Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Q And A With Author Olivia London

Olivia London's brand new book, San Francisco Lovin', has hit the erotica world - and our readers - like nothing else!  To find out a bit more about Olivia, and what she may have in store for us in the future, we sat down to ask her a few questions:

Q: Why do you write the type of book you are best known for?

A: It’s a healthy outlet for me.  Also, erotic fiction can function at a commendable level; it doesn’t have to just be escapist fun, though escapist literature certainly holds its own on the shelf.

Q: Where do you get your ideas?

A: It’s easy to start feeling isolated when you commit to a full-time writing career.  I cherish the time I spend with friends who are writers themselves and great culture-consuming sieves.  Reading is essential.  I set a goal to read a certain number of pages every day with literary fiction being a priority.  Everything I read gets filtered through an erotic imagination; I consider myself lucky this way.  Not always, but mostly.

Q: How and when do you write?

A: I do my reading and library research during the day.  When I get home, I make a pot of coffee and get to work.

Q: What do you like most about being an author?

A: Meeting deadlines gives me a sense of accomplishment.  I’ve never been much of a gadabout so I actually like spending time alone in order to reach other people.

Q: What is your advice to beginning writers?

A: I once spent hundreds of dollars to attend a writers’ conference and the agent I was supposed to meet didn’t bother to show.  No apology, nothing.  I got absolutely nothing out of attending that conference.  My advice to beginning writers?  Don’t worry about the business end for a long, long time.  Focus on your craft.  Eventually, editors and other writing professionals will start approaching you.

Q: Is there anything you would like to say to your fans?

A: Thanks for reading!  I love hearing from readers so don’t hesitate to share your thoughts.

Q: What can your readers look forward to from you in the future?

A: A sequel to San Francisco Lovin’ of course!  

Olivia London lives in Seattle where she drinks a lot of coffee and eschews most vices, preferring to live farouche on the page. She is the author of the story collection San Francisco Lovin' and is currently working on other erotic collections.  Ms. London has contributed to numerous anthologies including the following available through Xcitebooks: Lesbian Love 3, The Bad Girl's Sweet Kiss, Wanton Women and Healthy Addictions.

Excerpt From San Francisco Lovin:

For the Lust of an Irishman

Claire didn’t know what living was before moving to San Francisco, a city where it’s permissible to be sex crazy so long as you elevate your proclivities to an art form.  She reveled in the world’s embrace every time she walked down Columbus Street in North Beach, San Francisco’s ode to the Italian community, aware of how almost every head turned to appreciate her ample curves, gams like a double-crossing moll’s and pouty pinup allure.  She was rushing to meet with Liam, a gem of an Irishman she met on a business trip, when she remembered a casual reference he made to garter belts, and how happy it made him when meeting a woman both confident and sexy.  She ran back to her flivver precariously parked in an alley and snatched a lovely accoutrement from her glove compartment.  Not caring who was looking, she trussed her upper thigh with the delectable trimming.  He was waiting for her in a café next to her favorite bookstore. He was even more handsome than she remembered, his affable abundance towering over one of the Carrara styled tables for two.  “I took the liberty of ordering you a cappuccino, love.”  She was hoping for more liberties than that.

The Snow Queen - A tale of definite love and bondage by Clarice Clique

This post is brought to you by the wonderful Clarissa Clique, author in Bound for Romance, available from Amazon here Her erotic romance "The Snow Queen" gives us an interesting viewpoint in romantic fiction these days, combined with BDSM in a non-traditional manner.

The Snow Queen is the perfect modern woman, albeit a modern woman who is centuries old and lives in an ice palace in a fantasy world. But she is a bitch, in the best possible use of the word. She sees what she wants and she takes it.

And what she sees is a newlywed man named Kai making beautiful love to his beautiful bride, Gerda. The Snow Queen works her wicked magic, takes him to her ice palace and attempts to enchant him into loving her as much as he loves Gerda.

While she romances the youthful Kai, the Snow Queen tries to ignore the age old bonds that connect her to another male, the Fire Lord. Once they were one being but the magic broke and split them into opposed bodies. When they meet flesh burns and hearts are frozen.

Gerda never doubts her bond to her husband. She’ll traverse continents and undergo any trials to be reunited with him. Her innocence is constantly tested on her journey, but how can she fail to be faithful to the man who has been her best friend all her life, who is the only man to kiss her and to see her naked? Plus there was that magical thing he did on their wedding night, that makes her tingle every time she thinks about how he touched her. But still there are many people who want to explore Gerda’s body and claim it for themselves, from a lonely witch, to a kind prince and princess. How strong are the bonds of love? Can they survive such temptation? Can they give a young woman the determination to face a wolfman and a band of lustful gypsies?

