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Monday, March 29, 2010
Here's a Big 'Ole Muse Therapy Welcome to My Inaugural Guest Blogger...Kayelle Allen!!!
I'm Kayelle Allen and I am captive to my muse. Does that sound like the opening line at an AA meeting? Hmm. A twelve-step for freedom from my muses. That would be welcome indeed. Allow me to introduce them.
Both are characters from my books.
Pietas is the one who holds the devil's pitchfork but wears a halo. He tells me, "You know you want to do this. What's it going to hurt? You need to stretch your wings and try something new." Sounds good at first look, but Pietas isn't talking about writing. He's talking about everything but writing. "You know you want to read this book. It's great research. Oh, look! A great movie is on. You should watch that first. Study how the characters handle conflict. Make some popcorn while you're up." Uh-huh.
Luc is my good (?) muse. He's the one who dares me to write a scene where he stands up to Pietas and wins. Every time I try, Luc thinks it through, realizes that he has too much to lose, and ends up back peddling away from the confrontation.
Don't get me wrong. Luc's not intimidated by anyone else. In the rest of his life he's the master of all he surveys. However, Pietas is the leader of their people, he used to be in love with Luc (and claims to still care for him), but the ruler is also well known for his cruelty and devious ways. Humans who have interfaced with him over the millennia call him the Hammer of God, Soulripper, and the Beast. He's particularly fond of Soulripper.
Now, considering these are my muses, to whom I turn for inspiration, it's a miracle I write anything at all, other than a note to slip under the door saying "help… me…" ^_^
One thing I've learned over the past few years since I was first published is that you can't write only when you're inspired. Author Jack London wrote, "You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club." More and more, I believe that.
Waiting for something to happen is not my style. There are three kinds of people. Those who make things happen, those who watch things happen, and those who wonder what happened. I'm the former. Why wait? Go grab your success and claim it. It's your life, after all. Who is better qualified?
I'm looking forward to having D.D. Scott come to my yahoo groups and teach us the secrets of Muse Therapy. Both mine could use it. Thankfully, I'm such a solid, well-rounded individual that I won't need therapy myself. Except maybe for that tendency to exaggerate. Not lie, mind you. That's altogether a different thing. Uh… I'll shut up now. I think that was Pietas talking.
And here's the scoop on my fabulous inaugural guest blogger:
Kayelle Allen released two books in March, At the Mercy of Her Pleasure on 3/23, and The Last Vhalgenn on 3/24. Her next book, For Women Only, is due June 1st, and she has one more in edits now for release later in the year. She's already hard at work on a sequel to Surrender Love and Surrender Trust, and hopes to have another trilogy finished by the new year. Kayelle is a multipublished romance author whose worldbuilding skills include a broad sweep of ten-thousand years of future history, a feline language, and tradestandard laws for the empire where her books take place. Her writing lures you inside each hero's head and seduces you with what he feels and thinks. She thrusts you into the hero's heart and mind, teases and satisfies you with his sexuality and sensual joys, and drags you onto the roller coaster with him when it plunges into the darkness of things-gone-wrong. When you and the hero get off the ride at the end, it's Kayelle's hope you'll be back in line when the next ride starts.
You can find her on the web at
email@example.com kayelle @ kayelleallen .com
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