Friday, July 24, 2015

My First Author Chat!

So, last night I got a chance to participate in my first Author Chat as part of the Divine Desire release party. Just a smidgen of the transcript is below. Can you tell I was nervous? Because trust me, I was. I was, in fact, terrified I was going to screw this up bad. I am not so good with impromptu conversation - online or in real life.

21:37
D.M. Atkins
You can private message if you prefer. So, Elly, you ready?

21:38
Elly Green
Yes, I am am. And just as a precursor to anything I might do wrong, this is my first Author Chat! I am very excited for the chance to participate.

21:39
Elly Green
My story, the first, but hopefully not the last with Forbidden Fiction, is "Scylla's Pool."

21:40
Siol na Tine
I haven't gotten to read Scylla's Pool yet

21:40
Elly Green
It takes a different look at the monsters of ancient Greek lore.

21:40
Lon Sarver
It's fun.

21:41
Lon Sarver
Unfortunately, it was one of those where we started with a wealth of detail, and had to trim back to fit out publication needs.

21:41
Siol na Tine
Did you give the monsters humanoid bodies or...?

21:41
Elly Green
Yes, well my faults have always run toward the verbose...

21:42
Lon Sarver
We're used to that at FFP

21:42
Siol na Tine
Authors? Verbose?!

21:42
Siol na Tine


21:42
Elly Green
No, I keep pretty close to the original myth, but instead of dealing with the Scylla of the Odyssey and Aeneid, I worked from the Scylla before then. The one Galucus loved.

21:43
Elly Green
I love the ancient myths, but hate the dumbing down of most. I figured my place in the world would be to recreate the lost eroticism that the ancients definitely would have been all over.

21:43
D.M. Atkins
So, ready for a peak?

21:44
Annabeth Leong
Yay!

21:44
Elly Green
Oh, yes, please!

21:44
D.M. Atkins
“Lover, is that you?” Her dulcet tones struck his heart and plucked it like a harp. Closing his eyes, he savored the harmony of the sea mistress’s words. A whiff of the scent of her sun-warmed skin flitted across his nostrils and he groaned. He had missed her so much.

21:44
D.M. Atkins
“Yes, I’ve returned,” he said softly, standing. “With gifts.” He stepped inside the cave and Scylla’s giddy grin greeted him as she rushed forward. Her honey-colored curls swung around her shoulders. Naked and unashamed, the nereid was the most beautiful woman he had ever laid sight on. “Oh, Scylla, you take my breath away.” He sighed as his hungry gaze took her in. His heart skipped a beat.

21:45
D.M. Atkins
Love. It had to be love.

21:45
D.M. Atkins
“Where? Where do you have them hidden?” Scylla used her fingers to search within his limited clothes for her promised gifts. Reaching the border of his tunic, she dipped her fingertips under the hem. His breath caught in his throat and his vision narrowed, completely focused on the beauty kneeled before him. Pulling her bottom lip between her teeth, she flashed her long lashes.

What I can tell you all is that if you all are ever asked to participate in an Author Chat be very glad if you have some wonderful moderators. D.M. Atkins made me feel very welcome, got me involved, gave me a quick run down of what was expected and was incredibly supportive of the whole endeavor. It made everything so less scary.

All in all, I am loving the chance to work with Forbidden Fiction and will definitely look into writing more for and with them.

So, folks, tell me... Ever had to do this? Chat? What was your experience? Any advice for the next time?