Tempeste O’Riley’s Monthly Author Column: Disability Author or Writer of Life?

Hello everyone! Thanks so much for stopping by again. I know I’ve been MIA for a bit *blushes* but health has been kicking me around a bit. But, I’m back and will do my best to be here every month for you. Today I’m here to talk a little about something I keep being asked and thought I’d write up as a post instead of relying on all the little replies making the rounds, lol. “Are you a disability author?”

Now, that’s an interesting question that I both smile and frown at. Yes, you can do both, lol. The answer is no, I’m not. Yes, I have a habit of writing characters that have challenges, be they abuse, family, mobility, health, hearing, or other…. But, I do not consider myself a “disability author.” I’m not specifically writing “disabled” characters as a “thing.” I know some authors have a niche, but mine is homoerotic love, in all it’s forms, though I’ve only written with boy bits so far (under this name). I do have a few differently-abled (love that term, thank you Josh for insisting I see myself that way instead of a disabled or broken as I had been told I was by others now in my past!) characters, but the point of the story isn’t their mobility or hearing or … issue, it’s the friendship and life and eventual love they find that their “disability” has nothing to do with.

We all want to see ourselves in the stories we read, the poor, the sick, the rich, the lonely, the successful, the ___…. I write for everyone. Therefore, I put a little of everyone into my stories. One day, you might even find you in one Winking smile

Right now I’m working on two books—the MCs keep trading off who’s louder, ugh! –and in one, one of the MCs has an anxiety disorder and is a sub and in the other, the soon to be sub has been met before, in Dreamers’ Destiny. Nate was referred to as having twisted legs by one of the other characters, though it didn’t bother the guy. It was just a descriptor like saying he had blue eyes or something. What he actually has is severe Internal Tibial Torsion (rotated shin bone) and Femoral Anteversion (twisted thigh bone).

Should we consider either one disabled?

Now, for a fun question or two… Do you have any questions/topics you’d love to see me write about? If so, please email me at tempeste@tempesteoriley.com and let me know! Also, what should I call my monthly column? It needs a name…. But as most know, I’m shite with naming things. Ask anyone in the know how Whiskers of a Chance got it’s name, lol…. For all suggestions, ideas, or just to drop me a note, please email me at tempeste@tempesteoriley.com.

For a chance to win any eBook from by backlist, tell me your favorite story with an MC that had a disability of some form (physical, mental, etc.) in the comment section below. (Don’t forget to leave your email so I can notify you if you win.)

And remember, having a little glitch makes us unique, not broken. Be proud of being you and hold out for that person that sees all of you, instead of just the issue. It’s worth it—even more so in real life than in the stories we write.

Turn The Page…. (Suicide Awareness & Prevention Anthology)
by Tempeste O’Riley, Dianne Hartsock, Nikki Prince, Grace R. Duncan, Sue Brown, Aine P Massie, Carole Cummings, Hope Ryan, Mark Zubro, Antonia Aquilante, D. Zander Crane

M/M F/F Transgender Genderfluid 
Contemporary Urban Fantasy Paranormal BDSM Romance
(Each story is unique and special, so the genre varies wildly. All are LGBTQ)

Publisher: Abbey of the Brew City Sisters
Cover Artist: Jess Small
Release Date: October 7, 2016 (ebook/print)
Length: Novel / 270 pages

Turn The Page…. began as a simple idea and grew from there. No matter how bad things seem to be, just turn the page, there’s more—better—things to come. This is only one chapter in your life. It’s not the whole story. With this simple idea, Novice Sister Eroti-Quill—whom most know better as Tempeste O’Riley—began their quest to help Suicide Prevention and Awareness programs in their area. They managed to con (excuse me, convince) other authors to donate their time and stories to the project, and now, many months later, Turn The Page is born!

The authors in this anthology donated their talent as a way to support Eroti-Quill’s hope for others, to help bring strength to programs that so desperately need funding. It will allow them show those that need support but may not have it, or that may be afraid to reach out, just how much love and understanding surrounds them. Turn The Page…. is a diverse range of stories about the journey of love, hope, and acceptance.

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Homo-Erotic Romance Author, Tempeste O’Riley is an out and proud pansexual genderfluid whose best friend growing up had the courage to do what they couldn’t – defy the hate and come out. He has been their hero ever since. Tempe is a hopeless romantic who loves strong relationships and happily-ever-afters. They count their friends, family, and Muse as their greatest blessings in life.

Tempe is also a PAN member of Romance Writers of America®, Rainbow Romance Writers, and WisRWA.

Website: http://tempesteoriley.com/

I Hope You Make It To Neverland….

Pulse-Orlando_IMAGE-640x360When I sat down to write this months’ post, I scrapped the intended topic thanks to the horror inflicted on those at Pulse, their friends and families, and the LGBTQ Community as a whole on Sunday. It’s taken me a little to even find any words—and I make my living using words—to express my profound sense of loss and pain since hearing the news.

You see, I’m originally from not that far from Orlando. To say that I was terrified as I waited to read through the list of names doesn’t even begin to describe it. Then you add in the fact that I’m a Novice Sister with the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and we have an Abbey house in Orlando… and yeah, was worried for all my sisters there as well.

