I’ve had a few people ask me how I was inspired to write THE GROUND RULES. No… it wasn’t from personal experience – my life is not that exciting, thankfully. Lol! But there is a story… and here it is.
Not long ago, I didn’t even read erotic romance. I was a huge fan of contemporary romance but never thought I would enjoy anything steamier. I had been writing for years and had written two romances, one of which was humorous Chick-Lit (both have yet to be published).
I was working on a third romance Back to You (self-published), when I read a little book called Fifty Shades of Grey – everyone was raving about it, and I had to see what it was all about. I devoured it, of course. And then I realized I enjoyed a steamier read, and I started to read other erotic romances. I became a fan of Christina Lauren, Bella Andre, and various Blaze Harlequin and indie writers, always looking for a juicy read. I enjoyed reading erotic romance, but I never in a million years thought I was ever going to write one.
But then… one day, something happened. I was chatting with a friend and he was telling me all about his sister (who had been married for years and had two children) and was in an open relationship. I was riveted, of course. So much drama!
Me: That’s crazy! So they all hang out together and sleep with each other?
Friend: Pretty much!
Me: Tell me more. My life is so boring. I need to vicariously live through your sister.
Friend: It’s really messed up. She’s fallen in love with this other person and now she’s in love with two people.
Me: And God… they have children. That is so crazy. I can’t even imagine!
Not long after, I also read a magazine article about the poly-amorous lifestyle and how it was on the rise. And I became fascinated by the whole concept. I thought there’s no way in hell I could ever do it… I’m much too jealous for that! And I’m much too emotional and sentimental too… I would totally fall in love.
But what if? I thought. What if someone like me, an ordinary mom and wife who has been with her husband for years and who was still very much in love, just happened to meet the most enigmatic and beautiful man she’d ever seen and be thrown into such a situation? What kind of drama would ensue? How could she resist the temptation? How could she not fall in love?
That would make an AMAZING erotic romance, I thought. It’s too damn bad I don’t write erotic romance. So I reluctantly let the idea go.
But days later… weeks later, the idea would NOT leave me. I was obsessed. I started thinking about the characters, and daydreaming about scenes. So I decided to jot down a few notes. Just a few…
Twenty-four pages of notes later!! I knew I HAD to write this story. I was COMPELLED to write it. I have nothing to lose, I told myself. No one will probably ever read it, I thought.
And once I started writing, the words flew. I was loving it! And what was supposed to be one book, quickly turned into three because the story kept going in my mind. I fell in love with the characters, and with the story. And I discovered that I enjoy writing steamy scenes just as much as I enjoy reading them.
So I was doing my thing and I was in the middle of writing Book 2, when I discovered my future publisher. I was doing my weekly groceries at Wal-Mart and came upon a book called Gabriel’s Inferno by Sylvain Reynard. It caught my attention because Gabriel was one of my characters’ name. And I liked the cover. I read the blurb at the back and quickly decided to buy it. I loved it! And after finishing it, I read the acknowledgements, as I often do. And there, I read about a small publisher by the name of Omnific Publishing. I googled them and liked their motto ‘Romance without rules.’ I was very well aware that most publishers, like Avon or Harlequin would never publish my book because of its unconventional theme, but I had a feeling Omnific would like it, so I told myself I would submit the trilogy when it was completed.
In July of 2014, I finally submitted to Omnific. It was my only submission. If they had rejected it, I would have self-published. But they read Book 1 and loved it and offered me a contract! I was over the moon!
About a year later, when Book 1 finally released, I wasn’t too sure if many people would read it, but thanks to all you wonderful readers, bloggers, reviewers and fellow authors who have spread the word, it has found success! I am so very thankful. This has been SO MUCH fun!