The Snow Queen wants Gerda to fail and she’s used to getting what she wants. But perhaps, even with all her age and power and experience, she isn’t being honest to herself about what she wants. Is there a possibility that she’s a bad girl who’s yearning for the man who can dominate her, a master who is so supreme; she can do nothing but submit to him with a smile? There is only one possible being who could command her, the creature she’s spent half her life on this world plotting to destroy.

The Fire Lord teases her with his nakedness and his human slaves and his demonettes, but beneath all the words and games, he is the only one who understands her, the only one who could ever understand her.

The Snow Queen and Gerda are both on journeys to find their life partner, pulled and pushed forward by a force neither of them completely understand, but which neither of them can escape from; true love.

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Monday, August 29, 2011

Out Now: Ghost Emerald [Ghost Lovers #2] By Sally Swanson

There is simply no one like Sally Swanson and with her new book, Ghost Emerald [Ghost Lovers #2], you'll see why!

Part two of an erotic fantasy romance like no other!  As with the previous book in the series, Sally Swanson proves that she is a genius at creating touching characters in romantic settings as well as hot scenes of passion! Following the tragic events associated with shooting an episode of the television show, Ghost Lovers, in Scotland, the show’s former technical director, J.C. Calderon, gets his big break.  However when Calderon discovers the episode’s location is none other than San Cristobal fort, morbid terror consumes the Puerto Rican native, for the Caribbean fortress hides more than just secrets.  In San Cristobal’s deepest dungeon, a demonic cult worships an ancient Taíno god, whom J.C. encountered on a teenage dare.Callous and fearless, Fara Trotter accepts Ghost Lovers’ offer to escape her bloody past.  The former Army linguist built her media reputation as a war correspondent until the Taliban abducted her when they suspected she was undercover C.I.A.  Scarred inside and out, Fara has lost everyone she ever loved, so believing she is cursed, Fara refuses to love again.  With a sexually lyrical voice, she seduces men for her own pleasure and on her own terms. When Fara arrives in Puerto Rico, she selects J.C. for a single night of sizzling lust, no rules except no questions.  After the disruptive conclusion of their aggressive desire, each is certain they will never see the other again.  However, the following morning Ghost Lovers’ executive producer, Robert Hartz, declares they are both under contract to produce an entire season of pseudo-erotic programs. Fara impulsively purchases an emerald ring, which resonates across time, and through the portal, Fara and J.C. experience the 18th Century seduction of Vivian Dufrense.  However, the conqueror becomes the conquered when the infamous rake, Lieutenant Felipe Cordova, falls for the virginal Spanish beauty.  Felipe steals Vivian away from her tyrannical uncle, yet before the newlyweds consummate their marital vows, Captain General Dufrense kills Felipe and sacrifices Vivian to the Taíno god, Maboya. The celestial alignment during Abib’s New Moon requires another sacrifice and the mystical power of Fara’s emerald.  Eduardo Calderon, J.C.’s grandfather, is Maboya’s human servant and selected J.C. as his successor as Maboya’s keeper.  A powerful hypnotist, Eduardo controls those around him, except Fara who is immune.  Using her own hypnotic wiles, Fara escapes the fort’s dungeon.  Logic tells her to leave the island, but she can’t leave J.C. to his unworldly fate.

“This is a really good story— it captures the mood of the paranormal just right, and I like the characters. The dialog is great, too." -print!” Eppie Award winner Teri Thackston, author Perilous Passions. Cover: Suzannah Safi

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Love Was Dirty Words By Sarah Bella

I wrote my first novel at the age of fourteen and before that it was poetry and short stories. Writing is a release for me – an absolute necessity. If I don’t get the words on the page, they plague me. I’ve lain awake many nights with someone’s story in my head and more than once I’ve jolted upright at 2 AM and scribbled a line or two on my hand in the dark. I got a voice recorder app for my phone to keep the words at bay while I drive.

Any story I write tends to have a romantic, sweet theme, regardless of how dirty it is. I’m in love with the concept of complete and utter devotion – that driving force that compels a man to do whatever it takes to satisfy his woman in every way possible. That drive is part of the appeal of the D/s relationship. The idea that a man and woman can be so completely devoted, have so much trust between them to literally turn their bodies over to one another is incredible.

