We are delighted to welcome Layla Dorine to Sinfully today on the tour of her new book Desolation Angel.
Journalistic vs Novel writing.
Recently, I took a job with my local paper as a writing consultant. I’d fallen in love with journalism years ago and worked for two years at a daily Virginia Newspaper. I’d also worked on a dark fantasy magazine for roughly three years, which was both fun and challenging. I’ve often thought of doing something like that again, only in an online format, rather than a print one, though I’d have to give a great deal of thought to designing out a website for it first.
The neat thing about Journalistic writing is that it forces you to look more at the facts and bare bones of a story, especially when word count and column inches available plays a major factor in the size of the article allowed. It’s forced me to start looking at economy of words again, and how best to say something in the quickest and most effective way. I’ve found it transferring over into my novel writing, with some interesting results. There are times when the flow is spot on, but in rereading, I feel like I was simply walking the reader through the scene rather than allowing them to actually experience what takes place. It’s great for first drafts, but definitely leaves me going back through and having to flesh scenes out more.
Working for the paper has also reminded me to be mindful of overusing words and not reusing words close together. I’m sure my editors will also be happy to know it’s also been forcing me to take a closer look at how I go about cleaning up my stories. It’s been interesting writing from a journalistic perspective again. While I was afraid at first that it would slow my creative writing process down, if anything, I’ve found that it’s actually sped things up and I’m grateful for it.
Genre: Gay Romance, Contemporary, Rocker Romance
Publisher: Wayward Ink Publishing
Dare gets lost in music only he can hear.
Since childhood, it’s rolled through his mind, drowning out the rest of the world. When he comes back to himself he has the notes and lyrics for the songs his band plays. But he wonders if such talent is worth it, when the rest of his life is such a mess.
All Sionn ever wanted was Dare’s attention.
But that won’t happen as long as Dare has his ‘musical dreams’, so he keeps his attraction a secret. Too bad it’s impossible to keep anything secret when you live with your three best friends. When Sionn’s temper reaches breaking point, he sets Dare on a quest to ‘fix’ himself, in the hopes of gaining the love of the man he adores.
But Fate has a funny way of twisting things.
And ‘normal’ is just a state of mind, isn’t it? While Dare struggles to change, secrets are revealed, loyalties are tested, and the band is offered the chance of a lifetime. Can they pull themselves together fast enough to take advantage of it, or will Dare’s desire to be ‘normal’ unravel all their lives?
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Meet Layla Dorine
LAYLA DORINE lives among the sprawling prairies of Midwestern America, in a house with more cats than people. She loves hiking, fishing, swimming, martial arts, camping out, photography, cooking, and dabbling with several artistic mediums. In addition, she loves to travel and visit museums, historic, and haunted places.
Layla got hooked on writing as a child, starting with poetry and then branching out, and she hasn’t stopped writing since. Hard times, troubled times, the lives of her characters are never easy, but then what life is? The story is in the struggle, the journey, the triumphs and the falls. She writes about artists, musicians, loners, drifters, dreamers, hippies, bikers, truckers, hunters and all the other folks that she’s met and fallen in love with over the years. Sometimes she writes urban romance and sometimes its aliens crash landing near a roadside bar. When she isn’t writing, or wandering somewhere outdoors, she can often be found curled up with a good book and a kitty on her lap.
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