Thanks to Leah for letting me come play on her blog today.
The past few months have been very exciting for me. With a release every month for the next three months, I’ve had to try and juggle edits and real life while continuing to work on my new book. Novellas, novels and series ideas have been colliding in my poor brain until I don’t know which way is up.
What’s a writer to do??
Well, first off…I go away. LOL!
I’ve been fortunate to have made it to this year’s Romanticon, the second annual conference hosted by Ellora’s Cave. This, along with my monthly RWA meetings give me an amazing boost to keep myself going. Pressure and long hours behind a keyboard can give even the best writer a serious case of the doubt bunnies. Forming bonds with other writers, taking the time to go to a conference where other people understand your excitement at finally working out a plot point, can be a huge boost.
The second thing I’ve done was force myself to focus. Anyone who has met me in person knows I have a tendency (SQUIRREL!) to bounce around with my attention span (POINT!). I’m the same with my stories. When I am able to immerse myself in a plot, I find myself better able to push through any potential problems that may arise.
This is how I wrote all three of the stories I have coming out this fall. No Remedy (now available from Ellora’s Cave) was a labour of love for me. It follows from No Quarter, and I wanted to make sure that I wrapped up the story of Faolan and Gar by showing what comes next. Plus, I was in love with Mace (Gar’s sister) and wanted to make sure she had her spot light.
No sooner had I typed The End, that I got hit hard with a plot for a novella that will be appearing in a new series from EC. Commanding Acquisitions will be out on November 10th and is the second book in the 1-800-DOM-help series. This story was a gift from someone. It came to me complete in one day. I think I wrote the whole thing in a week. To date, this is one of my favourite stories.
To balance things out, I next wrote Firm Touch. This will be a part of EC’s Merry Kinkmas line…and was the hardest twenty pages I’ve ever written. As a result, I’m very proud of how this turned out. I hope you’ll all get a chance to check it out on December 6th.
Each of these stories is very different. Each pushed me in a different way as a writer, forcing me to move outside my comfort zone into new areas. With luck, you’ll all enjoy them as much as I do.