I Miss Reading…

I miss reading. Yeah, you know. Words on a page. Words that someone else wrote. Words that provide an escape. Basically, the reason why I started writing in the first place.

I used to read on my Kindle before bed every night. It’s how I discovered Micalea Smeltzer and Jamie McGuire, Addison Moore and Kendall Ryan. I love their books, and I’m so glad to have found them. But now the problem is, one of my favorite pastimes is the same one that I never seem to have time for anymore.

I’m a full-time author, which means that I spend every day at a laptop working on my next love story. And it’s hard sometimes, like today for example. The words wouldn’t flow, and my male lead wouldn’t open up to me the way he usually does. It felt like another case of writer’s block, which I seem to be getting a lot lately.

Then take Monday. I wrote 10,000 words in one day. And they are actually words I’m proud of! Not drivel that needs to be hacked and edited in the review process. But the words exactly as my character would say them if the pen were in her hand instead of mine.

I guess all I’m trying to say is that I have a love of fiction. Something that I’m only able to spend time with in the writer sense as of late. But if you ask any author, we were all readers first. There was one book or one story that inspired us to write one of our own.

For me it was Twilight.

I have a hard cover copy of Stephenie Meyer’s latest release, The Chemist, lying around somewhere in my room. I would love to read it. But I don’t know when I’ll ever have the time. I feel like the TBR List in my head is piling up so high that I may never read again.

The novel I’m currently working on is called An Accident and releases at the end of March. It’s sweet and passionate and intense. Maybe to a degree that all of my other books haven’t been before. I really love this couple, and it has been a privilege to tell their story.

But right now, I am ready for someone else to tell me a story.

Today, Brenna Aubrey released Worth Any Cost, a Contemporary Romance novel that I have been anxious to read since the moment I found out it was coming soon. It’s the fourth book about Adam Drake and Mia Strong, beloved characters that have got to be some of the best as far as love stories are concerned. I really can’t wait to read this book, but I haven’t finished the third one yet. You see, I’ve been neglecting my relationship with reading and books.

Not in the creation sense, of course. I’m writing new ones every day.

But I’m missing a vital element of the whole process.

Great books have always been my greatest muse. They are what inspire me and make me want to write love stories of my own. I really need that part of the creative process, and for the better part of the new year, it has been seriously lacking.

As I finish up this blog post, it is nearing 11 PM on a Tuesday night. I could stay up and write like I did the night before. I’ve always been a night owl. The words come easier than in the daylight hours. But despite all that, I’m not going to stay up writing tonight.

No. I’m going to get in bed, turn on my bedside lamp and spend some time with Adam and Mia. I’m going to finish that 3rd book by Brenna Aubrey called At Any Moment, and I’m going to savor every word.

Maybe it is the writer in me that can’t stop making up stories of her own.

Maybe it is the reader in me that can’t help wanting to cherish and appreciate and experience the words someone else wrote.

The words that I’ll never be able to write.

The words that make me want to be a better writer.

The words that make me feel alive.

So, the moral of this late night off-the-cuff blog post?

Sometimes, you just need to curl up with a good book.

And tonight, I plan on doing exactly that.

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Why I Love Jamie Dornan

One week ago, women across the globe let out a round of collective sighs at the highly anticipated return of S&M billionaire, Christian Grey, to the big screen. And while I’ll admit to getting caught up in the fanfare (I’m listening to the soundtrack, specifically “I Don’t Wanna Love Forever” by Zayn & Taylor Swift as I write this), I am here for more than just the whips and chains. Yes, I’ve read the books and have a huge amount of respect for the creative mind that is E L James. But I have to admit that there is one key element at play while I traipse through the Fifty Shades Frenzy.

I am a massive Jamie Dornan fan.

Yes, it is the pivotal role of Christian Grey that first made me aware of the Irish-born actor. But in 2015, I discovered that I had already seen his handsome face before. In a blink and you’ll miss it role alongside Kirsten Dunst in Sofia Coppola’s 2005 historical biopic, Marie Antoinette, Jamie portrayed the dashing Axel von Fersen.