So, in my mind – admittedly a scary place to be – a man flogging his wife is one of the sweetest gestures possible. It ranks right up there with a bouquet of anything-but-Roses-or-Carnations. Vanilla sex is fun, but it just doesn’t speak to me the way kink does.

Love was Dirty Words is the story of a married couple who have figured out how to stay connected as their lives get busier and fuller. They recognize that they speak different languages when it comes to love and have learned each other’s language fluently. It’s the story of a couple- very much in love- dealing with feelings of inadequacy and struggling to make their marriage their top priority.

Every fourth Saturday they have a standing date in their play room; a date that Ian plans in its entirety. His plans unfailingly include tying her to something and flogging her senseless. As Ellie takes blow after blow she can feel the power shift between them and knows the point at which she becomes the one in charge, handcuffs notwithstanding.

I fell in love with Ellie and Ian the way that a mother falls in love with her children – instantly and unconditionally. They absolutely wrote their own story and dragged me along for the ride. They really are the sweetest characters I’ve written. I would love, someday, to have the opportunity to turn their story into a series of novellas.

And we'd love to publish that series of novellas! You can read and find out more about Love Was Dirty Words in the anthology Bound for Romance, edited by Sascha Illyvich.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

From Rejection To…….. “Holy Shit I’m Published!”

By Emma Paul

Holy shit is right! My happy dance did not last as long as I would have liked. I found out very quickly that getting published is W. O. R. K., which I have very humbly decided stands for:

W = writing my ass off more then I used too.

O = Originality is not cliché

R = revising the revisions

K = Keep learning how to write

The painful truth is that just because one book was accepted it does not put you at the top of the publishing food chain. In fact, it sends you straight to the bottom. Now the real fun begins. As I claw my way up the literary ladder, I am learning that fame and fortune does not come over night. Honestly, I was not expecting it too. But damn it would have been nice!

Like most good things, you need to work for that success. I seriously do not mind it at all. In fact, I refuse to whine about how I have to hold down a full time day job, be mom, wife, sister, daughter, and writer at the same time. I will not do that, because despite my packed schedule I love what I do.

Much has changed, for one I am setting goals. Starting at the bottom and working my way up, with every blog I write, interview, promo-op and new submission I send out. I am the low man on that totem pole and I accept that with pride and foresight to become a better writer with each step I take.

This experience has given me more ambition and strive which I have not felt in years. My days have doubled. I am losing sleep and I think I need a stronger eyeglass prescription. My list of goals is getting longer. Writing has suddenly taken over my “me” time, hell IT IS my "me" time. I have no idea what is on television because I no longer watch it. Instead, I make sure to work on my writing, even when I am dying to turn on that episode of CSI Miami. And, my laptop has become a permanent appendage. It goes everywhere I go. During the day, I use my lunch hour for editing or reading the latest informational blog on writing. It has helped my diet tremendously!

It may seem, when you read this post, getting my first book published has only added to the stress in my life! But the reality is, I have never been happier! For once in my life, I am working to achieve something that had only been a passing daydream at one point. I am an author! I have become something that I wanted to be since I was a kid. Every sleepless night and every second I put into my writing career is priceless. I would do it all over again in a heartbeat.

Oh wait, I am!

Emma Paul

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

The path to Publication

The purpose I believe for any writer is very simple. Get the stories out. The purpose for anyone living in a capitalist society that strives for happiness is to make money. So why not do both and enjoy what you do for a living as it is no longer a job, but a passion that pays the bills.

The publishing business is still in flux as things change, the E-book revolution shatters old business models and new champions emerge but what can the average author do to survive the mess and still be standing when the dust has settled? Your friendly editor offers some publishing tips that should help.

Make some friends. You’ll need the support system for things like going to Romantic Times, Romance Writers of America Nationals, RomCon, and other large industry conferences. Plus that support system will keep you together when you’re ready to throw away your career, no matter HOW long or short it is. Did you all see what happened to Judy Mays when someone outed her as an erotic romance author? The fans of hers rallied and supported her to the tune of 5,000 likes on her newly fan established Facebook page. In less than four hours.

Social Media – Learn it. Use it. Master it. It’s that simple. You have NO choice nowadays but to be on social media. If you're a shy person, quit writing and expecting money to roll in.

