So it’s been awhile.
Yes, I’ve been hunkered down behind the screen and out in the real job, working and writing my way through the next book. Before we get into that, just wanted to give an update on what’s coming
What Could Have was finished last month and finished at a bit over 29k in words, making it a novella.
This fiction romance will be released early this summer and will be self-published. Just the other
day I was able to complete a transaction with Hot Damn Designs for the e-book cover and I must say, they have done a phenomenal job. If you’re interested in what the final cover looks like, just hit up the tab under “New Releases.”
I’ve had several people “proof” read What Could Have and the overwhelming response has humbled me.
I want to thank each of these people for dedicating their time and will give a quick shout out. Lauran,
Brooke, Cristy, Suzie, Hope and Chris; thank you for making What Could Have become what it is. Your insight and time have truly made this piece something I am proud of; even if it is just a novella. ;)
Outside of that, I’ve been working on some edits for Coming Home which I’m hoping will have some more progress here in the next coming months. The editor on this book is simply amazing and that is all I can really say on that….for the time being. (grin)
So I was asked the other day on what typically gets me in the mood to write. What brings the ideas to my head for a story. It got me thinking. Some writers simply just have ideas; some even pull ideas from pictures. For me though, it’s music.
Music really draws just what type of book I’m writing. For those who are interested, Coming Home was written mostly while listening to music that portrays my “Bad Ass Bari.”Artists include Drake, Jay Z, NIN, and Kanye. Yes, I know; for those who know me, that music is pretty extreme for my tastes. But when I am centered on a character, his or hers feelings and mood pull through and direct just what’s going to happen. In that, there is no way; and many of you will understand this one the book comes out; that I would have been able to write such a novel while listening to anything “softer.”
What Could Have was written mostly with lyrics such as Alex Clare, Adele, Otis Redding and you will see that reflection in the words delivered through that novella.
Currently I’m working on a piece with an up and coming band and have been focusing on music such as Train, Linkin Park, Staind; just to give a few examples.
That is my piece of motivation; music. Many may have others, but I always find that the words and lyrics of others always bring out the best story with my characters and bring it to life; with the right setting.
What motivates you? I’d love to hear about it. Drop me a line if you wish to chat either through the contact page or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Until next time, happy writing!
P.S. Did you all check out the new domain name? YAY!
Two and a half weeks and the second manuscript is done. YAY! *grin* This one is the stand alone, What Could Have and finished at an approximate 30K in words, leaving it at a novella.
I tell you, when writing my work, whether it be something short to just goof off or even like Coming Home, which was 90K in words, it’s always such an emotional roller coaster, much like the publishing process, in order to complete your work.
The characters get in your head and you find yourself thinking about what they want to do next as your grocery shopping, running, driving, listening to “What’s her face” drone on and on and on and on….it simply just because the characters, as I’ve said before, get in your head. They make their presence known and while I was hoping for a different ending to What Could Have, Lucas and Annabelle pushed for their ending. Again, it’s not a Happily Ever After, but it is Just.
Now that I’m finished with this one, I have a few requests on the plate to get some other things done. I’ve been asked to co-write a book with another author and while we have two entirely different writing styles, I do think this book will end up being interesting. And as I know it currently, I will be focusing on the female aspect of the book. (HOLY CROW, that’s a new one! LOL)
This author is someone I admire and also a great blogger who is well known in the community. Until we get closer to the end of the book, I’m gonna keep her name quiet but what I can tell you is she totally rocks. She’s given me a ton of great advice on my road to being published and look, all I had to do was take her out to lunch. *winks*
This author asked me a week ago what my goals were as an Author. Hers for 2012 was to publish some twenty books! Good lord, if I only had that kind of time. But, being a mom, a dog owner, and working full time, my writing comes often in third or even fourth place. I’ve set me bar low when compared to some but for me it’s a feat to achieve. I’m setting my published goal at five for the year. We’ll see how that goes.
Coming shortly after this co-written book will be the first in the Vindictive series. I’ll explain more on that series and the characters surrounding it a bit later.
I’m gonna leave you with this for the night as the ending to What Could Have has put me in a somber mood. Friendships, relationships and family all have different types of love surrounding them. What’s important to remember is that love all comes from one place. And as cheesy as this may sound, (and believe me I’m much for throwing up when it comes to cheese) it’s important to not take any instance in which that love can be communicated, for granted. People come and people go all the time. It’s the now that’s important. And the now that matters.
Happy Thursday folks and happy writing.
I've been on a binge the past few days. That binge include coffee, writing and hounding one of my closest friends for information. *grin* I was told, in response to my apparent, quote on quote, "long ass emails" that they now understood just why I wrote novels. My answer was to flip them off; yes, give them the bird....in email. That was when I realized that I truly had lost it and overdosed on the caffeine.
Today, I turned around and hounded another author who I've grown close to as well as conduct a writing exercise with her. I am STILL laughing over the response of THAT and just what she gathered out of this example. Lets just say, and surprise, no surprise, I tend to develop very hard males and females. OH THE SHOCKER! I apparently created a very violent scene and then switched it to a very sexual scene. Now...who would have thought. *grins*
All in all, its been a fantastic week for writing. After a bit of a hold, (the full time job called) I jumped back in the writers chair and started on my first stand alone release called, What Could Have. If you go to the Upcoming Releases page, you can read about this book but let me just say, it has been my easiest, yet the toughest piece to write so far. This piece, while it could be considered Romantic Fiction, won't have the 'Happily Ever After' most romances are known for. That is why, if you took note, I called it a Romantic Fiction. Happily Ever Afters only exist in Romances and this book won't have it. (Surprise again there, right? Pfffft)
I fought with myself for weeks over writing this book but the two characters, Lucas and Annabelle called to me and were basically setting all my other writing on a back burner and even at times, making their appearances in the work I had been writing. I've had many people tell me they were surprised at how fast I could switch writing between characters. Well, that's really not the case. When writing, many authors will tell you, and I'm no exception - that character gets inside your head completely. You feel what they feel, you see what they see, and hell, the words that you write, are theirs. Lucas and Anna were no different and held a very strong presence in my head. I finally relented to their dominance *grin again* and allowed them to tell me their story.
The ending will be controversial, that I won't deny and I am actually anticipating it. But this ending will be just. I have to keep reminding myself that not all love stories have happy endings and that is very evident in past works such as Romeo And Juliet, Wuthering Heights, etc, etc. Those titles are my mantra as I work to finish the last third of this novella. <----Did you catch that? Yes, it will end up around 40 - 50K in words, not striking quite up at a novel status but making epublishers happy, as this is their targeted role.
I have a feeling, once the publisher moves past the ending, this book will get out on the market pretty quick. That's not to toot my own horn, but this is a story I believe, that will catch many the attention. My only hope is this:
I hope you as the readers grow to love Lucas and Annabelle as much as I do and allow their story to be told. It won't be one of promises kept in the end, but I can assure you Lucas and Anna are just fine with how the ending plays out.
Happy Friday loves and have a Happy Easter!