But the last decade has served the thirty-four-year-old actor well. Married with two young daughters, the model turned actor has shot to stardom thanks to the Fifty Shades franchise, the hit crime drama The Fall, and a short stint on ABC’s Once Upon A Time. (We still miss you Sheriff Graham!) He’s also starred in indie flicks, Anthropoid and The 9th Life of Louis Drax, as well as the four part mini series, New Worlds.

Yes, I have watched everything he has been in.

And I will watch everything he could possibly be in.

I’m a fan.

In middle school, my first true celebrity crush was the one and only Johnny Depp. While I still love Johnny, Jamie Dornan has slowly but surely climbed to the top of the list. I guess it is ironic that they have the same initials: J. D. Johnny Depp. Jamie Dornan. I’ve always had a profound respect for James Dean, too. But anyway…

When I first got to know more about Jamie, I loved how modest and shy he came across. They say he is funny, kind, a family man, and someone who cannot stop singing. (That last part is something I heard Dakota Johnson mentioning about her co-star in an interview.) But despite his notability as a Hollywood Heartthrob, Jamie is extremely down to earth. Or so they say. Not that I would doubt it. But I’ve never met him. Well, not yet…

Plenty of filmgoers view Jamie as the embodiment of Christian Grey. And while he certainly fills the shoes of Mr. Grey with ease, Jamie’s range and versatility as an actor is something that I hope more fans discover in the years to come. As a fan of storytelling, if you have never watched his portrayal of sadistic serial killer Paul Spector on The Fall, I highly recommend that you hop on over to Netflix and start binge watching immediately.

I won’t reveal any spoilers, but I was very sad to see the series end. If you believe that Jamie Dornan is just a pretty face, then you have obviously never watched The Fall. I cannot stress enough how brilliant the writing, plot, development, acting, production, etc. on the show is. When Jamie entered the headlines with Fifty Shades press in 2015, it led me to discovering The Fall which was like stumbling upon hidden treasure. Such a gem.

While we have to wait until 2018 for the conclusion of the Fifty Shades Trilogy, I am looking forward to all of Jamie’s new work to come. Have you heard about the Robin Hood movie he’s filming in Budapest right now? Jamie Foxx is in it, too. Do you think they get confused on set while filming? When someone says Jamie, do they both look up and say, “Yes?”

I’m happy to have Jamie Dornan in the family of actors that is the film industry, and I am proud to be a fan. Some people out there still don’t know who he is. So someone has to spread the word? Right?

On that note, I sometimes draw from actors/models/celebrities when thinking up male leads for my books. I have turned to a handful of actors as my muse for each novel. But there are only a few who have served as my inspiration more than once, portraying more than one character in more than one book. I’m guessing you have a pretty good idea who one of those actors might be. I would list out the books as well as the actors that inspired each, but I think everyone sees a story in their head differently. And I want to leave some mystery for those who want to keep it that way.

Returning to the main point, I think Jamie is a clever, funny, natural talent. I look forward to seeing his future work and know I am not alone when I say that the countdown for Fifty Shades Freed has begun.

So to all my fellow Jamie Dornan fans out there, what’s your favorite thing about the soft spoken actor? For me, I think it’s the love for his wife, Amelia Warner, and their children. Have you ever watched interviews where he talks about her?

It’s the sweetest thing ever. It’s the way it should be, the kind of affection for a spouse that I always look for in my own characters and writing. I don’t know if I’ll ever get the chance to meet Mr. Dornan. But I know there are a ton of fans who love him dearly.

And I am happy to be one of them.

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Why I Love Fifty Shades

The highly anticipated sequel in the blockbuster franchise has finally arrived! After two long years, fans of E L James’s passionate love story will be able to witness what is next for gorgeous yet damaged Seattle billionaire, Christian Grey and his young, innocent love, Anastasia Steele. Fifty Shades Darker is here! Are you ready to slip into something…?

Well… you know the rest.