What I can say is that LOVE IS STRONGER than hate. We cannot allow this pain, this loss, this sickness that has attacked us, to stop us. To put us back into hiding. To cause us to not be who we are. Every time I go out for the rest of the year as Eroti-Quill (My SPI name) I will have Pulse written on me somewhere in memory of those lost. But also to remind myself to fight so that their loss doesn’t keep happening.

Click below to see a wonderful tribute to those lost in the horrible attack at Pulse. I hope you will take a moment to view it. I hope they all are hanging with Peter Pan, loving and being who they are as they await their next life.

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I promise to try to have a happier post for you next month, but for now, blessings and know I’m thankful for the safety of each and every one of you!

Writing From Home with Tempeste O’Riley

Hello everyone *waves* Thank you for stopping by on my first monthly visit here at Authors Speak. It’s hard to believe it’s May! I grew up in the South (yes, it’s capitalized lol Winking smile) and I’m still not used to this nonsense of it being 32°F on May 15th! Nope, ‘tis not natural I tell you!

However, that just makes more all the more thankful for how I do my work. Now, that doesn’t mean my schedule isn’t hectic—because it is—but at least I don’t have to brave the cold just to get to work. Doesn’t help with doctors, sadly, as the days of them coming to you went the way of wagon trains and such :/ Right now is extra insane as I had a release last Friday… yes, on Friday the 13th, and Dreamers’ Destiny has dream walking, a touch of dream weaving, and a fun and quirky Wiccan coven that helps the MCs in their time of need, so I consider it a win on the date. (I’ve always considered the 13th to be lucky :D)

Meanwhile, I write. I attempt to keep to a schedule (haha). I am my own boss, really, though I have to answer to my publisher (whom I adore!) and to my readers (love love love y’all!) all while working around my health and my kids. Trying to manage a career, home, life, etc. is an interesting feat, let me tell you.

A lot of people work from home, whether they are their own boss or work in a job where they can “telecommute,” managing your time, your life, convincing your family that yes, you are working when you are “playing” with the computer. No, you are not goofing off. Yes, you really do need to be left alone while you finish this scene. No, little ones barging in while you try to write that sex scene is not helpful…. But hey, at least I can work in my PJs, right?

Some of the things I’ve done to help me create my “office” both for me and for my family—and to help all of us focus on when I need to write—are the following:

  1. Set Goals. (And post them where they are visible to everyone in the house.) I have a ‘post-it’ on my laptop that has my current writing projects list and both the word and date goals. This mimics the list that is up on the wall in the living room of my home. My kids get a kick out of getting to add or remove things as I either finish a project or come up with a new idea.
  2. Make a Plan. You can’t just make a goal, you have to make a plan for how to make the goal into a reality. How many days a week are you going to write? How many hours or words? How are you going to decide what a “full day” is?
  3. Organize/Stick to the Plan. Google Calendar is my friend. Full stop. Once I have my plans, I then need to make sure I know day to day what I need to do. With all the doctors appointments, kids stuff, etc. I also have to deal with, that can be hard on a non-work day, add in trying to write and yep, no way will I remember what I’m supposed to have on my list. CRS (can’t remember $hit, right?) :/ So I have all kinds of planning to my calendar and then my laptop, tablet, cell… all remind me and can be a source of “yes, I am free then,” or “no, sorry, I am already scheduled out that day/time/etc.” It helps, because with my health, there is just no way I can do the back-to-back running on fumes I did at one point. Plus, it just makes life a lot easier.
  4. Designated Workspace. Now, I don’t have an “office” per se. What I do have is an area or two that I use, depending on what floor in the house I chose to work on, and ways to designate to the rest of my family that I’m working as opposed to it just being “fun” time on the laptop. I envy those authors that have a designated office and all the fun things that go into having an office. I used to have an office and all the fun bits, but I can’t do that anymore. I can make sure I have coffee, water (a must!), footrest, pillows to prop up on and get comfy, and my laptop, of course. I also have an “At Work” sign, so there’s no mistake that it’s now office hours, lol.

The biggest thing for me is to make sure that I remember to take care of what I can and not push too hard. That’s been a huge challenge. So, do you work from home? How do you keep yourself on track?

That’s it from me for this month. Questions, feel free to leave a comment or to email me (tempeste.oriley @ gmail.com). I’m always willing to talk with readers.

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Tempeste O’Riley is an out and proud pansexual genderfluid whose best friend growing up had the courage to do what they couldn’t—defy the hate and come out. He has been their hero ever since.

Tempe is a hopeless romantic who loves strong relationships and happily-ever-afters. They has done many things in their life, yet writing has always drawn them back—no matter what else life has thrown their way. They counts her friends, family, and Muse as their greatest blessings in life. They lives in Wisconsin with their children, reading, writing, and enjoying life—especially now that they have joined the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence® (as Novice Sister Eroti-Quill… can’t imagine where that name came from).

Tempe is also a proud PAN member of Romance Writers of America®, WisRWA, and Rainbow Romance Writers. Tempe’s preferred pronouns are they/them/their/theirs/themselves. To learn more about Tempeste and their writing, visit http://tempesteoriley.com.

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