Today we're joined by author Dani Collins, whose book The Russian's Acquisition includes a sexy Russian (natch!), a virgin heroine, and a plot for revenge. Dani is here to talk about taking risks in writing, and the balance of presenting the familiar with the unknown. Thanks, Dani!
One of the biggest challenges facing all artists is, “How do I do what I love, stay true to myself, and make enough money to eat?”
I’ve been pondering this a lot lately, especially after I had an editor pull me back on a particular character. My heroine had an edge on her. To my mind I was taking chances and thinking bigger. A heroine with serious flaws becoming a lovable heroine was a broader character arc than perfect to loveable, right? (It’s worked more than once for Susan Elizabeth Phillips!)
But the word ‘commercial’ came out and kind of stopped me in my tracks. Did I want creative freedom? Or a return on the investment of my time?
I needed a firmer grip on how and why some writers manage to take huge chances and come out on top. My first thought, of course, was something like the Fifty Shades trilogy, but as groundbreaking as it appears to be, it’s not. There was a huge readership for BDSM erotic romance before those books came out, so why did it appear so new and different? Simply because E.L. James makes the leap to readers to whom erotic romance is beyond their typical scope of reading?