An award-winning author of 50+ books of romantic suspense and fantasy/paranormal, Sam Cheever’s books have won the Dream Realm Award for fantasy and The Swirl (interracial romance) Award; have been nominated and/or won several CAPAs; were nominated for “Best of” with LRC and The Romance Reviews; and have won eCataromance’s Reviewer’s Choice award. She’s published with Ellora’s Cave, both Romantica and Blush; Changeling Press; and Musa Publishing. Sam also publishes as Declan Sands, writing m/m fiction, and under her own imprint, Electric Prose Publications. Visit her at http://www.samcheever.com.
1) What am I working on?
I’m working on Rock My Boat, part of the Tall, Dark & Alpha boxed set, which is releasing March 8. My story is a paranormal novella about a blue marlin shape shifter and takes place on a cruise. Although this is the first time I’ve written something on a deadline (not counting edits for novels I’ve written previously), it’s been a lot of fun! Writing a short piece requires more planning, but it’s also more manageable because it’s short. I also got to hire an editor. I didn’t know what to expect, but it’s been very similar to working with editors in a published house.
2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?
Setting is always a strong part of my stories and one of my favorite things to write. I often get inspired while traveling. As part of my polishing process, I spend time on the five senses. When I look at my old unpublished manuscripts, wondering if I can rework them, I usually decide the setting is great but I’d have to start over with everything else.
I also like to read and write paranormal stories with unique elements, which is why I chose to write about a different kind of shape shifter. Although I like to stay tuned to the market, I also hate following the herd. Why write something hundreds of authors have already done so well? It’s more fun to do something new.
3) Why do I write what I do?
I write different genres because I need the variety. When the muse tells me to follow, I know better than to argue. It’s exciting not knowing where he’ll lead me next. (Yes, my muse is a sexy he!) Anything with a good setting is fair game.
4) How does my writing process work?
The hero usually comes to me first. I write the rough draft pretty quickly and always in order. I have a day job, so I’m only able to write on days off, but I do promotion on the other days. Unless I’m attending a writer/reader conference, the only time I really take off from my writing career is when I travel. When I do sit down to write, I make myself write a whole chapter at a time. The first couple of pages take the longest. I play music a lot while I write, and sometimes I’ll play the same song over and over. When the rough draft is done, I do my polishing and layering routine, which takes longer. Starting out, I do a little pre-plotting and create a document with main plot points and scene ideas, but mostly I go by the seat of my pants.
About Afton Locke
Afton Locke is a multi-published erotic romance author who prefers romantic fantasies to everyday reality. Fantasies take her everywhere--from other worlds and races to the top of a corporate desk. She lives with her husband, dog, several unnamed dust bunnies, and a black cat that can be scary or cuddly, depending on the current book. When she’s not writing, Afton enjoys hiking, cooking, crafts, and reading. Visit her at Ellora’s Cave and http://www.aftonlocke.com.