For fans of Fifty Shades, it is not Grammy weekend (even though those are on Sunday night and Adele and Beyoncé are duking it out for the top prize—who do you think will win?). It is not the one-week anniversary since the Patriots won the Super Bowl and Tom Brady became the first ever quarterback in NFL history to accomplish the feat 5 times (and how about that half-time show by the way? Doesn’t Lady Gaga rock?!). It is not the return of British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran to the Saturday Night Live stage (even though he is scheduled to appear as the musical guest on Saturday night.) And it is not a countdown to Valentine’s Day, even though Cupid’s Annual Day of Shooting Arrows is just around the corner.

For members of Team Fifty, this weekend is all about Christian and Ana.

Fifty Shades of Grey is arguably the most polarizing Romance Novel of the century. Those who love the erotic trilogy shout it from the rooftops and adore the ground E L James walks on. Those who hate is wear their disgust and loathing on their sleeve. Like I said, it’s a polarizing subject matter with love and hate. But the last time I checked, every great success never rose to the top without getting some shade. I mean, did you ever hear that story about The Beatles? How they auditioned for Decca Records, and the label turned them down?

Art is subjective, meaning there is no 2 + 2 about the matter. Some people love The Beatles, some people could care less. And I’m not here to make judgements or say who is right or wrong. All I’m saying is that art is different, people are different. And there is nothing wrong with that. Whether you like Taylor Swift or Bob Marley, I say rock on.

Now… back to the main point.

E L James has created a fantasy world where an innocent, strong young woman can tame the heart of a sadomasochistic monster. And guess what? There are raving fans who love it! Because let’s be honest here, bad boys never change. I mean, I guess it’s possible. Anything is possible. But I’m speaking in generalities here. And that’s what makes Fifty Shades so enticing. You’re witnessing Ana perform a miracle, and like most miraculous works, it is very hard to look away.

So, am I a fan of Fifty Shades? Have I read the books? Do I plan to see the new movie?


Even though I am a Romance Author myself and inexorably biased, E L James is right. At the end of the day, we have two characters who are so deeply and profoundly in love with each other that it shakes the surface of everything else. Christian changes for her. Ana makes him a better man. But the fairytale is realistic in the sense that the two have to fight very hard for what they have—to even have a shot at making the relationship work.

Love it or hate it, you have to admit that Fifty Shades has served as a sexual awakening for some couples. You know what I’m talking about. The boom of “Fifty Shades babies” who may or may not be seen donning a bib with the words, “9 months ago my Mommy read Fifty Shades of Grey.” Don’t believe me? Check out the article here –> http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/london-life/how-fifty-shades-of-grey-sparked-the-biggest-baby-boom-in-40-years-8410863.html

Isn’t it amazing? That the fantasies of one woman can provoke the masses into establishing a deeper level of intimacy with their husbands? And suddenly two becomes three… four… five? However many children were conceived as a result, I think E L James should feel very proud of her contribution to humanity. I mean, what is more fulfilling than knowing the words you put on paper have resulted in the creation of new life?

All I’m trying to say is that Fifty Shades is much more than it appears on the surface. I’ll admit to turning my nose up to the books when I first heard them described as “soft-core mommy porn.” And while there is sex in the book (and plenty of it), there is a story.

A love story that has served as a liberation of women all over the world. That is why fans of E L James adore her. Because she has given them more than entertainment via fiction. She has strengthened the bond with their husbands and boyfriends to a deeper level of intimacy and affection (refer to the article above). And that’s some pretty powerful stuff.

Warren Buffett once said that if you want to be successful in business you need to delight your customer. Not satisfy… but delight. I cannot think of a better example of this than E L James. She goes above and beyond to make sure her fans are pleased. That is the reason why it was so vital that she serve as a producer on the film adaptions of the trilogy.

I look to E L James as a remarkable success story. She is a writer and a businesswoman. And she absolutely knows what she is doing. She understands how much these characters mean to her readers. Christian and Ana are not just a figment of someone’s imagination.

They are real. And I’m sure Christian Grey is at the office right now texting Ana about exactly what is going to happen the moment he gets home. But if you think about it, isn’t that the way it should be? After all, if you’re going to be married to someone, don’t you want to be in love? Who wants a cold relationship? I think we all want affection and warmth. And through the eyes of Erika Mitchell, that is exactly what she has given us.

