Notes The Writing Process (Contains Spoilers)
for reading my story, I hope you enjoyed it and are
looking forward to reading more of my books. I have
many available spanning a wide variety of genres.
This brief summarisation of my writing contains
spoilers so if you havent read the story yet
please dont read any further.
printed version of Blushing Goth went through quite a
number of changes whilst developing the idea.
Initially I started writing an erotic comedy but as
the characters developed I realised it wouldnt
work as comedy, and erotica on its own doesnt
make for a good story, so I turned it into a romance.
This is the first romance Ive written and I
love the fact that its a little unconventional.
It proved to be far more popular than expected where
upon I created a new edition by padding more to the
story. The reason for this is that I felt Steph
needed more fleshing out as a character and more of a
back story. Mimi on the other hand was intentionally
mysterious so her back story wasnt as important.
I was also able to introduce a lot more characters
and refer to them by name instead of simply Stephs
friends. This resulted in a story twice the size of
the original. The book was showcased at the London
Book Fair in 2012 as well as being featured in their
catalogue. For a full three days it was on display
and by the end of the event its glossy cover had
become stained with the handprints of thousands of
readers. I was amazed how such a small book attracted
so much attention. I later added (Part 1) to the
title and created two sequels and a prequel.
(Part 2) I thought it would be a good idea to cover
different subjects that involve transgender issues
whilst continuing with the developing romance between
Steph and Mimi. This resulted in two plots, one about
violence toward transgender people, and another about
body image effecting sexuality. I also made sure not
to keep the bath scene not too explicit, keeping the
focus on romance and not stray into erotica. I re-read
the original to make sure to keep the personalities
of the main characters consistent, with the same
character traits, then tweaked them a little to add
character growth. With it only being set about three
weeks after the original story I couldnt change
the characters too much, but I made sure to bring out
Mimis sense of humour with her being more at
ease with Steph. I also mentioned a little about
gothic culture to flesh out Mimis character as
being more than just a transexual. I also thought it
would be good keep her sense of mystery and just hint
about her past rather than go into detail.
With (Part 3)
I decided to end on a bombshell and have a happy
ending albeit one that was unexpected. I was worried
about getting stuck in a plot loop or the opposite
and have the characters change too much if I
continued to write more sequels. The house warming
scene was originally intended to be a very small
gathering but as I wrote it I felt a crowded kitchen
full of people drinking made for a happier party. I
hope you enjoyed the ending and was as surprised as
Steph was. Thats one of the many advantages
when writing in first-person, the reader doesnt
know more than the main character making it easier to
add surprises. Incidentally gay marriage wasnt
legal at the time of writing so it would have been
more of a civil ceremony.
was planned as a single chapter of a larger book but
I felt it would work much better as a story if I kept
focus purely upon one aspect of the plot. If it had
been a full novel it would have been far more complex
and stray too far from the point it was telling. When
it came to writing I slowed the over all pace of the
story and tried to convey a lot more of Mimis
inner turmoil before she attempted to mutilate
Blushing Goth Collection is fictional a lot of whats
being told is based upon my personal experiences as
well as what Ive researched online. There is a
lot of me in the character Mimi although I dont
have a Steph in my life unfortunately.
of transexuality can often enrage people so I tried
my best to keep transgender politics out of these
stories as much as possible. Within this story the
word transexual refers to someone who feels they are
of the opposite sex. A transvestite however is
someone who dresses as the opposite sex but has no
desire to actually be of the opposite sex. While Mimi
and Steph both possessed real breasts and penises
Mimi was a transexual while Steph was a transvestite.
Incidentally I personally spell transexual with one S
due to convention but I know it often can be spelled
with a double S. The word t-girl isnt a word Id
ever use but it was just a word Id thought
Steph could use when referring to other trans people.
I make no apologies for my choice of words and Im
not going to change the terminology due to whatever
is deemed as politically correct.
While I dont
intend to continue the Blushing Goth series I may
write more trans related stories in future.
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