Dragonfly Dance, Whiskey Creek Press Torrid, Contemporary Erotic Romance, February 2011
Her fingers play the fiddle like nobody's business. Her band is Littlehawk Lightening. Her future is Tucker Jennings. They'll share their dreams, somewhere on the open plains of South Dakota. Just like they'd always planned. When Lori Littlehawk walks in on Tucker in the arms of another woman, her dreams crumble.
The Dragonfly Dance is a South Dakota tradition and Lori realizes she'll attend this year's dance single, for the first time. When she learns a talent scout is coming to the dance in search of a fiddle band to feature in a movie, Lori is determined to catch that scout's attention with new and fabulous music.
On cue, the skies come alive with swarming dragonflies under a perfect prairie sky and music fills the air. Lori meets a dark handsome man and impetuously sets her fiddle aside to explore her new freedom. She has no idea her delicious new playmate is the talent scout and she definitely has his attention.
Please describe your writing environment.
Curled up in my bed with my laptop. The house is quiet and my cat Rufus is usally snoozing on my feet.
Please tell us your latest news!
I'm so pleased to announce the release of Dragonfly Dance! This is about a young woman exploring new freedom and her decadent romp on the prairies of South Dakota. It includes many things near and dear to my heart...dragonflies, prairie grass, fiddle music, cold beer on a hot summer night....
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I always include animals in my stories...I guess since this is a novelette, I just didn't have room!
Do you have a specific writing style?
Panster...I start with a title and build a general story around it. Then I decide how long. I knew Dragonfly Dance was going to be a novelette, so I decided high points, lowest of lows, climax and a happy-for-now ending. I usually block my stories into chapters and have an idea of what will happen in each. From there, things just happen. I've tried to outline more formally, but it just doesn't work for me.
Do you see writing as a career?
At this point, no way. If we define a career as something we do to earn a living. Ha! I write because I love to create. The fact that I have a publisher and people read what I create sometimes blows my mind....
Do you plan all your characters out before you start a story or do they develop as you write?
They develop as I write...painstakingly! Sometimes my first few chapters feel so flat to me and I know it's becasue I don't really "know" the characters yet. Unfortunately, I have to take time and get to know them. I envy authhors who can write quickly and get that depth right away.
What's been the most challenging part of writing for you?
The discipline to finish a story. There are so many times when I want to just throw a 20,000-word manuscript in the fire and forget it. Finding the determination to fix what's broken and keep at it -- that's hard.
Did you pick the title for your book? If it has been changed please tell us about the process.
Titles come first for me. I've watched dragonflies in the skies on any summer evening and it occured to me one day that it looked like a dance. The wheels just started turning...it felt very rural and prairie-like. I've spent some time under the open skies of South Dakota and I knew that's where my story would unfold.
What are your hobbies?
I also do cover art at Whiskey Creek Press and I love it. That is a playground for the other side of my brain. I am learning the program Painter and I hope to find time to create portraits. I also promised myself that 2011 would be my first half marathon.
Do you have any animals? Do they influence your writing?
Animals (and animal hair) are a big part of my life. Now that I think about it, Dragonfly Dance is the first of my books that does not have an animal presence! We have draft horses, so Home To Hawk Ridge was fun to write. I didn't have to do a whole lot of research for the hero's logging business. I usually have a cat or dog somehwere in my stories. Dang...I wish I could add one to Dragonfly Dance!
If you had to choose one person to have dinner with, who would it be? And why?
Dr. Phil! He'd tell me to get real and all that but maybe he'd give me some life strategies. Doesn't he seem like he could fix everything?
What's your favorite drink?
Milk, Diet Mug Root Beer and beer in a frosty glass.
What main genre do you write in?
Erotica / Spicy Romance