I’ve been following today’s guest blogger, Cat Johnson, on Twitter for a while now. She’s got the most gorgeous hat on in her avatar. I stole the one on the left from her blog profile, but you can also see it on her website’s header. (Did you know I love hats? I don’t look great in them, but I buy ’em anyway!) From that beautiful hat, and a look at the books she writes involving cowboys, I figured she was a native Texan. Uh uh. I was wrong. Cat lives on an 18th century farm in Hudson Valley, New York. She plays the harp professionally (I’ve been told it’s one of the most difficult instruments to play), but according to her website:
on any given day she is equally as likely to be in formal eveningwear as in mucking clothes covered in manure. Most often she is in pajamas on her laptop.
Ah, a woman after my own … pajamas! So today I introduce to you Renaissance woman, Cat Johnson …
When Leah asked me to guest blog I of course did my research and read the past month’s worth of blog spots to see what she was looking for. How funny is it that the topic that tickled my fancy most, and gave me inspiration, was her post about research (See Leah’s September 3rd post).
Like Leah I have often wondered about what the government would think if they monitored my internet usage because I have some interesting and probably incriminating web browsing and conversations happening myself. In fact, the active duty soldier who helps me with the details for my military romances recently asked me to send my emails regarding IEDs and OPFOR training to his Yahoo account rather than his army.mil email address. Apparently they monitor military accounts for terrorist-related key words and the scene I’d emailed for him to check for accuracy was just packed full of them.
That is just the tip of the iceberg. Let me see if I can relate some snippets to give the readers an insight of what life is really like for an erotic romance writer.
RE: Bodily Functions
I would love to have a video of my face when the soldier (in his mud hut at an FOB in Afghanistan on IM) told me the latrine procedures. I won’t get into details in case any of you are eating, but what he told me absolutely boggles the mind. In fact, I wrote our conversation nearly word for word into a scene in my military romance novel A Prince Among Men.
When erotic authors get together, both in person and online, we will end up talking about sex. What people have to understand is we’re not really talking about sex; we’re talking about our writing. Bouncing ideas off each other really helps, as does comparing books we’ve written and read, issues we’ve had in our books and how we solved them. However those walking by usually get quite an earful and I’ve had some work-related conversations with other authors and my editors on IM about sex that would probably make even a politician’s head spin.
RE: Embarrassing Questions
Researching my rodeo cowboy threesome, Rough Stock, also spurred some pretty funny conversations on IM with the 22 year-old bull rider who agreed to help me with the details. The most amusing were probably my asking if he rode while wearing a protective ‘cup’ and questioning the post-ride effects of adrenaline on a cowboy’s sex-drive. To his credit, he didn’t blink an eye and answered all my questions. (After a year of working together on three different cowboy ménages and a couple of short stories, he’s used to expecting the unexpected from me now.) Below is the blurb for Rough Stock so you can see the results of our efforts.
So anyway, if I ever get investigated for inappropriate Internet use because of my research on old Russian automatic weapons or how much money a person can earn filming a porno, I expect you all to back me up. It’s all in the name of romance, I swear!
Thanks for having me.
The heart wants what it wants…
Bronc riders Mason and Clay have shared both good times and bad as best friends, but they never expected to share their boss’s daughter, April. Can two friends love one woman, body and soul, without it destroying them?
The heart wants what it wants. For April that means not choosing between the two cowboys she loves, no matter how wrong it may seem inviting them both into her bed.
Life sends the three lovers in opposite directions, but a devastating injury brings them all together again. Their relationship now is no less bittersweet—or complicated—than before. Once severed, old ties leave scars that are tough to heal…
This book has been previously published and has been revised and expanded from its original release.
Thanks, Cat. Boy Howdy, I want to listen in on some of those conversations with that active duty soldier who gives you tips on the guy’s POV. What a resource! (My nephew’s preparing to head over to Afghanistan with his outfit soon, but asking him the questions I want to ask? That would just be TOO strange, LOL) Now I have to go look for Cat’s A Prince Among Men. (Did anyone else’s imagination flash onto Prince Harry with his unit when they saw that title?)
In honor of the re-release of Rough Stock, I’m offering a copy to one lucky commenter. (Winner to be announced next Tuesday, September 29th)