Read editor blogs like mine and Guide to Literary Agents. The information there is jam packed with tips outside of my experiences. Also, don’t forget WriteSEX - both our publisher, M. Christian and myself contribute weekly to this very important blog.

Take classes on craft, marketing and education. This advice hails from the importance of learning and expanding your ability to write about various genres, cross genre write and refine your voice. Unlike investing and “Get rich quick” classes, the real profits belong to both the instructor AND the students. FYI, I teach two classes and that information can be found here

Pick up the following authors and devour their work:

Angela Knight, Morgan Hawke, Christine Feehan, Laurel K. Hamilton (not exactly traditional erotic romance) Julie Templeton, Kate Douglas, Candace Havens, Dakota Cassidy, Joey W. Hill, Lori Foster, Diane Whiteside, Lora Leigh, Christina Dodd. Don't bother with Dodd's historicals (this is a bias against historical romance novels on my part) but her contemporary and paranormal stuff is excellent. That's just print stuff. For E-books, Lora Leigh, Joey W. Hill, Marianne LaCroix, Kiernan Kelly (We just put out her second collection of m/m erotic romance stories) Stephanie Burke, Treva Harte (writer and owner of Loose ID) Marty Rayne (one of my students)Joanna Wilde, Celia Kyle, Alexandria Rayne, Em Petrova, (hell, go pick up any of the Secrets Anthologies out from Red Sage) Sascha Illyvich, Cherise Sinclair (another student of mine) Brenda Williamson, Brenna Lyons, Belinda McBride, Barbara Karmazin (RIP) Marie Harte, MaryJanice Davidson (over at Loose-ID) Suzanne Rock, Cheyenne McCray. That should get you started learning about Erotic Romance. Most of those authors mentioned I've either mentored, grown up with (sort of) taught in my classes or read their work, interviewed for the radio show and they are dynamite writers. At the local library, hit up the print stuff and find yourself in the romance section. You want to go no "less" hot than Harlequin BLAZE. That's their "attempt" at erotic romance and they are the gold standard in publishing, with numerous authors who go onto bigger, better and more lucrative careers.

I mention these authors though only a few of them are ours because not only are some of them firmly established in the romance genre, but they are the cornerstone for the formula to write a successful erotic romance for my line.

Join the Romance Writers of America. If you're a male romance author, attend meetings, regularly and get over any nervousness that may occur because the chapter members are predominantly female and many are where you want to be already. And many of them are gracious enough and kind enough to pay back as well as forward. Be warned RWA is still jumping (slowly) on the ebook bandwagon but that's a national issue, not a local chapter issue. The local chapters are very supportive of their members and share a TON of information. If you can afford it join Passionate Ink, the erotic/spicy chapter of RWA. Next year I plan to be speaking at their annual club meeting at RWA Nationals since it'll be in Anaheim CA.

Find and follow Deborah Riley Magnus on Twitter and Facebook. That's my publicist. She'll help you (via her blog) with marketing tips, tricks etc. She isn't geared towards this genre but she IS geared towards the trends in publishing and collecting information that is geared to help the author become a better success. After all, she IS the Author Success Coach. She also has a book coming out through Sizzler Editions in November, I believe.

Continue to write and grow. Reading other romance authors gives you something which to work from, now it’s up to you to use your imagination and go forward into the wild blue yonder!

Sizzler Intoxication Guidelines can be found here

Monday, August 15, 2011

Q and A with Sizzler Author billierosie

Even though she has only published one book - so far - billierosie has proven herself to be a real master of not just fetish erotica but with the power of the written word!  Check out her collection of magnificent erotica, Fetish Worship and you will not be disappointed.
Sizzler sat down with billierosie to talk to her about Fetish Worship and her life as a writer:

Sizzler Editions: Why do you write the type of book you are best known for?

billierosie: I write these types of books really, because they are the types of books I love to read. I love erotica, although I think that the stuff that I write is really pornography. I write, intentionally, to arouse and I think that that is one of the legal definitions of porn. I like to say that I plan to stay young writing porn!

Sizzler Editions: Where do you get your ideas?

billierosie: Anywhere and everywhere! An item on television, or a story in a magazine or newspaper. I like to look at the dynamics of relationships. What drew these people together? Why do they stay together? Where is the dominant force in the relationship? Who has control? I am a people watcher.

