How is 2022 treating you all so far? I have had a pretty productive month, and I am finally on the last legs of the final part of the Sophisticated Beasts series.
I’ve also learned something about myself, something I think I’ve been trying to avoid for a while now. When I started writing as K M Strange, I didn’t believe I had any capacity beyond writing erotica, and I was totally okay with that. But while I was writing these three shorts for Beasts, I found I was having the same trouble as I had with Garden of Eden; the further I got into it, it became less about the sex, and more about the adventure.
I did a lot of research for this because I really wanted to make sure the story was wrapped up in a way that was exciting and even (mostly) historically and culturally accurate. I actually learned some interesting stuff about Russian folklore and history while I was writing it too which has been a great experience for me.
I was raving to my husband last night about the story and the twist I’d come up with and how delighted I was about how it had come out and he listened to the whole monologue before patiently asking, ‘Uh huh. And, when do they have sex?’
I realised then that, though I have written a good sex scene for it (I mean I think it’s pretty good) I wasn’t as excited about it as I was literally everything else.
I walked away from the conversation feeling a little out of sorts, really. It never occurred to me that I might be able to write stories that would have sustenance just as they are, not because of the sex. But if I’m really honest, I think I’ve learned that I can do exactly that.
So, what now? Do I make a side-step into adventure based romance? Do I try writing something completely straight? (Like, not even a little bit sexy? Not even a side-boob?!)
Honestly? I don’t know. I have an idea for my next story, and I’m seriously considering writing it as an actual, just-in-one-piece novel, and possibly not as erotica.
Huh. Did I just grow a little? Is this my author glow-up moment?
Well anyway, if you’re interested in reading the Sophisticated Beasts saga, the full story is available for pre-order here.
Alternatively, if you’ve read the first two parts you can email me directly and I’ll send you the third part for free as soon as it’s edited and completed.
Winston Churchill said, ‘To improve is to Strange, to be perfect is to Strange often.’
Yeah…I’m pretty sure that’s exactly what he said.