Alex shares with us why he’s where he is & a bit about his debut…….
Ever since I was young I liked telling stories. I was the kid with the big imagination and the very big mouth that could talk faster than the thoughts that popped into his head, which usually led to incoherent ramblings about weird and wonderful worlds, characters and situations.
Not much has changed!
When I left school I attempted to write my first serious novel. It turned out to be poorly written and had a story with more holes than my garden after my dogs have been on one of their digging sprees. It was a learning curve. I learned if you are going to spend many months working hard on a story then you better damn well make sure it makes sense. Over the next few years I dabbled with various books, but most of them were sci-fi or fantasy and aimed at young adults. This too was a learning curve. I think the more you read and the more you write the better you come to understand who you are and what it is you are trying to say through the medium of writing. It was here that I learned that I like telling stories about real people, which was generally how my book would start and then a emerald green fire breathing dragon would appear, perhaps a shoot out would take place, a car chase down a dark and narrow alley, a fist fight upon the top of a church during a thunder storm and so on. It meant by the time I finished a story it made no sense.
I nearly quit.
I just wanted to tell honest stories about real people. I wanted to show the good sides of human nature and the bad sides of human nature. Up until this point in my life I hadn’t been able to tell the stories I wanted to tell because I was writing in the wrong genre and for the wrong audience. This is when I moved into erotic romance and suspense novellas and novels. This genre suits me perfectly. In the past I always had to put the brakes on when ever two characters created a strong connection, but love, lust, sex and passion are all vital components of finding out just who a person is. There is nothing more intimate when you take down your walls and allow a stranger to know your mind, your body and your soul.
The Lady and the Lake was born. Midnight Showcase
The Lady and the Lake is an erotic romance story and is part of the Sinful Delights Digest coming out with Midnight Showcase. It is the first of several The Lady and the Lake stories. The reason being is that I wanted to show how different characters react when placed in similar situations. This is my insight into the good and bad nature of human beings. Through this series I highlight the different levels of lust, sex, passion, love and connection. I want to show how people can say one thing and perhaps mean one thing, but in their heart of hearts need something more in their lives be that money, adventure, love, lust and in some cases I show that sometimes people don’t need a reason to do something good for someone else or in some cases stab someone in the back. Before I began writing The Lady and the Lake I did some research and found that many erotic stories sway from one cliché to the next. It was like the author was trying to create a fantasy so grand and amazing that the reader can escape from their world for a little while, but I honestly believe that stories don’t need to be told this way. The Lady and the Lake is based on real people, set in the real world and shows how easy it is for lonely and lost people to slip up, to find love, to make mistakes and to make great discoveries. I think the fact that people will be able to relate to the characters will give so much more meaning to the choices they make.
The Lady and the Lake is told through the eyes and mind of Nathan.
In one word Nathan is a failure. He moved out into the city to make a name for himself like his rather wealthy and successful father had done many years ago. Of course Nathan’s plan backed fired on him in spectacular fashion and now he works long hours, for bad pay and lives in a rather crummy apartment. He is in a rut. He hates his job, but doesn’t want to go back home and admit his failure; he has no friends, no girlfriend, and no money and doesn’t really have much to look forward to in the future. His father knows that his stubborn son is struggling emotionally and mentally and talks Nathan into coming up to the lake house for a joint family vacation with his father’s business partner and his family. Nathan doesn’t want to go, but his father could talk a man with no hair into buying hair gel.
When Nathan goes to the Lake House he meets Miranda. The most beautiful woman he has ever seen and instantly the two of them hit it off because their personalities are like two halves of one whole. The slight hitch is that she is married to his father’s business partner and thus the conflict begins. I do not like writing predictable stories because very rarely do you have a happy ever after in real life. The Lady and the Lake explores how far people are willing to go for their loved ones. I do not mean just their lovers, but all actions have consequences and our important people can be hurt by the things we do. Nathan has to decide between following his heart and taking his relationship with Miranda to the next level or sabotaging his own happiness so that Miranda’s family is not torn apart and the family business is not placed in any danger because it is unlikely that Miranda’s husband would want to continue working with the man whose son is sleeping with his wife.
The Lady and the Lake is about real love, real people and real passion. It shows how people that are neglected, lonely, sad and lost can find love if they are willing to take a leap of faith. It also shows that when people are at their most vulnerable they make choices in life that perhaps that wouldn’t have actually done if they were in a stable state of mind. Sometimes these choices can be bad, but then again sometimes these choices can be good. The story does not attempt to paint any of the large cast of characters good or bad. They are all human and they are all flawed. It is up to “you” the reader to decide if the choices they make were in fact the right thing to do and at what point can something be considered selfish or selfless? It asks the question how far you would go for love.
For a quick read of one of Alex’s early efforts : Before the Dawn