P.S. I originally titled this post “Why I Love Jamie Dornan” with the intention of showing my love and appreciation for the Irish actor, who embodies Christian Grey in the Fifty Shades Franchise. But I am going to save that post for another day. Apparently when it comes to Fifty Shades of Grey, I had an awful lot to say. To my fellow fans, authors and readers, Happy Release Day! Fifty Shades Darker is here at last…


You Are The Best.

I’ve got almost 10,000 words in for the day, so it’s been a very busy Monday. I’m currently working on my 11th novel, An Accident—a Spin Off of An Arrangement. And yes, I know that you’re dying to know. Benny Lewis will be making several appearances in the spin off. Claire will as well, but An Accident really is Amy’s Story. It’s time for her to fall in love.

I just wanted to take a moment to say thank you.

Mercy is a novel that I waited over a year and a half to write. The original idea was to write about an assassin who just couldn’t kill his beautiful young target. I never imagined that I wouldn’t get to visit the dark romance until it was time for my tenth novel. But I really think the timing worked out perfectly, because all of the pieces that made this story come together had not revealed themselves to me yet.

Julian and Anna’s story was a very emotional experience for me. I was truly upset and had a really difficult time arriving at an ending. For the last quarter of the book I was in tears, because the struggles that these characters go through were just so emotionally jarring for me. I’ve never had a writing project take such a toll on me. I can honestly say that I felt every single high and low that Anna was going through along the way.

Thank you for receiving Anna’s story with open, welcoming arms. I wasn’t sure how readers would respond to the idea of an Ex-President’s Daughter falling in love with a trained assassin, specifically the one who has been hired to kill her. But you have blown me away with your love for these characters and their story. I can never thank you enough for your lovely comments, emails and messages.

I am so happy that you enjoyed Anna and Julian’s tale of love and redemption. Mercy was the hardest book that I have ever had to write, and I surely did not know that going in. But I’m so glad that I took the leap and went to those dark places alongside my characters. Your love for the book makes it all worthwhile, and I would go through every single emotional breakdown again to give you this story if that’s what it took.

So thank you for being the most amazing readers and fans ever. Y’all give me a source of support that I never dreamed of. I could never take on the daunting task of putting my work out their for the world to see without each and every one of you by my side.

Before I go, would anyone like to guess where I got the title Mercy from?

When I originally had the idea, I thought to myself, What if the killer didn’t do what he was supposed to? What if he found it in himself to let the girl go, to spare her?

What if he showed her mercy?

Anna and Julian hold a very special place in my heart. I don’t typically choose favorites, but there is something special about this one. Something that reminds me of lightning in a bottle. Something that I don’t know if my characters will ever have again.

But I’ll do everything I can to get it back. To recreate and mirror and shadow all that Julian and Anna are and all that they were. Their love is so powerful and strong that it drove me to tears more than once, and that is something that I’ve never had while writing a novel of my own.

Thank you for the love. Thank you for the kindness. Thank you for the support.

I’m hard at work on An Accident and thinking of you every step of the way.

Because you truly are the best.

Love, LMM x

Getting Inside A Man’s Head

What is he thinking?

It’s a question I’ve asked myself plenty times. One I’ve spent senseless hours deliberating over. One I’ll probably never know the answer to.

Thanks to the artistic realm that fiction provides us, I’ve witnessed countless authors take on the challenge of writing from the perspective of a man. E L James finally told us what Christian was thinking with Grey, while Jamie McGuire gave us a peek into the mind of bad boy Travis Maddox with Walking Disaster.

But there are other methods, too. Such as the dual perspective of select works by Addison Moore, Micalea Smeltzer, and Kendall Ryan—just to name a few.

The dual perspective provides the reader insight regarding the male and female lead. Not just one. As a writer, I know what all of my characters are thinking at any given moment, how they view each other, why they handle matters in a certain way. But the reader is left in the dark when a story is told from the protagonist’s point of view only.

Now, I am not knocking the first person perspective. Strong female narrative is what most of my books rely on. In fact, that point of view is my favorite.

