08 Feb

Someone Asked: Reading Habits

Q: The only romances I ever see you reading on Goodreads are historicals. Are you planning to write one?

A: I used to do that in a past writing life, and I can state with certainty I have no intention of doing so again. I have absolutely no interest in the history part of historical romances, which is a good way to piss off a large portion of the readership thereof, so I’m not going to venture into their realm.

The appeal of reading historicals for me (other than nostalgia — I grew up on a diet of Lindsey and Woodiwiss) is probably the lack of phones and internet, to be honest. If someone wanted to disturb your privacy, they had to bestir themselves to write and post a letter or travel to face you.

Imagine how much more civil discourse would be if screaming idiots had to travel hundreds of miles to deliver their abuse within distance of being physically harmed by yourself or your second, as opposed to flinging their shit consequence-free on the internet. And no telemarketers! Nobody checking their texts in the middle of a date!

Bliss!

I do read some contemporary and paranormal romance and some fantasy, thrillers, and horror. (I’m reading The Strain currently.) It depends what kind of mood I’m in, what’s unread on my Kindle, and how much I want to risk being influenced writing wise. There’s at least one book I’m actively avoiding because I don’t want to compare it to my story in progress (for better or worse…), but Guillermo isn’t going to butt into my rough draft and urge me to do as he does, and Loretta Chase isn’t going to tempt me to slap couture hats and gowns on my characters.

Also, my author Goodreads isn’t super reflective of my reading reality, so take anything you see there with a shake of salt. (My unprofessional reader account has thousands of books with more variety and actual opinions attached.)

05 Feb

Someone Asked: Obstacles

Q: What is your biggest writing obstacle?

A: Perfectionism and self-loathing doubt, which are not unrelated.

I want the words to come out DONE. If a scene (or a sentence) isn’t going to be perfect, recording the wrong words feels like a waste of time. I’ve been doing this for 20+ years and still struggle with the known fact that the whole story has to exist before good decisions can be made about what’s truly important, what’s missing, what doesn’t belong, what needs to change to strengthen the story.

I waste a lot of time on my mission to not waste time. It’s stupid to agonize over the description of an eyebrow when the entire chapter it’s in might not survive, but I’ll do it anyway and then feel the need to defend it (dammit, I worked hard on that!) even when it doesn’t belong, which never serves the story.

Next Book has been particularly rough because the first chapter reads like one from a finished book, and Chapter 2 is word vomit. I felt really skilled… and then I made that page break and forgot how to do everything. Objectively, I’m aware the solution to the problem lies beyond Chapter 2, but instead of banging out a placeholder to bridge the gap and powering forward to the part that will tell me what Chapter 2 must accomplish that it currently isn’t, I wasted an embarrassing amount of time guessing and wallowing in despair.

“Honey, get some therapy.”

Had it. Look, this is part of my process. I have to be demolished every time to build something new or it will just be the same old shit with a fresh coat of paint. I wish the process was faster, but for some weird reason, I persist in battling against my destruction, even when I know it’s inevitable and ultimately for the best.

Fortunately, I’m now sufficiently torn down to move forward with construction. There’s garbage all over the site, but I’m working around it. Chapter 2 is finally behind me, and a rough draft that exists is an achievable goal.

Obstacle circumvented until next time.

13 Nov

Someone Asked: What and when?

Several people have whipped through 10KH already and asked something along the following lines.

Q: What’s the next book about, and when can we expect it?

A: As to what, I don’t talk about works in progress for a multitude of reasons, but I’ll give you a visual hint.

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Yeah, the cover is done already, whereas I have only a notebook full of notes, an outline, and chapter one of the actual story. It becomes increasingly obvious the production process isn’t going to happen the same way twice, which makes prognostication all the more difficult.

Pursuant to the aforementioned, I can’t tell you when the book will be finished, either, but not soon. Nothing good happens when I rush. Not gonna do it. Probably not later than November 1, 2017 (a year after the last book), but probably not that far off because I’ve scaled back on non-writing work.

On the other hand, shit happens (such as the KU debacle that necessitates scribbling a lot of porn and designing a few covers in a hurry to supplement my income), so… ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

If you sign up for the new-release newsletter, you’ll never have to wonder when again. I will send you all the details on release day. (Here is an example of what you will receive.) (I swear on my hardback of The Gunslinger, you will receive nothing else from me because I hate an inbox full of useless crap at least as much as you do, and that is the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help me ka.)

If you prefer, you can “follow” me on my Amazon author page (click the button under the RB), and Amazon will send you an email when/if a preorder becomes available and when a new book is released (more like 5 to 10 days after in each case, but who’s in a hurry?). I have no control over what they do, but I follow myself, and so far they’ve sent me only those two emails, so I cautiously endorse that method of being updated.

I think if you follow me on Goodreads, they’ll also notify you about a new book, but I can’t follow myself there, so I don’t know how well that works. Same for Bookbub, including the “no idea how or how well it actually works” part.

The only other things I can tell you without triggering my “THOU SHALL NOT PASS” protective instincts are that the book is definitely not part of a series; it is definitely not titled Beautiful Bastard (my nickname for the individual who inspired the male protagonist) because being able to advertise is nice; nor is it titled Between the Sheets (which was briefly perfect because it nods at both beds and musical composition) because a belated search revealed that’s already the title of 31,078 romance novels and, while nobody can call dibs on a title, it is ungood to end up on page 47 of the search results because you couldn’t be a little more original at the naming stage.

That concludes this lengthy yet uninformative “answer.” If you’d like to watch me evade and obfuscate some more, drop your questions below. (If they’re about the past rather than the future, I’ll try to be more forthcoming.)

15 Jun

Someone Asked: What and when?

What comes after What Comes After Dessert and when will it be out?

The plan is to release New Book on November 1, 2016. (This is, of course, subject to change due to unforeseen disasters or miracles that occur in the meantime, but that’s the date I’m aiming for.)

It’s about lousy marriage proposals, the horrors of wedding dress shopping, a duchess, and an enchilada.

It’s about a one-night stand that turns into just a fling that escalates like a dumpster fire into a situation all parties agreed from the beginning was not the desired outcome.

It’s about being trapped by an image of your own making and being set free when one person is able to see you differently.

It’s about other things, as well, but you’ll have to wait to find out what they are.