Welcome to the Nice Girls Writing Naughty version of the A-Z Challenge! Today’s featured guest author is Dorothy Shaw!
Here’s a little more about Dorothy:
Dorothy F. Shaw lives in Arizona where the weather is hot and the sunsets are always beautiful. She spends her days in the corporate world and her nights with her Mac on her lap. Between her ever-open heart, her bright red hair and her many colorful tattoos, she truly lives and loves in Technicolor!
About her latest book release:
My most recent release, “A Few More Rules,” came out April 1st and is a novella included in the anthology, “We Love Kink.”
The story is about a young, Female Dominant and her very first submissive man. A chance one-night stand turns out to be every dream she’d ever had come true! I had a ton of fun writing this story. It’s the second Femdom I’ve written and it’s definitely a different perspective to capture. With all the Alpha male, Dom books out there these days, I think something different is a good thing!
And her interview:
What story first hooked you as a reader?
The first “romance” I ever read was a YA book called, Walk Through Cold Fire, by Cin Forshay-Lunsford. I was 15 years old and this book, given to me by my high school best friend, absolutely changed my life. It’s a heart-wrenching journey about a teen girl and her first love, and is probably the reason I love to write and read angsty romance. After that, it was VC Andrews books all the way. Then years of no reading until True Blood came out on HBO and shortly after, I went and bought the entire Sookie Stackhouse books by Charlaine Harris. That got me back in the reading saddle, and then eventually, the writing one.
Introvert or Extrovert? How does this affect your work?
I am 100% an extrovert. I think being an extrovert helps me specifically when it comes to promo, or socializing online, or even at conventions. I’m not afraid to talk to anyone. And sometimes, I talk way too much. It’s probably also the reason my writing is so verbose—at least that’s what my editor says.
How do you deal with real-life distractions (job, kids, cats, birds chirping…)
I don’t sleep. No really, I sit down to write around 10pm-ish each night and I write until around 1:30-2am. And then I get up for work the next morning, between 8-9am. Fortunately, I work from home. I don’t have to get up, shower, become human looking and then drive into an office. I’m not sure I could write as much as I get to, if I had to be in an office everyday. The kids don’t make it easy either. I used to write downstairs in my family room. Kids would go to bed by 10 the latest, and I would have my time. But this year, since they are older, they’re staying up later and later. Especially on the weekends. So, I gave in and made a little writing nook in my bedroom. But now I feel like I never leave my room. Maybe that’s not a bad thing? Overall, I try to allow myself 2 nights a week that I don’t write. Sometimes I take it, other times I don’t. But its there if I need it.
What’s the most common ‘theme’ found in your stories?
I love, love, LOVE to write a broken heroine. Traditionally, it’s the hero that’s broken. And he can do all sorts of screwed up things in the book, but in the end, as long as he’s redeemable, or the heroine is strong enough to “save” him, then we romance readers absolutely LOVE him for it. We love the broken bad boy who becomes a fixed romantic one!
But, I have to say, when I take that dynamic and swap it, and make the heroine the broken one? Readers sometimes get a little pissy at me. But I can’t help it. Heroine’s are human too! I love to show that women can be a mess, just like the hero can. That a woman can screw up and not treat someone how they deserve to be treated. But also, that she can be redeemable. I don’t know any woman that hasn’t screwed up at least once in a relationship. I think they deserve to know they’re not alone.