Friday, May 1, 2015

Writing Quirks & Must-Haves by Kate Fierro ~ Love Starved #GayFiction #Giveaway

Welcome to the Love Starved Blog Tour.

And here's author Kate Fierro to tell us about her 

Writing Quirks and Must-Haves To Write

I’m not picky. In a pinch, when plot bunnies are bouncing all over my brain and scenes demand to be written, I can write anywhere, at any time, on anything. I’ve typed bits of stories on my phone, written them on random scraps of paper and taken notes on napkins and receipts while sitting on buses, in preschool locker rooms or on countless playgrounds, surrounded by people. When words bubble out of me, they need to be written down now, no matter what.

But in my regular daily writing, I need certain things that make the process of creating a story much easier.

I need time. The road from a wiggly, brand new idea to the final draft of a novel is a long and twisty one, and at least in the initial phases, I need to let the plot bunnies grow and mature at their own pace. Once the story is all planned and I start writing, I can push it and make sure I add to the word count every day, but the early stages are like gently extracting a fragile treasure from the ground by touch alone: careful fingers exploring lines and curves and possibilities, finding the shape of the story and the intricacies of it, uncovering it enough for it to catch the light. Sometimes it takes days, sometimes months, and that stage can’t be rushed. And if it results in my walking around with an absent expression for days at a time and forgetting about house chores as I plot and brainstorm instead… oh well.

I need solitude. I am an introvert, and if I don’t have at least a few hours of alone time every day, I quickly start to feel off. I can’t write if I’m constantly surrounded by people because being social uses up all of my energy. Unlike many writers, I’m unable to write in coffee shops or other chatter-filled places unless it’s just a quick scene that’s waiting to be typed up.

I need my people. That may seem contrary to what I just said about solitude, but this is not about people who are physically around me. I have a few fantastic friends who help my writing process, and my stories wouldn’t be the same without them. Most of the time I write alone, but sometimes I need help brainstorming or editing, or an honest, objective opinion about a draft, and in those moments their help is indispensable. Whether it’s by jolting my creativity, correcting my misconceptions about the American culture or talking me down from an attack of self-doubt, they make me and my writing so much better.

I need good writing supplies. I’m actually quite picky about the paper and writing implements I use. All my early notes are handwritten -- it’s my way of working out problems and unpacking ideas -- and I’m partial to yellow legal pads (which are unavailable where I live, so I have to occasionally beg my US-based friends for supplies) and pens that feel just right when they slide over the paper. An unsatisfactory pen is a sure way to distract me and get me out of the zone.

Love Starved by Kate Fierro


Micah Geller considers himself lucky: at 27, he has more money than he needs, a job he loves, a debut book coming out, and a brilliant career in information security before him. What he doesn’t have is a partner to share it with—a fact that’s never bothered him much.

But the romantic in him isn’t entirely dead. When a moment of weakness finds him with a contact to a high-class escort specializing in fulfilling fantasies, Micah asks for only one thing.

Show me what it’s like to feel loved.

Pages: 304 pages

Categories: Fiction, gay Fiction, M/M Romance, New Adult, Romance


Angel’s shoulders were broad and strong; his hands kept a warm, steady pressure on Micah’s back, holding him so close that he could feel the movement of Angel’s chest with every breath he took. They stayed near the edge of the impromptu dance floor, swaying with the music. Micah felt safely surrounded, contained—in the familiar song, in the arms that felt as if they were made to hold him, in the magic of this evening. He turned his head, just to glance at Angel’s face, and couldn’t turn away, mesmerized by the look in his eyes. They held the world within—the world of affection, of caring. Of desire. It made something stir in Micah’s belly, a long-banished want.

Angel’s eyes flickered down to Micah’s mouth, and then back up. He bit his plump lower lip.

Around them, people were dancing, music was enveloping them in its sweet enchantment, and night air cooled Micah’s cheeks. Inside, he had suddenly only one desire. And he could have it. He’d been told to take what he wanted tonight.

About the author:

Kate Fierro spent ten years translating, editing, and reviewing other people’s words before making an impulse decision to write down some of her own. She hasn’t been able to stop ever since. Kate lives in Europe and is bilingual, with more love for her adopted language than her native one.
With nearly a million words under her belt, Love Starved is Kate’s debut novel.

Where to find the author:
Twitter: @kate_fierro
Pinterest: MissKateFierro

Publisher: Interlude Press
Cover Artist: Artwork by Valerie Schroedl, cover design by BuckeyeGrrl Designs

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1 comment:

Unknown said...

Thank you for hosting me today! :)