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Arla Dahl

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A New Yorker born and bred, Arla Dahl thrives on the rich diversity of her city - the languages, the foods, the cultures. By day she's an erotic author, avid reader, foodie with a taste for the exotic, photographer and animal rescuer. By night, she can often be found in some cozy jazz club since she is also a lover of music who simply melts at the sound of a smoky saxophone.

For her fiction, Arla turns to the daily headlines and is often surprised by how today's issues mirror those from the distant past. In her current work, the Immoral Virtue trilogy, which is set during the witch hysteria of the 17th Century, Arla twists that already-twisted bit of history into a daring erotic work of fear, submission, passion and pleasure.

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Arla Dahl I am currently working on Book 3 in the Immoral Virtue Trilogy. The novella is titled, The Watchman, and it has been haunting me for nearly a year.

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I am currently working on Book 3 in the Immoral Virtue Trilogy. The novella is titled, The Watchman, and it has been haunting me for nearly a year.

I am a sucker for wounded heroes. And he – The Watchman, Giles Scott – is one.

Before I sat down to plot The Watchman, I knew what pleasures and torments I would inflict on his character. I knew how Governor Jameson Foster would treat Giles while the two men were in the privacy of the governor’s chambers. I heard the sighs, I felt the fear and smelled the lust.

I was unsure, however, of Giles’ responses to all of that. His past, after all, was of a rather painful nature. I did not want to harm him further but, perhaps, help heal him instead.

Giles, as a quietly strong and powerfully protective sort, has been quite the challenge. Over these months, he has spoken to me, as characters often do... though his voice has been hushed, his secrets still so.

It has only been after some, well, deep probing, if you will, that I’ve managed to wrench bits of his past – and its effects – from him. It seems, despite his resistance, his secrets still ache to be heard.

I have listened, revising his tale as he begins to tell it. I suppose I have finally earned his trust, much as you will see the governor do.

I have felt both pleasure and awe as I breach this wounded man’s pride. And I have fallen in love with him in the process. My hope is others will fall in love with him, too. (less)
Arla Dahl For me, writer's block is a very real thing with varying degrees of severity.

There are times when 10-15 minutes of 'free-writing' frees the muse…more
For me, writer's block is a very real thing with varying degrees of severity.

There are times when 10-15 minutes of 'free-writing' frees the muse enough for me to get back into the story. Other times, I have to step away from the computer completely then pick up a pen and notepad to jot thoughts I have for the scene I'm struggling to write. That is truly free writing because it removed the pressure of that blinking cursor.

When I free-write, I usually write about where the last scene left off, how the characters felt at that point, what they need to do next, how the setting will feel, what will be the emotions they need to experience... I won't spend too much time on any one thought. It's just jotting, nothing solid until the muse becomes engaged. I'm always amazed at how well this works.

But when it doesn't...

I exercise. Trust me, it's a last resort. I could tell you I nosh and drink tons of coffee (which I do), but that's more a way to procrastinate than to overcome writer's block.

Still, I have a compact treadmill in my living room and when I am truly stuck and cannot work through a scene, I'll get on the treadmill and just start walking. I'll think about how I brought the story to the point where I'm stuck, trying to feel the emotions of the scenes. As I think more about it, I pick up more speed on the treadmill and it clears my mind. I don't know how it works but it does. Sometimes I'll come away with only one sentence, a transition, but that might be all I need to get going again. Sometimes, an error in a previous scene suddenly becomes clear. And sometimes the answer becomes so clear I wonder why I was stuck in the first place. I'm not sure how running does that for me, but it does, so I do. (less)
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“Her face burned with shame. Even wedded and sharing a bed, no man would touch a woman as he had touched her.”
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“A witch so bold would not flinch, no matter how harsh her punishment might be, though his wish was for her to feel every strike.”
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“He guided her hands lower, over her own soft belly, her hips, the tops of her thighs. The oils they spread there left a sheen upon her flesh. A sheen that glistened as firelight and shadows caroused about the space.

His grasped her wrists and he urged her hands to her back once again.

“Clasp them,” he said and she did.”
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“If you see it there, darling, then it's there.”
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“Why should I be ashamed to describe what nature was not ashamed to create?”
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“Her face burned with shame. Even wedded and sharing a bed, no man would touch a woman as he had touched her.”
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“A witch so bold would not flinch, no matter how harsh her punishment might be, though his wish was for her to feel every strike.”
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“He guided her hands lower, over her own soft belly, her hips, the tops of her thighs. The oils they spread there left a sheen upon her flesh. A sheen that glistened as firelight and shadows caroused about the space.

His grasped her wrists and he urged her hands to her back once again.

“Clasp them,” he said and she did.”
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