Writing for me has always been something that came naturally. Not that I didn’t have to work on my craft, on grammar, and develop my voice over the years, because I definitely have for the better part of my life and will likely continue to for the rest of it. Except, when it came to story development, I’ve always been what we in the writing world call a pantster. Which basically means, I jump into a story not having a clearly defined journey for my protagonist. I just know that they have to get from point A to point Z and allow my protagonist to drive the story forward.
Enter stage left, my wild idea for a huge eight book series with each title a stand-alone book with a different hero and heroine. That’s eight couples who need to meet, fall in love, and find their happily ever after all while tying into the other books in the series. It’s a rather daunting and challenging task for any writer. So this pantster knew that I’d need to have a structure in place if I wanted to pull off writing such a large series. Before I even wrote the first chapter of book one, I sat down and plotted the whole series. Gasp! A pantster, plotting?
Yep, that’s exactly what happened. I outlined and developed each character, each couple, each story line and how they intertwine with the others. I created each title, the series name, and a loose outline for each book. And do you know what this pantster discovered? That I may be a bit more of a plotter than I thought. Now, don’t get me wrong, the outline for each book is a loose outline, meaning I have the turning points marked, the big black moment and so on. All the stuff that happens in-between is still a bit of a mystery to me because I still, and probable always will, allow my characters to drive the heart of the story. They tell me where the story goes, because in the end, it is there story.
Part of the writer’s journey, at least to me, is the ability to grow and adapt. After writing this series, my technique and how I approach a story has definitively changed and I would like to think for the better. I had no idea when I began writing the Dungeon Fantasy Club Series under the name Anya Summers that by the end of it, I would consider myself a plotting pantster.
Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Maggie grew up listening to Cardinals baseball and reading anything she could get her hands on. She remembers her mother saying if only she would read the right type of books instead binging her way through the romance aisles at the bookstore, she’d have been a doctor. While Maggie never did get that doctorate, she graduated cum laude from the University of Missouri-St. Louis with a M.A. in History.
Maggie is a #1 Amazon Bestselling and Award-Winning Author published in multiple fiction genres. She also writes erotic romance under the name, Anya Summers. A total geek at her core, when she is not writing, she adores attending the latest comic con or spending time with her family. She currently lives in the midwest with her two furry felines.
Coming August 17th, 2017 –
Her Country Master (Dungeon Fantasy Club, Book Five) by Anya Summers
With the encouragement of her best friend Kara, Elise Beauregard, an avowed urbanite, has begun to test the waters of the BDSM lifestyle at the Dungeon Fantasy Club in Manhattan.
Elise – a wedding dress designer on the verge of a total career meltdown, thanks to a particularly vicious former client – finds herself entranced by the scenes at the club, leaving her with a desire to explore the lifestyle herself. Unfortunately, she wouldn’t even know where to begin.
When she is hired to design the gown for the club owner’s fiancée, Elise jumps at the chance. Declan and Zoey’s nuptials are slated to be the wedding of the year, and this is the lifetime opportunity she’s been waiting for, even if she does have to fly to Scotland to take advantage of it. If she gets this dress right, her career might just be saved after all.
Tyler Jenson is a billionaire rancher and Dom who invests not only in his own future, but also that of the planet. His ranch on the Kansas and Colorado border was one of the first in the state to adopt clean, sustainable energy technology. His other passion is the D/s lifestyle; not only is Tyler a hedonist, he needs a woman’s submission in order to feel complete. Unfortunately, there aren’t many submissives in his neck of the woods, so when he receives a wedding invitation from his best friend Declan, he’s only too delighted to accept. Declan is a co-founder of the Dungeon Fantasy Club, with a branch in the basement of his Scottish manor, so Tyler decides to fly in early for an extended stay.
After a scorching night with Elise, the dominant alpha male in Tyler recognizes she might just be the girl for him. He can only hope she feels the same way.
But Elise has other things on her mind. Not only is she in Scotland to design the most important wedding gown of her career, she also harbors a dark and painful secret which prevents her from getting too close to any man. Including Tyler.
Can Tyler, the country Dom, convince the certified city girl to trade bright lights for starry nights? Or will her secret destroy their happiness before it’s even begun?
Publisher’s Note: Her Country Master is the fifth book in Anya Summers’ best-selling Dungeon Fantasy Club series – however, like all the rest, it can be read as a standalone.
Coming December 2016 –
Casket Girl by Maggie Mae Gallagher
Love Can Be Deadly.
All he wants is to find a killer…
FBI Special Agent Josh Blake has seen some bizarre cases in his day. His latest case is one for the record books. He has multiple homicides, corpses drained of every ounce of blood, and no suspects. The party filled streets of New Orleans have witnessed more than its fair share of brutal murders, but when rumors surface that the French Quarter may be hiding an insidious monster bent on drenching the streets in dead bodies, he must suspend logic and place his trust in the mystical.
She wants a fresh start…
Isabel Toussánt left her family home in the bayou three year ago, cutting all ties with her abusive whisky swilling father, to forge a new life in the French Quarter. Now a successful business owner of Madam Toussánt’s Mystical Gifts in Jackson Square, and a Seer with voodoo roots. Except the foundation of her new life shatters as she is dragged into a deadly game when her business becomes the target of a serial killer and one of her employee’s winds up dead.
A passion neither expected…
Determined to stop the brutal slayings, Josh must rely on the beautiful Isabel who makes him question everything he has ever known about life and death all while surrendering to a desire hotter than a Bayou night. When Isabel disappears without a trace, with tourists flocking to the party capital for Halloween, and the body count continues to mount, Josh will be forced to push beyond the boundaries of what he thinks is possible and rescue the woman he loves, even if it means locking her up and throwing away the key.