My Writing Process – Blog Tour

Happy Monday, y’all!

I want to say thank you to the lovely and talented Ms. Gynger Fyer for allowing me to partake in this blog tour.

Below are my four answers to the questions posed about my writing process.

1) What am I working on?

Currently I’m finishing up some contemporaries as well as some paranormals. Next month starts my time of writing historicals. Some of what I’m working on are in series that you know and some are in upcoming series. The next in the Interludes series. One for the Astral Guardians series and a paranormal that as of this moment, doesn’t have a home but I will tell you, it’s a shifter story. *grin* Yep, that’s all I’m sharing.

2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I think what makes my work, and every authors work, different is our voice. How we tell our stories.

3) Why do I write what I do?

Because I write what the characters tell me what to write. I’m not a plotter. I don’t sit down and say, okay, I need to do this this and this. The characters come to me and say, this is who I am, write my story. We will guide you.

4) How does your writing process work?

As I mentioned above, it’s the characters who deem how the story will go. When people talk to me about turning points, and plot points, etc, my eyes tend to glaze over. I tell stories, the characters know them way better than I do and I trust myself to listen to them. Yes, at times it gives me characters that have me scratching my head but…really, isn’t that what human life is about? Nothing is a given, not a person’s reaction to a situation or how we feel they should be responding. Every one of us, whether we’ve done it X way twenty thousand times, that twenty thousand and one, may be when it’s done Y way. I love the journey, the unknown, and I hope, with each story that I create and pen, I am able to take my readers on the same journey’s of ups/downs/and of course, many, many twists and turns.

Now, for next week, I’ve chosen these three authors so make sure you go to their sites and check out not only their writing processes but also the authors they tag. Who knows, you may find a new author to read!

Alexandra O’Hurley:

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Bio: Alex is a multi-published, bestselling erotic romance author.  An avid reader and poet, she turned to erotic fiction after falling in love with the genre over a decade ago.  Published since 2009, Alex writes all over the genre map, be it Ménage, Paranormal, Historical, Contemporary, or Sci-Fi Erotic Romances.


Taige Crenshaw:





Taige Crenshaw is an multi-published author with books available at Ellora’s Cave Publishing, Liquid Silver Books, Totally Bound and Loose Id.

She writes novels set in today between people who know what they want and  how to get it. As well as in the future of vast universes between beautiful, strange and unique beings with lots of spice and sensuality added to her work.


Yvette Hines:




I’m just Yvette Hines. An erotica author that loves pleasurable hours between the sheets. Whether it is a blended tale of interracial lovers, the clandestine bite and wicked passion of a paranormal lover or the sting of a commanding whip against tender flesh. Even better, make my day and toss in two gorgeously, decadent men who only want to pleasure their woman. Oooh, yeah, now we’re talking. I write erotica because I love it. I’m a Scorpio, so I’m sensual by nature and that just makes me naughty. {giggle}

I’ve been penning erotic tales since 2007, on the hedonistic side of the romance genre. But, I’m eclectic by nature, so I bet I can tell you things that would surprise you. You ready?

I’m married to my best friend. A guy that makes me laugh ’til I can’t breathe. A man who steals my breath every time he walks into a room. A partner that isn’t afraid to bend me over his knees whether I’m good or bad. Oops, that might be one of those TMI moments. {side lip bite} I believe in happily ever after like the rising of the sun depended on it. To me, sex and romance together is essential as gravity to humans remaining firmly planted on earth, they are a connected must. Still haven’t shocked you yet, well then, what would you say if I told you I’m a Christian. Hmm, that made you pause didn’t it. I’m also a part of Christian Erotica Romance Writers. I know, most of you are thinking that is an oxymoron. No problem, it is just who I am.

I enjoy long walks on the beach… well, I do, but really I love meeting readers, going to conference, writing with my fellow authors in a coffee shop, attending BDSM events and Christmas.

