Monster

The book my son stressed out about for months, Monster, now has a cover. In keeping with the theme it is colorful and bright. He is hard at work on Wonder, the third in the series.

I’ve always encouraged my kiddos to write. My daughter is a copy writer by day and writes children’s books for fun. I’m so proud of them both.

My son has been writing stories since fifth grade. He constantly has three or four stories he is juggling at one time. I have no clue how he does it. For a long time, he couldn’t seem to finish a story and worried it would always be that way. Last year, we started writing together. Not on the same story, just at the same time. We’d sit in the great room and bounce ideas off each other when one of us would get stuck. The book I was writing at the time, Bondage Anniversary, was shorter than Night and I finished first. On one of our month long trips to NY, my husband went through mine and edited the rough draft. Once we were home, we submitted it. By that time, my son had finished his, but wasn’t sure it was good enough to submit and wasn’t sure where to submit it to. When Totally Bound, responded positively toward my book, it spurred him to send in his. It has been a journey for both of us and to be able to share this with him is something I will be forever thankful for. If

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My First Interview

I had the privilege of being interviewed by a fellow BDSM author, Normandie Alleman. It was such fun. When you have a moment, please check out her site. You’ll find an excerpt from Bondage Anniversary and a few pieces of trivia about me. If you look through her archives, you’ll find interviews with many exciting authors and updates on Normandie’s latest work.

http://normandiealleman.com/2013/12/tori-carson-bondage-anniversary/

Thank you, Normandie!

Author’s Copy

I received the author’s copy of my first book, Bondage Anniversary. I’m definitely excited and trying to keep the focus on the positive. This has been a crazy adventure. I have certainly learned a lot about the publishing industry and about my loved ones. My inner circle of friends and family has been shuffled to say the least.

Some friends who I wouldn’t have expected to stand by me, have stepped up and become some of my loudest cheerleaders. Surprisingly, it’s brought me closer to my in-laws. I would have bet the moon and stars that never would happen and yet it has. For that alone, I’m grateful.

My extended family (sigh)…well suffice to say they love me, even though they are disappointed. Their hearts are in the right place and I’m going to keep my focus there.

My family is tight. We specialize in unconditional love in our home. The kids (now adults) were raised to know that no matter what–they were loved by us and they give it back to us in return.

We have many more bumps in the road ahead. As the books come out, I expect some uncomfortable moments will surface. Once my son’s book is released, a whole new set of hurdles will be thrown out there. Some, find his genre even less appropriate than mine. One thing is for sure, we will be there for each other.

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Today’s the Day!

Such an exciting day. As many of you know, I’ve been on a three week trip to NY. I can honestly say, I never want to take another trip of this length ever again. I guess I’m a homebody.

Today we hop on a plane and make our journey home. And boy are we ready. It is also the day that Bondage Anniversary becomes available for pre-order on Totally Bound’s website. It is a total rush to see my book on the same carousel as some of my favorite authors. I feel truly privileged.

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Point of View

Today, I was asked how I make my characters have such unique personalities. Their take on the subject was, I’ve created these ‘people’ in my mind, a forty-something, wife and mother of two–mind, so how can I write a from the point of view of a twenty-something accurately? After I thanked them profusely for telling me I succeeded in that goal, I was pretty much stumped on how to reply.

In my mind, the characters are real. Do they walk the streets, hold down actual jobs and scene at the kink club DiscipliNations? No, I haven’t slipped that far 🙂 However, the ‘people’ in my story come to me with distinct personalities. It’s my job to write in such a way that my readers get to know them and see them as real people too.

The first two books in the Desired Discipline series, Bondage Anniversary  and Bondage Celebration are available January 3rd and February 14th of 2014. I hope you choose to read them and let me know what you think.

Missed it!

Life decided to rear its ugly head this weekend. Our well went on strike and stopped pumping water. As soon as we handled that crisis, our hot water tank died. On top of that mess, and I do mean mess, I got sick. For the last forty-eight hours, I’ve barely been out of bed and not for any fun reasons either 😦

As you can imagine, money has flown out of my pockets for all the repairs and the doctor visit, getting sick sucked, yet what I regretted most was I hadn’t been able to work on my story. I’ve never had a job that I didn’t enjoy time away from. It was a shocker to feel the need to write, to miss not sitting in front of the computer for hours and hours putting the story together.

It made me realize I was part of that very small minority that actually loved their job. How cool is that? I guess it was a good weekend after all.

Obsession

A question has been swirling around in my head today…Is obsession always a bad thing? The strict definition of the word contains the phrase ‘unwanted emotion or idea’. In the past, I’ve become, what I would consider, obsessed with a story from one of my favorite authors. I’ve been unable–or perhaps unwilling is more accurate–to put the books down. And I freely admit I hope my readers feel the same ‘obsession’ with my Desired Discipline series, once it becomes available. So, I wonder if obsession is necessarily bad…

Writers will often describe their characters as ‘obsessed’ with their partner’s touch or kiss. I suppose if the feelings are not mutual, it could lead down a painful path. But what about when the feelings are mutual? Is it bad then as well? When two people can’t keep their hands off each other, they can’t wait to be with each other, or when their thoughts consistently return to their partner–is that obsession and if so, is that always bad?