April 14, 2014

L Is For Line 21

Back during Super Bowl weekend 2010, a germ of an idea happened to impregnate my subconscious in the wee hours of the morning. It basically grabbed hold of me and with the kind of lightning speed only seen in a fantasy series, gestated and grew until an hour later it was ready to pop. What was this idea that had such a bloodsucking hold on me? The basic premise was that a young woman was in debt to her uncle, who was a loan shark, and the only way she could raise the cash was to become an adult movie actress.

Different? Sure it was. But how to make it truly unique was the actually the easiest thing to do for this story. Taking a cue from one of my favorite Star Trek series that sadly doesn't get a lot of air time like some of the others, I gave the young lady a symbiont for a sister. Once I had that factored in, I wolfed down my breakfast and ran to my computer. In no time at all, the words were pouring out at such a fast and furious pace that it was quite difficult to reign it in.

Nevertheless, even though I was proceeding at breakneck speed with this story, which started as a short story before quickly morphing to a longish short story, then a novella and finally a novel, I wanted to make sure I got every single possible component of this story correct. You name it, from clothing to body shape, from hair to sexual practices and everything else in between, I researched it. If it had to do with a woman, I asked questions, both on my blog and with friends and co-workers, and trust me, those questions were very pointed and explicit. To put it bluntly, if I had asked those questions of typical strangers, you can rest assured that my face would've been slapped many, many times over.

Now in addition to making sure that everything that I wrote was accurate (example: I spent three days researching how to properly drive a motorcycle because the MC drove a Harley) I also wanted to have a little fun with it as well. So when I got to the final scene in the novel (dinner at a restaurant) I ran a contest on FB and my blog, in which I took suggestions for what kinds of meals the characters would eat. The winner would be written into the story as a throwaway character. I had two winners, one won a free PDF while the other was written in as a throwaway character.

Overall, the 1st draft took me about 2 1/2 months to write from the first word to the last. The rest of 2010 was spent taking suggestions from a few beta readers and revising and re-editing two more versions, until by the spring of 2011, I had a viable manuscript to submit/query. I spent the rest of 2011 submitting and querying, and by the spring of 2012, I sold my book to Solstice, and for the first time in my life, I actually accomplished what I set out to do.

Here, in this lovely book trailer produced by the wonderful folks at SelectOGrafix, is a two minute synopsis of my paranormal/fantasy erotica novel, Line 21. For details on how to purchase for your Kindle and how to purchase an autographed print copy for 30% off the cover price, check out my book blog Books By G.B. Miller. To read the first five pages, please click on this link at my adult blog called "It's Always Saturday In Suburbia" (disclaimer, my adult blog contains inappropriate material that is not suitable for all ages. reader discretion is strongly advised.).

(c) 2014 by G.B. Miller. All Rights Reserved.


  1. I was a Next Gen star trek fan...could never get into deep space nine.

  2. I don't think I'd ever seen that book trailer before. That's very cool. I love that it even has real actors.

  3. Awesome how writing ideas coming about like that.

  4. Congratulations on seeing your idea all the way through to a finished product you can be proud of :)

  5. Very cool. I find it amazing that you wrote a whole novel in that length of time. I guess when a story happens...it happens. I love it when writing goes that way! ♥

  6. Bearman: I seriously overdosed on TNG, didn't like Voyager or Enterprise, which is why I so thoroughly enjoyed watching DS9. Sadly I missed the last couple of seasons due to crappy time slots and real life issues, but I do plan on watching it again in the near future.

    ABFtS: I had it produced back in mid-to-late 2012. It did cost me a pretty penny, and if I had to do it all over again, I would've found someone a bit cheaper.

    Lynn: It definitely is. Sadly they've been few and far between these days.

    Rhonda: Thanks for stopping by. Yup, even if the rest of my writing career hits the skids, I will always have this one particular accomplishment to look back on.

    Kathy: Thanks for stopping by. It really did amaze me that the fist draft took only a couple of months to write. From what I've heard and read, it takes most people at least six months to write a good first draft.

  7. Wow, that's awesome! I like how you got your blog readers & friends involved in the creative process, even writing someone in as a minor character. Writing leads us to strange places, doesn't it? It's tough to write about adult film stars, or infidelity, or serial killers, or terrorists, or human trafficking, or online predators when Google or the NSA is viewing/recording every search. :/

    Gonna go watch your book trailer now. Thanks for visiting my blog!

  8. Interesting history of your book.

    I found your font a little rough going-- my eyes are no longer what they used to be :)

    Damyanti, Co-host A to Z Challenge April 2014, My Latest post

    Twitter: @AprilA2Z

  9. Chris: Thanks for stopping by.

    I figure it was a good way to reward all my faithful readers/followers/friends who stood by me through thick and thin for all these years. Hope you enjoy the trailer.

    Damyanti: Thanks for stopping by.

    Sorry about the font, but this one was actually easier on my eyes than the older font on my blog. Besides, I always like ice cream. :D

  10. Smart to research! I forgot it was such a fast turnaround. Happy to have my inscribed copy on my shelf :)

  11. Congratulations on writing and publishing a novel-what an achievement! Your idea sounds very different to anything I've read before.

    ~Tizzy @ Creative Therapy

  12. Tizzy: Thanks for stopping by.

    I have to admit it is original in its special way. Thank you for the compliment.


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