I had some questions about how so prolific an author as Ms. Logan manages it, and she graciously answered them.
- What is a typical writing day like for you?
I generally start out by looking at my outline to see where I should be going that day and then I read over what I wrote the day before to see how much progress I made, before sitting down to write. There is a difference between what the outline says and what actually happens, so no matter how much planning goes on, the manuscript often takes on a life of its own. Then, I sit down and write. If it is an easy writing day, I keep writing till I get tired or don’t feel inspired anymore. If it’s a difficult writing day (mostly because I don’t feel inspired), I will write until I have a certain amount of words on the page (usually a thousand) and then take a break and watch an episode of something on Netflix and then go back and write another thousand words and then watch an episode. On a good day, I can finish 4-5K that way and I consider that a productive day for me.
- What is the least satisfying thing about being a writer?
Not being able to do it fast enough. I wish I could wave a magic wand over the page and have everything I’ve ever wanted to say in the book, come pouring out on the page so that I could move on to the next book. I have so many stories to tell and I can’t write them down fast enough. It drives me crazy. Some authors I know start ten books and go back and forth between them. I write one book at a time until it is done so I’m always chomping at the bit to get to the next one.
- What is the most satisfying thing about being a writer?
Writing a scene and knowing that it is as perfect as I could possibly make it. I have literally stood up and done a screaming fist pump when I’ve finished an incredibly beautiful or funny scene. I love to laugh about just about things and sometimes something will tickle me to death and I can’t wait to write it down. I had several of those moments when writing “The Superstar”. The book came easily to me and is the longest book at 82K words that I’ve written in a long time and there are some scenes that had me crying laughing before they ever left my head and made it to the paper. I’m really happy they got there the way I wanted them to. I ran one scene past my friend Kage Alan, who is a comedy writer and I had him in stitches and of course, he suggested I make it a running gag through the whole book so it became one.
- What makes you want to write?
Like I said before, I have so many stories in my head that if I didn’t get them all on paper, I’d be a lunatic.
- Where and when do you prefer to write?
It depends on the weather. I’ve been writing a lot out on my patio. It’s great being outdoors and I live in Southern California so the weather is cooperative most of the year. Even now, in November, I spent several hours outside writing today. If the weather is nasty, too hot or cold or rainy, I write upstairs in my bedroom. It’s the quietest spot in the house and away from the bustle downstairs with my boisterous 2 year old granddaughter or whoever happens to be around.
Book Name: The Superstar
Author Name: Patricia Logan
Patricia Logan resides in Los Angeles, California along with her husband, four children, her grandchild and ever increasing number of cats. When not being stage mom, baking cookies, or scooping kitty litter, she writes steamy, award winning, gay erotic romance and tries to lead her readers on a journey of discovery with more than a little angst.
Cover Artist: Jeff Adkins: www.jpadkinsdesigns.com
Storm Ellison is the sexiest man on two legs. The gorgeous young star of “Trapped on an Island”, the hottest reality show on television, is instantly recognizable the moment he leaves his palatial mansion. Paparazzi follow him everywhere, leaving him no peace or privacy, selling his pictures to the tabloids, and cementing his reputation in the press as a slutty gay playboy. As Storm prepares to sign his first major movie deal, his manager decides he needs protection. What he doesn’t expect, is to be attracted to the cold bastard who’s now running his life.
Balthazar Grant, freelance bodyguard, is a huge, handsome, rough and ready former Marine, trained by the best, and willing to step between Storm and anyone stupid enough to come at him. Always stoic and serious, Taz lends a deadly presence to Storm’s entourage whenever he ventures out in public. Storm doesn’t want a bodyguard, much less one who won’t let him live his fast and loose lifestyle with impunity and he’s certainly not one to be dictated to by an overconfident Marine who has opinions about everything including who he should hook-up with.
When a deadly threat hits Storm’s world, he’s suddenly living his own reality show, only this one has an outcome which doesn’t involve being voted off an island. Will Storm wake up before it’s too late and will Taz be able to fight his attraction to the handsome young superstar while trying to convince him he’s in very real danger? The pair will soon learn that reality is stranger than fiction.
Jules grinned again. “You like Storm, Taz. You LIKE like him!” she raised her voice and Taz looked around to see who else could have overheard her.
“I like him fine, Jules; I work for the guy,” he replied, intentionally misunderstanding her.
“No, Taz, you are ‘in like’ with Storm,” she reiterated. She reached up and took hold of his sunglasses, dragging them off his face. “Look me in the eyes and tell me you don’t like Storm like that, big guy. Whoa, those are some dreamy eyes,” she sighed.
Taz felt embarrassed and exposed without his shades and hated the fact that she could see the very real truth in his eyes when all he wanted to do was deny it. He averted his gaze, staring out onto the dance floor only to regret it immediately when he noted Storm’s arms wrapped around the twink, his lips being plied by the smaller man’s as their lower bodies ground against each other to the beat of the music. The moment he saw them, he frowned.
“See? That’s what I’m talkin’ about, Taz. You can’t stand the way that other man touches Storm. You want him for yourself,” she said emphatically.
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