It’s true. I’m a liar. And I’m not just someone who lies about trivial things—like adding an embellishment to something I saw to make it more interesting. No. I tell big whopper lies that go on for hundreds of pages about things you wouldn’t want to run into in a dark alley. Or maybe you would.
I’m J. C. Coy, and I write urban fantasy, usually dark, sometimes downright horrifying, and always hot. I like a sexy hero, and that character gets center stage. Not that I don’t care for heroines. But my work always features a male MC. For me, they are more fun to write and work with. They don’t give me the hard time heroines tend to.
Why dark? I blame that mostly on Stephen King. I discovered him when I was a teenager…and it was all over. No writer could top King in my eyes. I devoured every word he wrote, the scarier the better. My favorite monster has always been the vampire, and when I found a copy of Salem’s Lot, oh my, reading bliss. Later I discovered Anne Rice and fell in love with Louis and Lestat. Oh what fun. From there it wasn’t a long hop to paranormal romance. I then found the work of JR Ward. She took vampires to a new level, and boy, were they hot.
Five years ago, when I was rereading Anne Rice, I decided to give writing a serious shot. I’d always dabbled, but never with the intention of seeking publication. Naturally, I started with work much closer to horror than paranormal romance. Over time, the romance became more important to me than a good scare, and my work started to evolve. Then I read some urban fantasy and knew I’d found what was right for me. But after two years of trial and error, of reading writer’s books and articles, I was still making mistakes. Worse, I didn’t know how to fix them.
I joined Romance Writers of America and a few subchapters (most notably Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal and Central Ohio Fiction Writers). Through them I learned of workshops with published authors. I learned how to fix my plot problems and tighten my work. I’m now published in short fiction and ready to shop my monster sized, but tight manuscript. I love this journey of telling lies. I’ve found the thing I was meant to do. To me, the endless hours of writing and editing are not work but a joy. I am honored and privileged to be a member of this wonderful liars’ club—the world of the writer.
How about you? Do you like it dark? And hot? Maybe with a tickle of fear?