Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Writing Buddy Wednesday: Mel Teshco

This week I have as my special guest, DarkSider, Mel Teshco. Mel is the author of erotic paranormal and contemporary tales. If you want your stories hawt, look no further. And to top if it off, she's good people. 

Welcome to the Taverna, Mel!

Your latest release is Lusting the Enemy published by Ellora’s Cave (congratulations!).  Can you describe this book for us?

Thanks Eleni! This is a 26k shape shifter novella set in a dystopian world. The hero is king to his desert nation and the heroine is a shape shifter willing to use her body to seduce him and ultimately try to save her people. Many of the king’s human subjects are murdering the last of her almost extinct race.

You’re such a busy woman. What is your typical writing day like?

Takes one to know one *wink* — I basically squeeze writing in when and where I can. I’m a big believer in writing every day, but not beating oneself up about it if it doesn’t happen. Life sometimes gets in the way. I count my blessings though that I don’t work outside the home, so any spare moment I have goes into my writing or procrastinating with social media and/or stat and rankings checking LOL

Are you a plotter? Pantser? Or somewhere in between?

Pantser. I nearly always start out with a scene in my mind and when I start writing I have no real idea where the story will end up. But there are times when I’m trying to get a story done, where I’ll sit down and do a lot of freehand writing, then once the story peters out I’ll do a basic outline of the next scene, which can help a lot in going forward. So I guess I do sometimes do a vague plot.

You have written many short stories and novellas. What is the attraction of the shorter form?

I don’t have a rambling type of story style, I naturally write short and concise and to the point, so it’s actually harder for me to write longer novels. Mostly though I did short because I had a young child (whose not so young anymore lol!) and it was much easier to cope with short spurts of writing and not have to remember big major plots. I will continue to write novella length for EC and some longer ones too (Galactic Flame, book 3 of Alien Hunger, is a novel at just over 50k), and hope to start writing some single titles as well if a well-paying publisher will have me *g*

What are you working on now?

I’m working on a couple of different manuscripts. Lusting the Enemy is book one and I’ll be working on book 2 soon for my looming deadline lol! But in the meantime I’m scrambling to write another 10k of my single title, Dimensional while trying not to think of another book I’m itching to write.

What or who inspired you to write?

I don’t really have any idea on that one. I just loved reading and I guess that carried over into my need to write. Plus I found it a brilliant outlet for when I had a lot of stress in my life a long time ago, I guess now it’s become my creative outlet =)

What are you currently reading?

I’ve got four on the go right now, depending on my mood. Angels Fall by Nora Roberts, Trinity by Lauren Dane, Destined to Play by Indigo Bloome and on my kindle, Price of Pleasure by Joanna Wylde. 

Thanks for joining me, Mel. You can find Mel on her website, blog, Twitter and FB.

You can buy Lusting The Enemy from Ellora's Cave and  Amazon

Here's the blurb:

Akeisha is on a mission to be chosen as part of a harem for the desert king, Judas. She’ll use her body to entice and beguile, do anything it takes to save the near-extinct larakytes, her shape-shifting silver panther tribe, from Judas’ human subjects, who are trying to eradicate them.

She never expects to succumb to the wild ecstasy in his arms, a pleasure that threatens to expose her inner cat even as it transcends anything she’s ever felt from one of her own kind.

Falling in love with a human enemy was never part of the plan, but maybe there’s more to Judas than meets the eye.

Also look out for Mel's other releases:



Anonymous said...

JUST LOOK AT ALL those books :)
Great Post Mel ... and yes Eleni, agree ... she is *good people* :))

Christina Phillips said...

Congrats on your latest release, Mel! This is one of my reward books for when I finish my current book. Can't wait :-)

Mel Teshco said...

Awww thanks Maryde!!!

And the books are slowly building. Waiting for number 15 and 16 to be released from Elloras Cave - soon I hope! =))

Mel Teshco said...

Thanks Christina!

I love that it's one of your reward books! Hope you enjoy it =)

Eleni Konstantine said...

It's a great body of work, Mel. :)

Peta said...

Do you know what you have done? You have made it impossible for me to keep my New Years resolution not to buy another book until I finished all those in my TBR pile!
Feeling like a kid in a candy store when I look at your backlist.

Imelda Evans said...

What an impressive set of covers there, Mel! Congratulations! And I see your current one is fancied by some other big names as well. And who wouldn't? He is rather hawt! Hope he flies off the shelves for you!

Cheryse Durrant said...

FAB covers, Mel. Can't wait to read!

Mel Teshco said...

Thanks Eleni =))

Mel Teshco said...

Peta that makes my heart sing!!! LOL! I hope you enjoy whichever reads you choose =)

Mel Teshco said...

Thanks Imelda!

Yes, I don't mind sharing the cover limelight with someone like J.R Ward haha =)

Mel Teshco said...

Thanks Cheryse,

Hope you enjoy! :)

Anonymous said...

I'm looking forward to the finished product of Dimensional, Mel. And of course, Galactic Flame - but you know that! :)

Adina West said...

OMG that Galactic Burn cover is lookin' a bit racy! I agree with the other commenters. Great covers, Mel!

Hope Lusting the Enemy does well for you, and get going on that sequel - people are going to want more!


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