Oh, now we are getting to the good stuff. What do I write: Short and Sexy, Sensual Erotica. Yup, that’s me, SASSE Yvette Hines. So, do I only write short stories, primarily. Heck, we live in a society where a lot of people have to have 2-3 jobs, so it doesn’t leave a lot of time to finish a bunch of full length manuscripts. So, I try to give quality short stories. {If you don’t get that from one of my books, send me an email. Please don’t post it to my Facebook page, my group loop, ARe Cafe or blast me on Amazon or ARe store. Just drop me a respectable line and I’ll thank you for your honesty and grow stronger.} Contemporary interracial erotic romance stories are my main releases. I also write paranormal, menage and fantasy. What is my favorite thing to write? I’m glad you asked, Holiday stories with BDSM themes.

Well, I think I have said enough at the moment. Feel free to drop me a line or ask me questions anytime.

Keepin’ It SASSE! {KIS!}

8 Responses to “My Writing Process – Blog Tour”

  1. Sharon F. Jenkins says:


    You are one of my favorite authors. I have enjoyed your writing since I stumbled across you Taiga and McKenzie s free website. I’ve always wanted to write but felt that I had nothing to say. I’m going to try my hand and see if I can do this now that I have retired and have the time to do this. So I had 4 different questions regarding the writing process.

    Do you write in longhand first or do you use a computer to write your stories?

    How are you able to come up with new stories and characters so quickly? Should i start a notebook to keep potential story ideas in? have

  2. Sharon F. Jenkins says:

    Of course my fat fingers hit return before i meant to….

    I know you are disciplined because you talk of word count per day. How do you decide your word count?

    Is it easier or harder to collaborate with other authors when jointly writing the same story?

    Thank you for answering my questions.


    • Aliyah Burke says:

      Hi Sharon,
      Thanks so much for stopping by. I’m thrilled and honored to be one of your fave authors.
      Congrats on starting to write.
      I love to write longhand, it keeps me away from the computer and distractions plus I can do it anywhere. There are some stories however, that I do straight into the computer. The one downside-I guess you could call it-from doing longhand is then you have to transcribe it into the computer, so some think of it as double work. But for me, it’s what works, I am not a fan of spending my entire day in front of the computer and since I’m a fairly swift typer it doesn’t take to long to transcribe stuff.
      I do have an idea notebook (okay, 2) that I put things in when they come to me. Another book that I carry with me, because I never know when inspiration for a story will strike.
      My word count depends on the fullness of my schedule. Since I seem to be an expert at pushing myself I tend to book pretty solid. (Not necessarily a smart thing on my end…but what can I say. I’m odd) So if I only have a month to do a story I will divide the needed word count by the days, excluding how long I want it to sit before it’s subbed and go from there. Since I usually work on more than one story at a time, I will do like 3k on one story and 3k on another. That kind of thing. Except with historicals. When I do those, that’s all I work on. I have a tendency to put modern items in them otherwise. (IE, Her Reluctant Viscount I had a cell phone in there before I did edits and was like…hmm…this isn’t right)
      Writing with other authors is difficult, just because everyone has their own writing style (as they should) but you have to find the write people to work with. Still it’s not the easiest thing in the world. You always have to be prepared for the fact that how you see your character behaving, may not be how they see it and you can be taken in a completely opposite direction. Not that it’s bad, but it’s not like writing on your own.
      I hope this helped, if not, shoot me an email or post here. Best of luck!! And again, thanks for stopping by!
      Happy reading,

      • Aliyah Burke says:

        Forgot to add,
        Find what works best for you and do that. We all write at different speeds and have different processes, so fine the one which helps your creativity flow.
        Again, let me know if I can help any more!

  3. Jessica A. says:

    Love when us fans get some insight on what’s going on in your head and how these characters come to life. You are truly awesome!!

    Love Yvette and Taige and will look forward to reading Alexandra’s work

    • Aliyah Burke says:

      Hi Jessica,
      My head can be a scary place, just sayin’. 🙂 So glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoy Alex’s work!
      Happy reading,

  4. Nikki Tigner says:

    Great article! Nice to know your process. I love that the character’s tell their story and you write it. Sometimes people plot stories and it seems to planned. I like that the character say is important to you. You stories are indeed unique!

  5. Aliyah Burke says:

    Hi Nikki,
    Thanks so much.
    I have plotted one story in my life, spent months on it and when it came time to actually write it, they were like, umm no that’s not how this goes.
    I just don’t know how one can plan for the unexpected thing called life. Nothing ever goes as planned all the time. Thanks for stopping by.
    Happy reading,