Journeys of the Heart

An author's journey

Meet Macie Carter

My special guest today is author, Macie Carter (aka Mitzi Flyte) whose erotic novella, Teasing the Muse was released today by The Wild Rose Press.  Welcome, Macie.  Tell us a bit about yourself and your story.

Kathy, thank you so much for having me as your guest. 

After being published in short stories in various genres, I never thought that my first work with a major electronic/print publisher would be an erotic novella. Writing erotic romance was a stretch for my writing muscles, even though I’d once regaled my writing friends with a very sensual short story called “Dara and the Dragon.” I wanted to see if I could do it again and once done, could I find a publisher.

 In writing erotic romance, the author must pull from her own experiences, what has given her pleasure and, just as important, what has she done to please another. So I started writing with some hesitancy. I decided that “Macie Carter “would be a pen name—a persona—that I would use for this genre.

 Teasing the Muse began as a “what-if” idea . What if a famous writer of erotic romance went through a terrible divorce? What if she gave up on men? What if all of that affected her writing?

The first scene came to me while remembering the many writers’ conferences I’ve attended over the years. “Sit in the bar” is the mantra for those conferences—you never know who you may meet. So I imagined my writer’s editor talking to her while drinking a Cosmo at a hotel bar during a writers’ conference.  The story seemed to take on a life of its own after that.

 I have to thank Tess Gerritsen for the Cosmo idea. I happened to see her (in the bar, of course) with this lovely pink drink at the last New York RWA National and instead of telling her how much I loved her books, I stupidly asked her what type of drink it was. Nuh-duh… So the Cosmo in the opening scene is dedicated to her.

 I knew the story would involve an older woman and a younger man because of the market I was targeting. I’d dated younger men years ago but I’d always been more attracted to men a bit older than myself.  I had to imagine what it would be like for a woman of forty to find herself drawn to a man much younger. For erotica the answer is easy—it’s the sex. But for the romance, there had to be more, much more. What would bring these two people together and then keep them together? I hope Teasing the Muse shows that sexual attraction can be the beginning of a lasting relationship and that love and passion are, indeed, ageless.

 I’m working on my second erotic romance novella, tentatively titled When in Rome, and continue to write short stories and paranormal romance.

Blurb: Teasing the Muse

Popular erotic romance writer, Page Burns, seems to have lost the “hotness” in her writing, or at least that’s what her editor informs her. Is it because of her self-imposed celibacy after a bitter divorce, or because she’s forty and just not interested? When she meets a handsome young stranger at one of her book signings, she decides what she really needs is a muse–in her bed. Fantasizing about the young man is just enough to revitalize some of her sizzling words. Can a forty year-old woman bed a man ten years her junior? Should she even try? But what Page doesn’t realize is that she’s not the only one fantasizing about teasing the muse…

Teasing the Muse – Erotic Romance – Cougar Club – The Wild Rose Press


 Was the empty space in her bed and the new celibacy of

divorce causing her to lose her ability to write her own genre? Should she turn to inspirationals or even those Amish books that covered the racks at every turnpike rest stop?

            “I don’t want to become one of the divorce crazies—the women who hop from bed to bed just to prove they’re still desirable. Sex with the faceless stranger. Hell! I even wrote about it.”

“Your first book. I remember. You wrote it when

you were happily married to Mark.”

Page didn’t say anything. She was thinking about how much Myra had helped with that first book. Page stared at her new manuscript inundated with little yellow slips of paper.

Myra patted the stack of papers. “It doesn’t need

a lot of rewrite, Page,” she said. “The plot and the

characters are strong—your usual. It’s just the…Well, that’s what the stickies are—areas I’ve marked for changes.”

“I get it. I get it,” Page said more upset with

herself than her editor. “I have the hotel room for

two more days. I was going to meet my college roommate after the conference but she called last night to cancel. Story of my life. Good thing I didn’t check-out. Hotel room with room service—so no distractions. I’ll sit in the room and rewrite and rewrite and…”

            An hour later Page was in the hotel’s large banquet room. Twenty long tables had been set up, each table had four authors and stacks of books. Page and three other “name” authors had their own smaller tables. Page’s books sat on either side of the basket of candy kisses and prophylactics she always had at her signings. She no longer needed chocolate and condoms to lure potential buyers to her books, but tradition was tradition and it was her way of promoting safe sex.

            She had just finished signing for one flustered

octogenarian when she looked up into a pair of dark green eyes. A man stood over her, a book in one hand and a hard hat in the other resting on his hip. Page took in his blue work shirt and dusty jeans. His dark hair was long and curled around a handsome face, a face that hadn’t seen even thirty years.


Macie Carter is the pen name of award-winning author, Mitzi Flyte. Teasing the Muse, to be released from The Wild Rose Press on March 26, is Mitzi’s first erotic novella.

Mitzi received her first rejection when she was twelve, many years ago; however, that didn’t stop her from writing and submitting. A member of Romance Writers of American, she’s been the President of the Greater Lehigh Valley Writers Group and the Pocono Lehigh Romance Chapter of RWA. When she’s not writing, Mitzi’s the Vice President of Nursing for a nursing home management company. She lives in Allentown, PA with two feline companions who have yet to critique her work.

Mitzi helps Macie with her website/blog because Macie is basically lazy and makes Mitzi do everything.


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