Okay, Charlotte, you’re on.
Back when I was young and naïve and no one ever read my writing, I thought inspiration was the easy part. One percent inspiration, right? And ninety-nine percent perspiration.
But then time went on and I was lucky enough to get published. I was even luckier to get some readers, and editors who believed in me. Everything was going awesome! Everything still is going awesome! Except for the inspiration magnet, which seems to have changed its poles.
Now, it’s no longer one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration. Now it’s the other way around: I can do the work, no problems. I can grind like nothing else. But the thing that’s making me sweat is actually getting inspired and excited by an idea and wanting more than anything to write it.
And I know why. It’s because I’m even more terrified than I was before I was published. Now it’s not just my whims I’m pleasing. I’ve got to make sure I’m writing for my audience, for my editors, for what’s working in the market right now. I can’t take a passing fancy to Mark Ruffalo in the The Avengers, because he just wouldn’t make a good hero for any of the things I’m trying to write at the moment.
Which is kind of a weird problem to have, I know. It’s mainly due to the fact that in order to truly be inspired, I usually have to have some hunk doing the inspiring. I need Alex O’Loughlin in Hawaii Five-O, showing off that incredible body and those weirdly horny tattoos:
And by that I mean: his tattoos kind of make him look like a really horny dude. I don’t know why or if that’s just me being insane, but every time I see him flashing that tramp stamp I get the same sense that he wouldn’t be satisfied until he’d turned you upside down and inside out for the better part of a month.
You can see why he makes for good inspiration.
Or how about Michael Fassbender, being awesome in X-Men or Haywire?
I recently watched the latter, and much like O’Loughlin’s tattoos, it provoked some weird feelings in me. I don’t know why I enjoyed seeing him getting beaten up by a female martial arts expert, but holy mother of God I did.
And lo, the circle of inspiration is complete. Suddenly I can’t write fast enough for my poor keyboard-crippled fingers, buckets and buckets of probably un-publishable nonsense just pouring out of me in the name of tattoos/guy-getting-beaten up love.
I guess it’s just the way I’m built. I’m built to be inspired by the strangest things, which is good for me but probably bad for my writing career. Take my latest book, Power Play. It’s loosely based on the movie Secretary.
Only gender switched. My heroine is the boss, my hero the naughty employee – and even stranger? I based him on the big and burly and frankly gorgeous Armie Hammer. Because when I write femdom, I want femdom that’s got men as masculine and amazing as any tale of female submission.
I like my men big. I like my men honed and hot and hairy. And I also just so happen to like them being punished, in a variety of interesting and filthy ways.
What can I do? I go where my inspiration tells me to.
Okay so in this bit Callie asked me to write a little about myself. So here goes: I’ve been writing for about twenty years, now, but only worked up the courage to finally submit something about three years ago. Since then, I’ve published around twenty novellas and novels for loads of different publishers – Black Lace, Mischief, Ellora’s Cave, Xcite, Resplendence…
I write erotic romance, but love pretty much every genre there is – contemporary, sci-fi, fantasy, horror, drama, thriller – and have written in most of them. I’ve set stories on spaceships and in werewolf riddled dystopian nightmares; I’ve written dominant heroes and dominant heroines…I love writing it all! Or at least, I love writing what my inspiration tells me to…
Link to my book: http://www.mischiefbooks.com/books/power-play/
Link to my website: www.charlottestein.net
Charlotte, thanks so much for being with us today, and sharing your (gulp) interesting pictures with us. Your book sounds wonderful, and I wish you the best of luck with it.