BLOG TOUR and INTERVIEW with C.J. Vincent
Book Title: Naughty by Nature: A Gay Erotica Anthology
Cover Artist: Samantha Santana, Amai Designs
Release Date: July 1, 2022
Genre: M/M erotica short stories
Trope: Outdoor sex
Themes: Coming out, forgiveness
Heat Rating: 5 flames
Length: 75 000 words/314 pages
Boy meets boy… and nature takes its course!
From strangers in the night to happy couples looking for a little spice, Naughty by Nature has the story for you. Each short story features steamy adult encounters in the great outdoors, not to mention a delicious variety of kinks. After all, roughing it shouldn't have to mean giving up all our creature comforts that bring… pleasure.
So grab your sleeping bag and get back to nature in all the best ways. With a total of eleven stories by some of your favorite MM Romance authors, you're sure to find something to have you howling at the moon in no time!
Featuring stories by:
Lynn Van Dorn
Shane K. Morton
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C. J. Vincent is a history obsessive who loves exploring the LGBTQ+ roots of ancient mythology and the wilder side of historical romance.
Do you outline or do you just write?
My writing process has been a frustrating thing from the beginning. When I first started out, I would just… write. Everything in my head would get dumped onto the page and I’d hope that it made sense by the end. Obviously, it didn’t always work out that way, and I made more messes and forgot more details than I’d like to admit. So, as time went on and I started “publishing for real” and not just handing out fanfic to my friends, I started to outline.
My outlines aren’t perfect by any means. They’re typically made up of flexible bullet points that allow me the freedom to imagine beyond the outline and give my characters some room to explore and surprise me. Sometimes the outline gets rewritten as I go depending on what lunacy happens between point one and point five.
But the outline is, in general, enough to keep the facts straight, the details all in one place, and I know that I have a path to the happily ever after. The frustrating part happens when I actually have to start writing because my process is weird. I need to SEE the action happening in my head like a movie before I can start writing. Sometimes its easy, sometimes it takes hours or days and I have to work on something else until I get the right image in my head… Once it’s there, I can usually knock a book out pretty quickly, but the struggle for the opening image is my biggest writing nemesis.
Do you prefer pen and paper or computer?
I started on pen and paper, and I’m obsessed with stationery. For writing, whatever gets the job done is my favorite. I’ve been a notebook and pen carrier for the longest time, so whenever an idea strikes I can get it down on paper. The elusive “image” I need to start writing can hit at the dumbest times so I need to be able to get it out and onto paper/notes in my phone, or whatever’s closest so I can come back to it later to start actually writing.
Late at night, or while I’m supposed to be “relaxing” I’ll usually jot down ideas, images, or plot ideas/book titles that I’ll transcribe in the morning (or toss into the fireplace).
Like every author, I have a stack of notebooks of varying degrees of useability. But I go through a LOT of them.
Do you write as part of a routine or do you write when you feel like it?
I try to treat writing like my job, which means I have a set time that I get up (too early), so that I can get my wordcount in before my day job starts. Like every job, I have good days and bad days. Some are more productive than others, but it never feels like work, which is why it doesn’t feel like a hardship or a sacrifice to lose a few hours of sleep or some TV time to hit my goals or knock something off my to-do list.
Thankfully, I feel like writing all the time.
What is your next project?
Next up is a super off brand dark contemporary M/M military-ish romance for a group project. It’s the darkest thing I’ve ever outlined so I’m excited and nervous about that to release in the next few months.
I’m also working on getting the remainder of the second season of my mythological mpreg series, New Olympians, out into the world. I’ve had this project on the backburner for far too long, and in writing the newest book I realize that I’ve really missed this little world the characters have worked so hard to create.
After New Olympians is completed, I have a historical M/M series that I’ll be working on next with an Ancient Roman setting that I’m very excited about, as well as more plans for more mythology-themed fantasy romance. This year has been weird, so I’m looking forward to getting back to writing what I love.
Elaborate on the inspiration for the story included in Naughty by Nature — The Art of Love.
For my Naughty By Nature story, I wanted to stay in the realm of mythology and historically related things while keeping to a contemporary non-fantasy timeline, which is admittedly a struggle for me because I love magic. However, as much as I’m a history nerd, I’m also a museum nerd and ancient art is so full of erotic and sensual themes that it seemed like a natural starting point.
The fresco that I’ve used as the centerpiece for this story, sadly, doesn’t exist, but I feel like it definitely wouldn’t have been out of place in a temple grotto or a villa at Herculaneum.
Elaborate on the things that you edited out of this book, or that was originally planned but changed once you started writing.
Originally, I wanted to explore the idea of the fresco the story focuses on “coming to life” in a different way, but in order to keep the story contemporary with no fantasy elements meant that I had to edit myself back. I plan to elaborate and lengthen this piece for a separate release at some point, and will definitely be bringing back the fantasy/monster elements that I scrapped at the beginning planning stages of the story. There are, obviously, more characters to be added and developed and I’d love to explore the main character’s personality more and see them get a happily ever after.
What is your advice for new writers?