Sizzler Editions: How and when do you write?

billierosie: I am very lazy about writing. I can always find something to do other than write -- I think that this is because I know that once I start writing, I won't be able to stop. Having said that, I've had some of my best ideas when I am doing chores around the house and garden! Those ideas I can't wait to get written down. So the answer to the question "when do you write?" is -- anytime! "How do I write?" I tend to write quickly on the computer, just a sketch for the scenario. Then I go back again and again and re-work it. Adding dialogue, atmosphere, feelings, emotions. I don't know if that is how other writers do it, but it works for me. It also helps with corrections; I can correct as I go.

Sizzler Editions: What do you like most about being an author?

billierosie: I have discovered that writing gives me the freedom to express myself. My inhibitions are down -- those walls that we build around ourselves so carefully. A lot of the stuff that I write, will never be published. That doesn't matter -- it's the fact that I have done it, and done it as best as I am able, pleases me.

Sizzler Editions: What is your advice to beginning writers.

billierosie: Write what you like to read -- it works for me. If you've never written at all, or haven't writen for a long time, give yourself some exercises to do. Write about someone you like -- or hate! What is it about that person that turns you on, or turns you off! Think about the senses. Taste, touch, smell etc. I haven't done any writing courses, but there are some good ones around. Look out for an excellent day course run by M.Christian!

Sizzler Editions: Is there anything you would like to say to your fans?
billierosie: My fans! Wow! The fact that people read my stuff, and some of them come back for more is a tremendous compliment. Feedback is wonderful for a writer, so any feed back is terrific.

Sizzler Editions: What can your readers look forward to from you in the

billierosie: I want to push back the boundaries of Erotica. Just as Romance writers are getting more adventurous, I think that writers and readers of Erotica want that too. I want to write and read stories about bestiality, for example. Writers like Laurell Kaye Hamilton, with her tales about "were creatures" just tiptoe around the edges. The creatures never have sex with a human being at the point that they "change". I think that it's the possibility of that change that readers want. I am constantly disappointed in those writers. And of course, it's the publishers too -- they have to comply with the laws.

An Excerpt from "Feet"
Feet. For Adam, it had always been feet, for as long as he could remember. One of his earliest memories was of sitting underneath the big, oak table in his mother’s dining room, surrounded by ladies’ feet. He was just a toddler and his mother had no-one to leave him with at her monthly book club meetings. So he was allowed to crawl around under the table, as long as he didn’t make a noise. Adam never made a noise. He sat and listened to the women’s soft voices and laughter, as he sucked his thumb, lost in his own private heaven, gazing at, and inhaling the smell of women’s feet. Once he’d dared to touch a lady’s foot. He stroked the fine creamy skin curiously, marvelling at the delicate bones beneath. The lady had peeped down at the little boy beneath the table, and smiled.

Out Now: Private Investigations By Avery St. Andrews

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A masterful work of BDSM romance!  A woman private investigator gets sucked (willingly) into the world of BDSM. Here is a BDSM story with romantic overtones, plus lots of consensual "hurts so good sexual activity" and a happy ending with everything wrapped up nice and tight. When you read PRIVATE INVESTIGATIONS by the respected Avery St. Andrews you'll see why this tale of love, lust, domination, and bondage is one of the very best!

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Out Now: The 18th Floor By Margie Church

Here's a wonderful treasure of BDSM romance, a brilliant new book by our one-and-only Margie Church: The 18th Floor

Alexa Robbins is so consumed by her career, the only sex she has is listening to her nymphomaniac neighbors go at it. When Sebastian Law discovers her in the eighteenth floor conference room early one morning, the table becomes a pallet for making one of her fantasies come true. Will he enjoy her extensive repertoire of fantasies? On the outside, Sebastian appears a buttoned-up, well-dressed, techno geek. Inside, he's a Dom with a hearty appetite for all types of carnal pleasures. He risks alienating Alexa by revealing his true nature, but he won't keep the secret for long. Together, they explore all the things that turn them on. And discover whether they're a perfect match for life beyond the 18th Floor. MS attached A BDSM adventure like no other!  If you pick up THE 18TH FLOOR by Sizzler's star erotic writer MARGIE CHURCH you'll step into a new world of domination, submission, lust, love, passion and bondage -- you will not be disappointed!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Q & A with Sizzler Author Tilly Andrews

Tilly Andrews lives in the U.K. an her distinctive brand of bondage novels can be found in her books Corporate Hospitality, My Master's Pleasure and Business Asset. Recently she spoke with Sizzler Editions about her writing and books.