But I am in the early stages of writing my eleventh book, and I know that sticking to the same ol’ first person female narrative wouldn’t be right. These characters have many obvious differences on paper, those surface characteristics we use to form our opinions of others. And yet, deep down, they really are a lot alike.

To be honest, it would be difficult to draw any sort of comparison between hero and heroine without considerable insight into both. What they are feeling and thinking. While I don’t usually stray from my standard methods of production, for this novel, I have to make an exception.

Since An Accident is a spin-off from another Contemporary Romance of mine—An Arrangement—the backdrop of a 21st Century New York City with Benny and Claire Lewis has already been established. But now it’s Amy’s turn to fall in love.

What remains to be seen is how our heroine will react when she crosses paths with her hero for the first time. I’m curious to see what Amy will be thinking, but also what will be running through his mind, the mind of said love interest, when they meet.

Recently, I have wondered… What would An Arrangement have been like if we had been given an account from Benny, too? Would we have had less empathy for Claire? More?

Who knows?

Perhaps this spin-off will give me a chance to get my feet wet and consider the hero’s perspective in my romance novels going forward. One day, I may even give Benny the chance to get a few words in edgewise. Like E L James and Jamie McGuire, maybe I’ll give the male lead an opportunity to take the stage and speak for himself.

Until then, I think I’ll let Amy and her mystery beau take the reigns on this one. It will be an egalitarian narrative of sorts, with either character claiming 50% of the story as their own. Like they say…

There are two sides to every story.

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Nineteen-year-old Anna James is an Ex-President’s daughter with a bounty on her head. A sudden thirst for teenage rebellion lands her in a crowded night club, where she locks eyes with a beautiful stranger across the room.

Ten years her senior, elusive and brooding Julian rescues Anna and then whisks her away to an undisclosed location in the wilderness. But Julian is like a force of nature—cold as ice one minute, warm and tender the next. Frightened and distressed, Anna is reluctant to trust her hero.

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What Inspires Me

The question I get asked most by readers is, “What inspires you?/Where does your inspiration come from?” This is a hard question to answer, because it is sort of a Yes and No. The inspiration comes from nothing and everything.

An idea for a new novel can come from anywhere. It can be any day, any time, any place. But most often, I get inspired by other works of art. Books. Music. Movies. They are all forms of storytelling and each have their own unique way of doing just that.

I’ve revealed in several interviews my love for the Twilight Saga and how the vampire romance inspired me to start a novel of my own, Emerald Green. I think when I am exposed to work that has a profound effect on me, it can’t help but show up in my writing.

So… how do I recommend getting inspired? Especially if you are crippled by a sudden case of writer’s block? Expose yourself to other writing, another story, other art.

Every year I watch a lot of new movies. They may have been released anywhere from thirty years ago to two weeks ago. What I mean is that they are new to me. I like encountering different stories, settings, characters. They all bring out different sides of my writing that I never would have experienced before. And the truth is, you don’t even have to like a movie to be inspired by it or flip that switch that brings a new personality to your writing.

You never know which pieces will inspire you the most. You never know which lines will stay with you the longest. You never know which type of emotion you will try to replicate yourself.

For example, if I had never read Fifty Shades of Grey or watched Outlander, I know the idea that spawned An Arrangement never would have come to me. Now, An Arrangement is not an erotic BDSM novel or Historical Period Time Travel Romance. In fact, it’s not even close. An Arrangement is a love story, pure and simple.

But it was the marital circumstances, albeit forced, between Jamie and Claire in Outlander that made me see the concept of an arranged marriage in a new light. What if someone had an arranged marriage in modern day New York? What if husband and wife were actually attracted to each other, friendly with each other, somewhat compatible even? What if the arranged marriage wasn’t a train wreck? What if, by some miracle, you actually fell in love with your husband?

To take it a step further, what if said husband happened to be a gorgeous billionaire CEO (cue the Christian Grey influence) who was actually already in love with you? Who had always wanted you, but kept his feelings inside? Similar to the way Jamie Fraser falls for Claire before they are wed, while she takes the plunge afterwards.

