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Why I wrote Basically Bad-Just one tiny emotion

A few years ago, my husband had a moment where he needed to get out of the city. We lived in New Orleans at the time. While it is a lovely place with drooping live oaks and fragrant magnolias, it is no replacement for being in the wild. Instead of booking a vacation or taking us on a hike, he began to look at real estate in Mississippi. In particular, a part of Mississippi where there are swamps and bayous and tiny creeks full of critters with teeth.

I’m pretty sure I snarled when he asked me to come look at the houses for sale. I didn’t want to have another house. I didn’t want to own what people call a fish camp in Louisiana and Mississippi. The ones that I’d known about were very rustic, meaning no electricity unless you brought a generator and a primitive toilet.

Cover of Basically Bad by Ursula Whistler

From Wildflowers Books

My husband didn’t want one of those. He was on a quest for a comfortable, small home next to a waterway so that we could wake in the morning for a canoe or kayak trip. We eventually found a place that suited us for a great price.

However, I took that sinking feeling, that sickness, I experienced when he said the words “Fish Camp” and transformed it into the basis for a story. The What If is a great way to get your creative juices going, and it did for me. Check it out if you haven’t already.

New Place to Get Ursula Whistler Stories

Man of Few Words and Basically Bad are now available to purchase on Google Play as eBooks. This means more choices for whatever device you read your collection of electronic books. Just click on the covers to go to Google Play.

Cover of Basically Bad by Ursula Whistler

From Wildflowers Books

Basically Bad

Socialite Jackie spends her evenings as Delilah, a sex toy saleswoman, but her boyfriend, Vince, has grown tired of her reliance on battery-powered toys to have an orgasm. Under the ruse of a special weekend away, he lures her to his primitive fish camp on Lake Maurepas, Louisiana, where he plans to delight her without vibrators.To Jackie, the camp is another world compared to her comfortable, Uptown New Orleans home, and she’s afraid she’ll lose this man due to her toy use, the exact same way she lost her ex-husband. But she doesn’t know if she can do without the toys. Or the man.




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Marine Pilot John ‘Duff’ Duffy was always good at following orders, even when it meant having to leave the woman he loved. Her father, then his superior, dictated it was the best thing for Kirsten’s future and Duff’s career. Good soldiers followed orders, no matter what the heart felt. It had been for the best…back then. But when he sees her years later across a crowded bar, he has one burning desire–to have her back in his life and bed again.With a new job and her father’s estate to settle, Professor Kirsten Tanner wants a peaceful existence. The return of the handsome flight instructor who broke her heart and lit a fire to her desires challenges that. She’s determined not to fall victim to his quiet charm again, but the need to show him she too can love him and leave him is much too tempting. But one touch from Duff and Kirsten begins to wonder if maybe they can have more than one night of ecstasy.


Epiphany! Get rid of the fear.

In a quick exchange the other day, a fellow author and I had this to say to each other:

Having fun with my new Final Draft software program that I got for Christmas. Makes me want to write a movie instead of a novel.

Ursula WhistlerUrsula Whistler ‏ @dawnchartier Then write a movie.
Dawn ChartierDawn Chartier @UrsulaWhistler Hmm. Not sure which I would have a better chance at.
Ursula WhistlerUrsula Whistler ‏ @dawnchartier It is uphill both ways, but I wouldn’t let that get in your way.
Dawn ChartierDawn Chartier ‏@UrsulaWhistler I’m not one to let things get in my way – I might pout for an hour or so, but then I get back on that horse…
Ursula WhistlerUrsula Whistler ‏@dawnchartier A good pout is great for focusing the mind. Then time to forge forward.
I’ve been one to pout before. In fact, I pouted for months when I parted ways with a publisher. What my friend Dawn Chartier doesn’t know is her resolution pushed me to get over that incident and get that one story back out there. I’m going to put Basically Bad back out into the world using Wildflowers Books. (Yeah, I could do it on my own, but I like experts. They’re, well, experts.) 
Read Dawn’s resolution at her blog and then make your own resolution to not let fear ruin your goals. 

So much happening!

In mid-February, my Rebel Ink Press story Basically Bad released. Y’all, it put a happy face on my Mardi Gras. Not that it’s difficult to be happy during the biggest party in the US. 

This past weekend, I spent two days at the FF&P conference here in New Orleans. I tried to think of the best part, and I can’t. Maggie Shayne gave a great keynote address. Tears. Love. Writers. She said that our fellow writers will be our best friends. I’ve got others that are close to me, but I agree. They know what we go through to produce something that many people sneer as beneath them.

Just before that I got the galleys of Behaving Badly, my soon to be released story with The Wild Rose Press. And, the cover…it’s love. Even my male friends agree that it’s a good one. You know that had to hurt for them to say it. (I kid. These guys are awesome.)

Today, I’m staring at the computer trying to get a plot to work, but he headache is getting in the way. So, I’ll rid myself of the pain with some coffee and cleaning. 

The quiet of a fish camp


That photo isn’t upside down. It’s the reflection in the water as I sit on the dock of our fish camp. We’ve escaped from New Orleans for a few days, and here we hear the birds chirp, fish jumping, and the breeze rattling the needles of the pines. It’s our way of getting back to the basics.

After the glitter and gloss of Mardi Gras we need it. Jackie, the main character in Basically Bad needed the escape as well. She took a chance that Vince could be the one even if he wanted her to leave the trappings of New Orleans behind. Find out if she did relax at that fish camp in Louisiana. The story is available at most ebook outlets.