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Murmur Inc. #2
Hello, everyone! This is Quinn Anderson, author of the Murmur Inc. series, and I’m here to share some inside information about Action, out June 5th. Stay tuned to get an inside look at what filming porn is really like, hear fun facts about this novel, and find out what’s next for the Murmur Inc. series. Leave comments on the tour posts for a chance to win a $10 Riptide Publishing gift card!
About the book:
Pete Griflow is the last person anyone would suspect of being a porn star. He’s quiet, gawky, and can’t even talk to guys without turning red. But on camera, he’s a different person. In the porn world, he’s Jaden Prime, a coquettish power bottom who’s been tantalizing fans for over a year now.
Pete is in a rut, though, and he knows it. And what’s worse, his boss knows it. If he can’t reignite his passion for the biz, he’s going to have trouble paying his none-too-cheap college tuition.
When Pete is given the opportunity to star in a huge summer production, sparks fly between him and his costar, Kyle Darko. Kyle is Pete’s opposite: he’s daring, achingly sexy, and in love with the sex industry. Their chemistry is palpable on and off screen, but dating on a porn set is tricky. Even pros struggle to separate fantasy from reality, especially with a script dictating their seduction. But what’s building between them can’t be ignored, and it’s so much more than getting some “action.”
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Editing, or How I Write Every Book Twice
Ask a hundred authors how they edit/polish their novels, and you’ll get a hundred different answers. Everyone has their own methods, and I’m just the same. In fact, my method has shifted several times over the years. I only now—at twenty-six years old—feel like I’ve found what really works for me.
If I can give any aspiring writers out there some advice, it’s this: don’t start editing until you’ve finished the book. It doesn’t have to be finished, but you must write it all the way to the last scene before looking back. I know a lot of authors tend to reread what they already have before they pick back up again; I used to do the same thing. Don’t.
If you keep reading what’s already there, you’ll never move forward. Or you will, but it will take so much longer, and you’ll be much less confident in what you’re putting in the page. Trust me. Rereading is the enemy of progress.
The method I’ve found that works best for me is this: I get the entire book down. I write fast and shoot for quantity, not quality. If I can’t think of the perfect word, I put one that’s good enough in brackets and come back to it later. I make notes to myself at the ends of my chapters: things I should add, things I should tweak, things I may have forgotten. And then I keep going.
After the book is written, I go back and essentially write it again. When I say that, people are confused, or they think it must take twice as long to write the book again than if I just tried to make it perfect the first time around, but that’s not the case at all.
The second time around, I read through the entire thing from start to finish and change just about every sentence. It’s amazing what a big difference small changes will make. Sometimes all I do is reorder the words, and it flows so much better. With the bare bones already in place, adding flesh is so much easier. Suddenly, I can think of that perfect word that eluded me before. I see flaws and inconsistencies in my characters. The scenes that seemed too flat are simple to deepen. By the time I make it through to the end once more, it really is like I’ve written a totally different version from the first draft, but it doesn’t take as long, because the foundation is already there.
My method may change again in the future, but I swear by not editing until the book is complete.
Thanks for reading, and good luck in the giveaway!
About the author:
Quinn Anderson is an alumna of the University of Dublin in Ireland and has a master’s degree in psychology. She wrote her dissertation on sexuality in popular literature and continues to explore evolving themes in erotica in her professional life.
A nerd extraordinaire, she was raised on an unhealthy diet of video games, anime, pop culture, and comics from infancy. She stays true to her nerd roots in writing and in life and frequently draws inspiration from her many fandoms, which include Sherlock, Harry Potter, Supernatural, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Buffy, Marvel, and more. You will often find her interacting with fellow fans online and offline via conventions and tumblr, and she is happy to talk about anything from nerd life to writing tips. She has attended conventions on three separate continents and now considers herself a career geek. She advises anyone who attends pop culture events in the UK to watch out for Weeping Angels, as they are everywhere.
Her favorite television show is Avatar: the Last Airbender, her favorite film is Tangled, and her favorite book is Ella Enchanted. She can often be spotted at conventions, comic shops, and midnight book releases. If you're at an event, and you see a 6'2'' redhead wandering around with a vague look on her face, that's probably her. Her favorite authors include J.K. Rowling, Gail Carson Levine, Libba Bray, and Tamora Pierce. When she's not writing, she enjoys traveling, cooking, spending too much time on the internet, screwing the rules, finding the Master Sword, guided falling, consulting for the NYPD, guarding the galaxy, boldly going, and catching 'em all.
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To celebrate the release of Action, one lucky winner will receive a $10 Riptide credit! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on June 10, 2017. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!
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