The Writing Process

From One Book to Another…

It’s hard to leave the past behind, and that goes double for leaving written books behind. The characters of The Hide-Away have firmly taken up residence in my brain, and they’re not leaving without a fight.

I love them. Truly, I do. It took a while, and a few good swift kicks in the behind from my BFF, to finally warm up to their potential. But once Bree and Cole became fully-formed characters in my head, I was a goner. Her long, red hair and fiery temper to match. His intense blue-gray eyes and gritty determination to resist feeling any emotion. The fireworks that went off every time they were together. Their sassy give-and-take and sarcastic comments. They were fun to write, and it was rewarding to watch them laugh and stumble and grieve and grow.

But I wrote “THE END” on their story in July. It’s in the hands of a (so far) enthusiastic Harlequin editor, and I pray it will be acquired and published. But it’s time to move on to Bree’s cousin, Melanie, and her story with Shane.

The problem is that very time I start to write about Melanie, I see Bree’s red hair and bristly attitude. Every time I work on Shane, I see Cole’s silent stare and crooked grin. But Melanie isn’t ego-centric and worried about appearances like Bree was. She’s a smart, independent businesswoman who’s in a bind because of one lousy decision. And Shane is the opposite of Cole! He’s big and brash and loud, full of good Irish humor as long as he can forget the legal bind he might be in because of his family. They’re really cool people with a story to tell.

But right now? Right now they’re fighting to get a foothold in my very over-occupied brain. Bree and Cole and the characters from Hide-Away refuse to give ground. They’re preventing Mel and Shane from becoming three-dimensional characters ready to build their own story. And it’s all giving me a headache.

Is there such a thing as a writer’s eviction ceremony? “Get out of my head, Cole and Bree, and go live your lives with my blessing.” Or perhaps an exorcism is needed? Or maybe it’s just good old-fashioned writer’s block and I’m going to have to fight my way through it. Groan.

Words on paper. Words on paper. Must get words on paper.

And those words can NOT be about Bree and Cole……….

 

My Life

A New Blog From a New Writer…

I started writing romance stories when I was ten, sitting with my very bestest girlfriend (to this very day!) as we invented characters and let them play in our minds and across our pages. My first heroine was named Destiny, and I remember that she was a feisty cowgirl, and I think there was a tornado…?

Then I grew up and life happened. One job after another took me further and further from writing, and even reading, the romance novels I’d always loved.

That all changed a few years ago when I was an invited speaker at a Girl Scout troop’s Career Night. One of the prepared questions from the serious, wide-eyed girls was this:

“When you were a little girl, did you dream of growing up to be a Director of Customer Service?”

Um…no.

And that was the epiphany moment when I knew I had to follow my passion.

Now that I can see victory (publication) on the horizon, it’s time to share my adventures with the loyal friends who have supported this journey, and hopefully with new friends and fans who will discover my work. I’m a card-carrying member of the Romance Writers of America, I have two completed novels that should be published in 2016, and I just started the third. But more details about all that in future posts, along with excerpts from all three books.

For now, you just need to know that I am a hard-working writer of contemporary romances about real characters living in real world situations where love always wins.

Welcome to my very own happily ever after!