Refreshingly Riki is pleased to be a stop on the Blog Tour for Annie Seaton’s novel ITALIAN AFFAIR. Annie has graciously offered to write a guest post for today’s visit and I am excited to share with you what she has to say. I asked her to write a bit about her writing process and how she gets prepared to write those oh-so-steamy love scenes! Here is Annie Seaton’s post:
The writing process for me is most successful if I am in the right environment. I sit in my writing chair, surrounded by my vases of roses, and I look out at the ocean. If the muse leaves me I go for a walk on the beach and then I can come home and write hundreds of words. Actually if I am on a tight deadline and I seem to have lots of those lately, I have been known to write thousands of words on a good day!
I also love the sky… I watch clouds, sunrise, sunsets and I love those boiling cumulonimbus clouds that rise up over the ocean in the tropics in the afternoon. Sheer inspiration!
In order to write my inside environment needs to have three things…my trusty laptop, coffee and QUIET!
Now to write those steamy scenes… I’d love to be able to say I light candles and put on romantic music….but I don’t… a stroll along the beach as the sun rises or sets always puts me in the mood…. for writing that is!
One of the most memorable steamy scenes I wrote recently was written on the laptop in the kitchen as I cooked dinner!
Water is my element and feeds my creative process and so far, each one of my books has boats and islands as the central focus. Italian Affair is set on a beautiful Italian island and I was surrounded by beaches and the ocean as I wrote it…both in my actual physical setting and in my imagination!
Here is a little blurb from Goodreads about ITALIAN AFFAIR:
Free-spirited sex therapist Brianna Ballantine has four days to find a fiancé so she can inherit her birth mother’s Italian villa. Commitment is not on the agenda. Writing her sex therapy book and signing legal papers are. And once all is said and done, she’ll return home to Scotland.
For finance guru Tomas Richards, relationships have been a bad investment—give him stocks and shares any day. When Tomas offers a marriage of convenience to help Brianna secure her inheritance, the sizzle between the sheets promises an affair to remember, despite family complications at every turn.
But Tom must convince Brianna to stay, and make this Italian affair a lifelong commitment.
Be sure to add ITALIAN AFFAIR to your Goodreads list and you can purchase it on Amazon or Barnes and Noble.