I’ve returned from my vacation and it was every bit as relaxing as I had hoped. Sure, I got sunburned in a few areas, but it was worth it. This is important to me because as both a writer and a person, I am a creature of habit. I have a routine and I like to stick to it most of the time. However, as I’ve gotten older, I’ve learned to switch things up every now and then. This has helped me mature. Again, both as a writer and as a person.
Being on the beach, soaking in the sun, and admiring the sights did a lot to relax me. It also helped inspire me. It’s easy to feel disconnected from people when you’re so focused on writing out a story. A big part of what makes any story work, especially one with romantic and erotic themes, is making the people feel real. Not every character can be a superhero. Not every relationship can be Shakespearean in its purity. There are places for stories like that, but they’re too easy to resort to when a plot breaks down. I don’t want my stories to be that bland. I hope it shows once “Embers of Eros” and my other pending books come out.