Friday, March 21, 2014

Angels and Butt Sex, Coming April 9th

After weeks of working with my editor at Wilde City Press, we finally have a complete, relatively clean document. It's amazing reflecting on the Clipped that I initially typed up a little more than a year ago. In the early days, I was operating under the simplistic cover that matched the state of the manuscript at the time:


As much as I wanted a more professional cover, I have to say that I get a little nostalgic when I see that. I changed it to this briefly:


This was just before I contracted with Wilde City Press to release the manuscript. At that point, I had a handful of positive reviews...and some wonderfully negative ones, too. Now, here I am, nearing my new release for Clipped, April 9th. Ah, so many questions. Will they like it? Will they hate it? Will I ever write again?  We'll see. Regardless of what happens with the new book, I have nothing but good thoughts about the days of working on the early drafts of that manuscript.

The idea initially came to me while I was on the set of Hunger Games: Catching Fire. I was an extra, working for some spare cash. Since no one's blind enough to let me do porn, I have to find little things here and there. I'm one of the buzzed cut guys in the control room. That blurry guy that you can't really see? That one's me!

I'd borrowed (aka, stolen with little intention of ever returning. Sorry Ashley.) a copy of Mark Twain's Letter's From the Earth. I'd read it between takes. For those who are unfamiliar with the book, Twain flips the roles of God and Satan, depicting God as a jealous, psychotic megalomania and Satan as a fairly reasonably-minded fallen angel.

It was such a little thought at the time that it's hard to believe I ever did anything with it. I wondered, "What if God and Satan were ex-lovers? What if that's what all this was really about?" My imagination toyed around with the idea, crafting the whole situation, revising the apocalypse, before I developed the idea for what is now Clipped. The early drafts were more about gore and blood than sex. It was perverse--to a point where I was disturbed even while I was writing it. It wasn't until the second draft that Clipped found its way leaning more toward something erotic. And once I started down that path, after quite a few stop and go points during more arousing situations, I managed to create what is now the full-length manuscript.

Right now, I'm vigorously working on a variety of projects. Among them, Clipped's sequel, which takes place on Earth and in Hell. Can't wait to wrap it up and add it to the saga. In the meantime, I'm really excited about the upcoming release. I'm also looking forward to working with Wilde City Press on the release of my next paranormal novel, which I will just say is a vampire novel that I'm eager to share.