'I love you' is just the beginning of the story.

Finished my first draft of “Blue Notes”

The first draft of my full-length novel, “Blue Notes,” is now complete.  It’s funny how it always seems to be a mixed blessing, completing a story.  Especially so, when you fall in love with your own characters.  I’m both elated and sad to be letting go of the story.  Not that the creative process ends with a first draft, of course, but from here on out, it’s more about tweaking the language and polishing than stepping into the characters’ shoes and being part of the plot.

It always amazes me,  how much the germ of an idea develops when you begin to write.  The vague notion that I wanted to write about Paris and my own experiences growing up in Grenoble morphed into a love story between two very different men, with different issues to face.  It was also a cathartic experience , writing about Jason facing his demons and performing in spite of his fears.  I could picture myself on that very same stage at the Conservatoire de Grenoble when I was a teenager, playing violin and hoping I wouldn’t fall flat on my face!  How many times I faced those very same demons…  That particular chapter was the hardest of them all to write – Jason on stage, Jules in the audience, quietly supporting him.

In the end, I hope I’ve struck a chord with my readers – that you will taste a bit of what it’s like to put yourself out there, to face the praise or criticism, and to fear rejection.  I’m fortunate to have found someone to support me the way Jules does Jason.  We should all be so lucky.  We all deserve it!

Peace! -Shira


On June 2, 2011 in Uncategorized

“The Dream of a Thousand Nights” to be published by Dreamspinner Press

I’m so thrilled to announce that Dreamspinner Press, my favorite male/male slash publisher, will be publishing “The Dream of a Thousand Nights.”  No set publication date yet, but I will keep you all posted!  I’m honored and very flattered to become part of the Dreamspinner team.

Special thanks to my wonderful friend and fellow author, Thea Nishimori, for all of her beta work on “Dream” and for encouraging me to submit it for publication.

On another note, “Blue Notes” is now nearly complete.  If you haven’t already read the work-in-progress, please give it a read:  http://www.writing.com/main/books/item_id/1751285-Blue-Notes-A-Modern-Gay-Romance  I’ll be reworking it for publication, and as always, would love your feedback (positive or negative).  -Shira

On May 19, 2011 in Uncategorized

“Blue Notes”

My trip to Paris seems to have inspired my muse to take off in another direction – this time, a modern romance set (where else) in Paris.  This work in progress can be read here:  http://www.writing.com/main/books/item_id/1751285-Blue-Notes-A-Modern-Gay-Romance  As always, I’m happy to hear your comments or suggestions.

A brief synopsis:

Blame it on jet-lag.

Jason Greene thought he had everything: a dream job as a partner in a large Philadelphia law firm, a beautiful fiance, and more money than he could ever hope to spend.  But when he finds his future wife in bed with another man, he’s forced to rethink his life and his choices.  On a moment’s notice, he runs away to Paris, hoping to make peace with his life.  But Jason’s leave of absence becomes a true journey of the heart when he meets Jules, a struggling jazz violinist with his own pain to shoulder.  And when Jason wakes up in the young Frenchman’s arms, will he take a chance and follow his heart?  Slow burn erotica until Chapter 3.

I hope you’ll join me as I get to to know Jason and Jules, and as their relationship develops.

Until next time! -Shira

On March 5, 2011 in Uncategorized

“The Dream of a Thousand Nights” Debuts on Amazon Kindle!

I never thought I’d find myself editing a book while sitting in a Paris cafe drinking a “chocolat chaud!”  But something about the metrosexual, vibrant nature of Paris in winter called to the writer in me (or perhaps it was the lack of ready access to the internet!).  Even as I worked on this story set in the Middle East, with sand and sun, my mind was already straying to an as yet unwritten story set in Europe in modern times…

“Dream of a Thousand Nights” started as a one-shot story about a lonely prince and a Jinn, who saved the prince from himself when the prince was disconsolate over the death of his young and beautiful wife.  The Jinn’s revelation, that he himself had held back the young prince’s hand when the prince had tried to kill himself with his dagger, was the ultimate revelation.  The Jinn had always been the prince’s side; the prince had never been truly alone.

Of course, if you’ve read “Dream,” you’ll see the story has changed somewhat from this first kernel of an idea.  There is no princess, but a young man, whom the prince has forgotten, but whose presence haunts his dreams.  The prince of “Dreams,” Neriah, is hardly suicidal, but his heart has grown cold with time and the memory of his mother’s murder and self-sacrifice.  Tamir, the kind Jinn who has sacrificed so much for the love of his prince, returns to find an embittered prince and struggles to reawaken the prince’s cold heart.

So there you have it — the genesis of Neriah and Tamir, and of “Dream of a Thousand Nights.”  I hope you will grow to love these two men as I did while writing them!

Much love,


On February 7, 2011 in Uncategorized
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