a blog on the craft of writing
I’m thrilled to present my new, updated website. First of all I want to credit my graphic artist, Viola Estrella of EstrellaCoverArt.com. Viola has done some fabulous covers for several friends of mine and when I looked around for someone to help me re-vamp my site, she was the one I knew I wanted to work with. Viola was very patient and paid attention to my list of needs and wants and understood exactly what I wanted, even when I wasn’t sure I did. Thanks Vi!
Why re-vamp my website at all? I had a perfectly usable website. I blog three days a week and I have a decent amount of followers. Why would anyone want to mess with that? Well, that’s really the subject of today’s blog.
No, I’m not talking about hot irons, although it truly can feel that way. I’m talking about having a website consistent with your writing style and the image you want to present. I didn’t have it. My website was nice, and the black and white pictures that Jeff and I took had a subtle creepy feel. I managed to get the site to edge a little onto the paranormal side. But I missed out totally on the hot, steamy, lick my lips sexy side. And I wanted it.
At Rom Con 2012 I had an epiphany. Not my first, and likely not my last. I seem to need to get hit in the head with a brick now and then to understand which path I need to take. Rom Con was a big party, and I hung out with not just the paranormal people, but the erotic authors. And it was there, in the middle of the Chocolate Mangasm, playing pass the dildo, that I had my epiphany. I am an erotic author.
But you wouldn’t know that by my website. Something had to change.
I either had to say goodbye to my publishing career, as I have come to know it, or I needed to say goodbye to my Jessica Aspen Writes website. TA-TA cute website. Hello sexy, dark,and paranormal.
This is my brand now. Hot spicy romance that walks on the dark side of the knife. I always had it in me. It’s what I write. But I haven’t always put it out there. It took playing games in a room full of women who read erotic romance and love them to understand that I need to have a complete vision of my writing, my career, and my stories.
So welcome to the dark side. Dare to enter my world. Explore my website. See if you can find my secret page (hint; I made it easy if you look). And discover your imagination.