And by messy, sometimes it means you get into a new groove, a new job, a new season and all you can really do is try to tread water and keep your head up above the deep. A year ago now, I quit my day job and immersed myself in ghostwriting. It was risky as hell, but I needed a way to support my family that ALSO gave me the ability to be my own boss and set my own hours. Sometimes those hours crept past midnight because real life kept me busy during the daylight hours, but I managed to make it through that first year with relatively few casualties.
But, one of those killed off in the struggle of writing eight 80k word novels for other people/publishing companies happened to be my own desire/ability to write for myself. Holy crap, guys. Stringing words together for myself after a 10k word day for someone else was torture.
So I did something smart and honored the season I was in and just let it go. I let my projects go because they weren’t demanding anything from me at the moment and I always knew I’d be back.
And here I am.
Where to Next?
I left book 3 of my Solomon series unfinished. I was about 1/3 of the way into it when steam ran out and while I just KNOW I’m going to finish it, I just don’t know when. It’s slow. So in the meantime? I’m taking the first two books off Amazon so that I can remodel, remake, rewrite them. I need new covers. I need tighter storylines. The whole 9 yards. When they come back later this year, they’re going to be relaunched all at the same time in a totally repackaged way. I’m excited. So be patient with me.
In the meantime, my son Dominic became a co-creator on a project we’ve been talking about for the past year. Yes, things have been percolating!
I’ll post more and more as it comes, but I’ve learned that its always better to under promise and over deliver, so I’ll give you a release date when one is not only available, but attainable! (See? I’m learning!)
Young Adult or Romance?
Sigh. I had a bit of an identity crisis this past year and spent a long part of it thinking I was ready to walk away from my young adult writing and focus on traditional romance. I solved that by splitting myself into two personalities, so now I don’t have to worry about what my YA fans might think if they happened to read the more mature romance titles. So happy that’s solved. Now as to whether I’m going to turn the three or four ideas on deck into romance or YA, well, I’m not sure. Again, under promise and over deliver and all that.
So for the meantime, just know I’m working on something big. Will share big things and small things as I get them done…and promise NOT to disappear for an entire year ever again. Seriously.