Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Guest Blogger Kris Fletcher - Double Your Pleasure

Hello, Naughty Novelists and readers! Thanks so much for hosting me today. I'd like to talk about the pleasures of doubling up – and for once, I'm not talking about supervising homework while cooking dinner.

Last July, I finally experienced the moment that every writer dreams about: I got The Call. Harlequin wanted to buy one of my stories for their Superromance line. I was ecstatic, of course, and immediately dove into revising A Better Father

About a month later, my agent and I agreed to self-publish one of my other books, Call of the Wilder, so it would be available when the Super was released. It all sounded so manageable back then, with months between me and the release dates. In truth, it wasn't too overwhelming,

That is, until release week.

Two books releasing in one week. Two sets of pages to create and update on my website. Two books to discuss in blogs, to mention on Twitter and Facebook. Two sets of numbers to watch. And, and while this was happening, I also had revisions to do on my November Superromance. And did I mention it was spring break and three of my kids were home all day, every day?

It was a whirlwind of a week, exciting and exhausting and pretty well everything I had always imagined it would be. It also left me feeling great empathy for a character in Call of the Wilder. Our heroine, Gemini Wilder, is the daughter of a long-term threesome. Her mother Cyn fell in love with identical twins. One of them is Gem's biological father, but since they are identical, no one knows which twin fired the winning shot.

Gemini has a few (cough, cough) commitment issues stemming from this family arrangement, and playing with them gave me great delight as I wrote the story. But as I spent release week trying to ensure that both of my stories received the attention they deserved, I found myself wondering over and over how Cyn Wilder managed to juggle two men for thirty-plus years. All I can conclude is that she is a far stronger and more energetic woman than I will ever be!

But tell me, readers: what do you think would be the biggest challenge in building a lifelong relationship with two partners?

Kris Fletcher grew up in southern Ontario, went to school in Nova Scotia, married a man from Maine, and now lives in central New York. She shares her very messy home with her husband, an every-changing number of their kids, and the occasional grand-hamster. Her greatest hope is that dust bunnies never develop intelligence


Meg Benjamin said...

Hi Kris, welcome to the Naughty Nine. And congrats on having two releases coming up!

kris said...

Thanks, Meg! I'm having a blast!

Kelly Jamieson said...

Welcome to the Naughty Nine Kris, and congratulations! I have to say, as someone who has written a few menage a trois stories, I am totally intrigued by Call of the Wilder!!

kris said...

LOL, thanks, Kelly! Call of the Wilder is definitely more "thirty years after the menage" then an actual menage story, but I hope I did justice to the enduring love that we all wish for our characters.

Erin Nicholas said...

Hi, Kris! I love the cover on Call of the Wilder! I'm also intrigued by this story and how that history affects the character-- will check it out! :)

kris said...

Thanks so much, Erin!