Sizzler Editions: Why do you write the type of book you are best known for?
Tilly Andrews: I find that I like writing erotica. The situations are already in my head, so it comes naturally to me to write in this genre.

Sizzler Editions: Where do you get your ideas?

Tilly Andrews: I think that most of us have some of these ideas buried deep in our psyche. The trick is to allow yourself to bring them to the forefront of your thinking and weave a book around them. The book has to have a plot, and working out the plot is my favourite part.

Sizzler Editions: How and when do you write?
Tilly Andrews: I write in the evenings mostly, due to other commitments on my time. I need silence when I am writing and I certainly need to be alone.

Sizzler Editions: What do you like most about being an author?.

Tilly Andrews: I always wanted to be an author as a child. I never thought I would be writing erotica for one second. What I really like is that you can go anywhere and do anything, your are only limited by your own imagination. I think is a real privilege to take your readers with you on some of these journeys.

Sizzler Editions: What is your advice to beginning writers.
Tilly Andrews: Plan what you are going to write. Schedule some time onto your daily or weekly schedule, or even annually schedule if you work. February here in the UK is the perfect writing month. If you start a book – finish it. You can go back and change things once you have finished the main body of the work.

Sizzler Editions: Is there anything you would like to say to your fans?

Tilly Andrews: Thanks for reading my books.

Sizzler Editions: What can your readers look forward to from you in the future.
Tilly Andrews: I want to explore the darker sides of life. As of yet, I am not too sure how dark I want to go, so it will be a journey for me.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Editor Sascha Illyvich teaching How to write Male POV and create better heroes

Hey Folks,

I'll be teaching Male POV for Writers and Creating Better Heroes August 15th-28th online. The outline follows:

In this workshop, we’ll break down the eight archetypes a little, give a bit of background on the male mindset and psychology behind it and delved deeper into the wonderful yet confusing male mind. We’ll explore how his issues affect your plot, why what those issues are is important and how we make him come across. We’ll discuss cross gender writing and author bias, tearing bias down so we can give you new insight into the male mind.

Having already hosted this workshop several times, I have had success with it but looking back on doing it a third time for Collette’s group, I wanted to add more depth, cover more information and add more value to your writing. Due to the increase in romance novels being published AND the increase in m/m romances, I’ve added two new sections to the workshop that will be more beneficial to all authors.

“What Men Really Care about” and “The Gay Male Lifestyle” will explore this POV deeper in hopes that I can assist you in writing more convincing gay males. I’ll cover my bias about the stories I’ve read so far later but just know we have more content for you 

What you’ll learn from this class
• Male Archetypes and how they affect our characters
• How (il)logical men think and why they act the way they do
• How to take any male character from any movie/story and modify him to fit your story
• How to get your man to express his true “self”
• What men REALLY care about and how to work with that for your characters*
• A man’s self view*
• The GAY MALE Viewpoint*
• The Male Cycle of Emotions and how it compares to the female cycle of emotions
• A man’s journey in life
• What men really think

Using character creations sheets (don’t groan!) that have all the relevant information you’ll need, you’ll be able to craft male characters that are just as deep as your female characters. Getting inside the heads of your male characters is the most important aspect of “how to write” them.

Cross gender writing can make or break an author’s career if they cannot portray the opposite gender clearly and accurately. With the growing popularity of M/M romances, it’s becoming increasingly important for males to be portrayed in the proper light! We’ll cover all that here and a lot more!

What People are saying about Sascha Illyvich’s Male POV Class:

“Thank you so much to our workshop presenter, Sascha Illyvich, for the
wonderful insight into writing male characters! We have lots of great
information to consider for our heroes now :-) ” – Karla from Hearts through History RWA Chapter

“Thank you Sascha for a most informative class” Joan Maze, Erotic Romance Author

“Thanks for the POV class, and I’ll definitely be here for the undies class.
:) ” Jacquie Rogers- Erotic Romance Author

“The information you provided as well as what the other class
members said was really helpful. I’m sure both my hero and my villain
will be improved by what I learned even though I was unable to do the
exercises except for the first one.” – Carol Jo, Erotic Romance Author

“This has been a very informative, excellently crafted and helpful class” – Barbara Karmazin, Erotic Romance Author

“Sascha, thank you so much for this class. After taking this class, I
realized that I know my male characters better than I thought but now
I can keep them consistent and on task to reach their ultimate goal.

Thank you so much for your help. I can’t believe the week went by
sooo fast!” Laura Major,

To sign up go to Orange County RWA Website