Thursday, August 14, 2014

BLOCKED!: Writer’s Block or Conflict Resolution by Kayden Claremont, author of Heaven and Hell Series

Have you ever experienced writer’s block? I have and I hate it, however I have decided I am in control. Yes, I can control writer’s block. Now I know you don’t believe me but here’s my secret.

Conflict resolution.

I know you think I’m joking but I’m not. Conflict resolution works for me. I get a cup of tea and sit down with the characters.

Me: “Why are you not talking to me?”

Character 1: “You’re a bully.”

Me: “I just need you to do this to move the story along.”

Character 1: “Well, I would never do that. I would to do this instead.”

Me: “If you do that then the crisis won’t work.”

Character 1. “So all I am to you is crisis.”

I rub my temples and count to ten before I answer. “No but you know we have to get the crisis right in order for you to have a happy ending.”

Character 2: “What about me? You always worry about her happiness but what about me?”

Me: “I want you both to have a happy ending.”

Character 1: “But I don’t want to do that. It’s wrong. It’s just not me.”

Character 2: “Why does it always have to be about you? I’m in this story too.”

Character 1: “It’s not always about you either.”

I don my referee shirt: “It’s about both of you. We have to work together to get this resolved so both of you can have a happy ending.”

Character 1: “You really want us to have a happy ending?”

I nod: “Of course. You are the main characters in a romantic story. That’s what the reader expects and that’s what we have to deliver by working together.”

Character 1: “But I still don’t feel that what you want me to do is right for me.”

Character 2: “Would it hurt you to just try it her way. She has created us and she hasn’t been wrong so for.”

Character 1: “You always side with her.”

Rolling my eyes I say, “It’s not about me. It’s about setting up the crisis so you and the reader have a happy ending.”

Character 2 smiles that sexy smile of his and I know I have one character on my side: “Let’s go back a few pages and see if we can’t do it differently to set up the crisis?”

Character 1: “I don’t know.”

Character 2” “Let’s give it a try. If it doesn’t work, we can try something else.”

Character 1: “OK. Let’s go back three pages and pick it up from where I walk out of the room. If I stay we can spend more time together.”

She takes his hand and leads him back three pages. I follow behind them hitting the delete key.

I sip my tea, and smile knowing we’ve resolved another character conflict, moved the story along and solve my writer’s block. 

Title: Hell’s Bounty

Series Name: Heaven & Hell Series

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Editor: Angela Anderson

Cover Art: Angela Anderson

Theme(s): Demons, Angels, Shapeshifters

SubGenre(s): Paranormal / Urban Fantasy / Erotica

Rating: Hot

Digital Price: $2.99

Digital ISBN: ISBN(s): 978-1-62830-506-7 Digital

COPYRIGHT©2014 by Kayden Claremont
Raven Hart, a succubus bounty hunter for Hell, is on a hunt. With her query in sight, she hits a brick wall, or rather the very hard chest of a giant sexy man. She might have lost the prize for now, but she's a winner when the hottie wants to get physical.

Marcus Dionysius, a Nephilim working for Heaven, has one mission—to prevent Hell’s beauty from stealing souls meant for the higher plane. But he soon realizes he’s met his sexual match. She’s naughty enough to tempt his senses, but her innocence means he can’t walk away when she needs him most.

Working together to discover who’s snatching souls from Heaven, they realize the true danger is falling in love.


“So all of this, you becoming my partner, was just a ploy to kill me?”

“Stop you.”

She looked him in the eyes. “You just said you were sent to take me out. We both know that means to kill me. So why are you lying now?”

Marcus stood and then sat down on the bed beside her. The instant he took a breath, her luscious scent fill him, aroused him.  If he wasn’t careful, he could easily succumb to her allure and not get the job done. He’d never experienced such lust before and needed to feel her pussy squeezing around his cock.  He wanted to press her down against the bed, strip her, and fuck her. Hard. “Look, I’m not lying. I don’t believe for one minute that you knew the captain was setting you up. But I still have a job to do. Help me prove you’re innocence.”

She took a deep breath and her breasts quivered. Her hard nipples budded against her blouse, as if inviting him to claim them.  She shook her head. “I don’t know.” Her voice cracked. “You don’t know who gave the orders or you don’t know how to help me?” She looked up at him, her eyes filled with doubt and terror.

Marcus placed his hand on her shoulder and was surprised when she leaned into him. “Both.” she whispered, as if afraid of the answer.

Author Information:

Kayden Claremont loves sexy, well-crafted stories of lust and love.  Her sensuous style drives the characters in lustful romps.

Hell’s Bounty is her first publication with The Wild Rose Press.

She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Toronto Romance Writers; Kiss of Death Chapter, Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal Chapter.

When she’s not at her day job she’s crafting more tales of love and crime or spending time with her husband and children.

She lives outside of Toronto, Ontario, Canada with her husband.



  1. Thanks Mellissa for having me on your blog roday.

  2. I like the way you and your characters can talk through this without tears, tantrums, violence or bloodshed. Good luck and great sales for all of Heaven and Hell.

  3. Congratulations Melissa and Kayden for a great interview. That was a great tip about writer's block Karen. Thank you both!