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A LITTLE BACKGROUND ON STEVIE WOODS
I’ve been writing gay romance for publication for about three years now and looking back it has been quite a ride.
When I was offered my first contract by a publisher, I was overjoyed. I’d sold a book. Someone actually wanted to publish my book! People would actually get to read it! You get the picture. At the time, that was all that really mattered to me. I’d spent almost a year writing that novel. What with the research, the first draft, the self-edits, the re-write – well I’m sure you can understand. I’m not saying I didn’t have a ball writing it, but still I had wanted a result after all that effort.
Since that first contract I’ve had 26 releases, including novels, novellas and short stories with three publishers. And I haven’t lost the desire to keep putting words on paper, creating a story that I hope someone will want to put in front of readers. I have written now in a variety of sub-genres, historical, fantasy, futuristic, contemporary, paranormal and, most recently, suspense and I enjoy trying new things. I’ve not always succeeded but I have surprised myself sometimes at what I have been willing to attempt. There are still some genres though of which I’m wary, BDSM for example. I enjoy reading works by those who know the subject well, but I am not one of them and I’m pretty certain discerning readers would recognize that fact. I also don’t know enough about police procedurals, I’ll leave that subject to the authors who do.
This year I had my first pre-planned series, The Tomcat Line, published – at least the first four novellas are already released, the final novel in the series is still to go through edits. I specify the first ‘pre-planned’ because I do already have a few short series published but they were not planned as series; each one began as a single work for which I was asked for a sequel or prequel: Cane and Conflict, Beyond the Veil and Drawing the Veil, The Wrong Path and Twists and Turns. I don’t know if I will ever do another pre-planned series, I would like to but we’ll just have to wait and see.
It’s an ongoing process and I have other works contracted or submitted. To keep the readers interest it’s necessary to keep adding to my list of works. Sometimes I have two or three ideas in the works at once and it can be difficult to know what to work on. Some authors can write more than one story at once, though I find that difficult. I have done so, especially if they are short stories, but it’s not ideal for me. If I am working on a novel, particularly one that needs lots of research, then I really need to concentrate on that. I have written a few short stories recently and my next project is going to be a novel, and I’m not going to let myself get distracted <g>.
I have had two recent releases, Revenge is a Dish, a contemporary/thriller from Torquere Press, and The Kiva (#4 in The Tomcat Line Series) from MLR Press.
You can check out my website: http://steviewoods.com/
And contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Revenge is a Dish