By now, I’m sure you’ve figured out where I got the name for my female protagonist in An Arrangement. And while Outlander and Fifty Shades of Grey weren’t the only influences, they were certainly the most prominent. But An Arrangement is a story on its own.

That is the beauty of creating art, creating fiction, creating words. It’s almost like a jigsaw puzzle. You fit pieces together, part inspiration, part fantasy. And then you watch those pieces come together until they blend into an entirely different world.

Even E. L. James herself has admitted to being inspired by Twilight when she penned the tale of Anastasia and Christian. I of all people can understand that, because the same thing happened to me. If it weren’t for Twilight, Edward and Bella, Stephenie Meyer, I would never be sitting here today writing this blog post. I wouldn’t have almost ten books out and be working on the eleventh. I probably wouldn’t even be writing.

So if you want to get inspired, the best advice I can offer you is to read, watch, and listen. Read the genres that excite you, the ones that you read just because you want to. Watch movies and TV shows and miniseries that share crossover themes, whatever subject matter suits you best. And listen to music that evokes the emotion within you, the emotion your characters feel, and the emotion your readers will as well.

For the past six months, I have been listening to one song before I start each writing session. The same song. It’s called “You Da One” by Rihanna. If you’re a fan, I’m sure you know which one I’m talking about. If you’re more familiar with her other songs, then maybe you don’t. But that one song has kept me going for months. Do you know why?

Because what she’s saying is how I feel about my writing, my male leads, my future husband. All of it. All at once. In one three minute song.

It’s upbeat. It’s playful. It’s fun. It’s sultry. It’s hopeful.

And it keeps me rooted to what this whole thing is about. Life. Happiness.

Don’t I want it? Books that make people feel that way, too?

A husband of my own that is more than black text on a white page?

Sure I do. But until I find one of my own, I’ll just keep writing about him, writing for him. Because he inspires me. The hope and belief and certainty that he’s out there.

Maybe he’s the greatest inspiration of all…

The one I haven’t found yet.

Early Bird Routine Update

At the start of the year, I wrote a blog post called, “A Thousand Words Before Breakfast.” It was all about turning my night owl ways on their head and utilizing the old adage, The early bird gets the worm. But adjusting to a new year and a new schedule has been anything but easy.

I am a night owl by nature. I’ve always enjoyed staying up late, as I’m not the biggest fan of waking up at the crack of dawn. Since I’m a writer, the evening hours are when my stories come to life. I can’t explain it, but I can write three times as fast in the middle of the night as I can at the beginning of the day. So you may be wondering, How is that whole transitioning into an early bird thing going?

Well, here’s a clue for you. It’s not.

While I have set alarm clocks and prepared for those early mornings, last week totally set me back. My next release comes out on January 31st, which means I had Pre-Order Deadlines and every other kind you can imagine. I worked round the clock to get everything done on time. And while I did accomplish those goals, my plan for a new year, new early bird me went straight out the window.

Now here I am nearly at the end of the first month of the New Year, starting all over again.

Sure, I woke up early today. But what about tomorrow? What about the next?

In the past three weeks, I have discovered that a hybrid approach may be more beneficial to a night owl like me. When the words are flowing late at night, I’ll stay up and get them down on paper before they are gone. But that doesn’t mean I can’t incorporate some early mornings into that schedule.

So my new and improved plan is to write in the morning and at night. Maybe not on the same day. But enough to incorporate either pattern into my schedule until I figure out the best routine.

No one said New Year’s Resolutions were easy, and I’m certainly no exception to the rule of letting them slide. But I really want to stick with it this time and do the best I can to make it work. If I want to publish as many books as I have planned in 2017, then the more scheduled times to write—day and night—the better.

Well, it’s Monday morning and I’ve already got the outline for Book 11 done. It is a Stand Alone New Adult Contemporary Romance and a Spin-Off of An Arrangement. Yes, you’ll get a peek into the lives of Benny and Claire. But years have passed, and it’s time for Amy to fall in love. True love? First love? I guess we’ll have to wait and see…