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Today's guest is author Jenna Hilary Sinclair, who has been writing since 1991, and whose first published novel Admit One was placed on many readers' 'Best Of 2009' lists. She has several other short stories and novellas published at Dreamspinner Press. I 'met' Jenna as a fellow Dreamspinner author, I was delighted by her story in the 2008 Advent Calendar Gifts of the Season, wrote to her to say so and we've been in touch ever since.

Today's she's talking about her particular addiction - to writing :).

Buy it HERE.

Her Blurb: For years Jenna Hilary Sinclair approached creative writing as if she were looking over the edge of a cliff—the view was terrifying but seductive. She couldn’t comprehend how anyone could compose a complex plot and have the patience to put it on the page. But one day she sat down, picked up a pen, and much to her astonishment, a novel began to take shape.
Since that day, Jenna’s been in an exhilarating free fall. She lives her own life plus the lives of her characters, searches for the answers to the most important questions—What is love? Where is courage? Why is there fear?—and has a wonderful time writing gay romance.
Jenna is fiercely in favor of GLBT rights, kindness, keeping promises, and mountains. She lives in the Great American Southwest with her beloved husband, two cats, and a hundred characters dancing in her head. Some of them dance together. She hopes the music never stops.

Visit Jenna’s blogs HERE and HERE.
Her GLBT bookshelf page is HERE.


Hi. My name is Jenna Hilary Sinclair, and I’m addicted to writing.

I write in the morning, I write in the afternoon, I write when the sun goes down. I have scribbled in central jury rooms, on airplanes, and in the back seat of the family car when we’re on vacation. My eyes glaze over at the dinner table and my two (grown) kids exclaim: Mom’s plotting again!

I am a certifiable writing nut.

Despite what some folks might think, it’s not really a sexual thing. It’s true that when I first discovered gay romance nineteen years ago (naturally, via a fanfic), the entire continent moved. But this thing that’s got hold of me (kudos to anyone who knows that reference), it’s not based on guy-on-guy action, no matter how enjoyable that might be. Oh, if only it were that simple! I realized that I wanted more. Wanted explanations. Wanted background. Wanted realism. Wanted a short story to become a novella, and a novella to become a novel, and what in the world is wrong with a series of novels thoroughly exploring the lives of my characters?

I remember the first time I wrote fifty pages without a single kiss, much less a hot and sweaty tumble in the hay, and how satisfying that experience was. I was doomed. Is there any better occupation for a set of fingers than tip-tapping on the keyboard?

I used to take vacations from writing. You know, it’s healthy to take breaks, to breathe different air, to gain a new perspective. I’d finish a novella and not write for three months. Really! I’d do that deliberately and not because of the dreaded Writer’s Block. (I feel really uncomfortable even typing that. Nice muse. Good muse. The Muse is My Friend.) Now, the thought of three months without trying to write makes me shudder. I. Wouldn’t. Know. What. To. Do. With. Myself.

Come into my parlor, please, and let’s talk. But don’t look at the books on the bookshe…. Oops! No, I’m not embarrassed that you’ve seen my copy of The New Joy of Gay Sex. That’s actually there for legitimate research. It’s the books on writing that I really had meant to whisk away. I see you’ve noticed that there isn’t any dust on them. Yes, I…I really do read them for pleasure. Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Browne and King: ambrosia. Manuscript Makeover by Lyon: the finest wine. A Dash of Style: The Art and Mastery of Punctuation by Lukeman: my daily bread. (No, really, that is a fantastic book.)

Those of you who are also writers, you know why I am this way: that moment, that incredible, utterly addictive moment when something clicks in your head and…you aren’t here anymore. You’re there.

You stay there and live with your characters. You shape them, they shape you. You reach down into yourself and ask the hardest questions. If you’re really, really lucky, you feel as if you’ve discovered something that matters.

Some people call this experience the zone. Or flow. Catch me when I’m grinning and it feels like paradise. There’s a feeling in my stomach that is wholly fulfilled. Time warps: three hours feels like three minutes.

For this, I’ll stare at the screen, thinking, until I topple from sheer exhaustion. I’ll abandon exercise (but not food). I’ll frustrate my incredibly supportive and long-suffering spouse, who definitely deserves a seat at the right hand of the angels for his understanding and love.

Anything to flow into the zone. Anything.

To use a phrase familiar to readers from our genre: Give it to me, baby.

I’m Jenna Hilary Sinclair, and I’m addicted to writing. What do you think, do I need help?

~~Jenna Hilary Sinclair~~



Today's Quote:
"Here's to the bright New Year, and a fond farewell to the old; here's to the things that are yet to come, and to the memories that we hold."

Today's Daft Google Searches for 'Clare London':
"Kansas lawmakers to debate ban on texting while driving" It wasn't me... :)


Follow this month with Clare (look at the goodies so far...):

Jan 15 : Jen of Well Read savours the memory of food, and seeks it in her fiction!
Jan 16 : Author Mel Keegan tells us why we should all be visiting the GLBT Bookshelf.
Jan 17 : Author Cassandra Gold discusses the wonderful world of the romance sub-genre.
Jan 18 : Author Wren Boudreau asks "Who am I...and am I okay with it?"

Jan 08 : Jessewave wonders - tongue in cheek - where the less shiny guys are!
Jan 09 : Anne Cain shares her art and encourages a show and tell!
Jan 10 : My latest release Upwardly Mobile is out at Amber Quill today.
Jan 11 : Author Lee Rowan discusses why love should not be a garotte.
Jan 12 : Author Jaime Samms asks if readers prefer short or long stories.
Jan 13 : Author Erastes explains why her submissions keep aiming for the stars!
Jan 14 : Author Daimeryan Rei describes the rewards of writing both fan and original fiction.

Jan 01 : The New Year brings the release of the Immortal Fire anthology IN PRINT.
Jan 02 : author Chrissy Munder asks if current affairs in fiction is delightful or just dates us.
Jan 03 : author Madeleine Urban describes how her characters hijacked her brain.
Jan 04 : author Theda Black's inspiration reaches from a bionic penis to the power of Pan.
Jan 05 : author Josh Lanyon shares some exceedingly good books with us.
Jan 06 : author K. Z. Snow questions what all the fuss is about authors 'making shit up'.
Jan 07 : Josie aka 1more_sickpuppy compares her life and friends online and off.

Want to grab a day to pimp, pose or pontificate? Email me at clarelondon11 @ and I'll happily find you a space ♥

NOTE: most pictures chosen by me and credited where known, others may be used without direct permission, please contact me with any queries/concerns.
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