Well, I'm out of my writing cave. Sorry to have been gone so long. I feel like I’ve neglected you. I tried to keep the blog fairly current by posting some awesome cover reveals, but I apologize for not keeping you updated during my writing hiatus. The good news is I finished the last book in my series coming out this summer, DARK REDEMPTION, and did it by my deadline. It’s off with my editor.
Now, I’m recovering because, WOW, that story took me on a wild ride. I swear, by this last book those characters lived and breathed. Mala and Landry had a story to share with you all, independent of anything I wanted. I just typed and tried to keep up while they sent me on a terrifying, yet at times, hilarious adventure. Their love really shined brightly in everything they did, and I’m extremely grateful they were my muse.
My goal upon writing this series was to make sure each book was better than the preceding. I often read a first book in a series, fall in love with it, then buy the second book only to be disappointed.
As a reader, it sucks. I fall in love with authors, and when I find one I like, I'll read everything they've ever written. As long as the author consistently provides a good product. I don't expect every book to be brilliant, but I don't want to feel like I wasted money that could've gone to a book I would've enjoyed more. If you know what I mean?
Anyway, this goal is what I strove for and what constantly played in my mind as I wrote.
Which to be honest, at times, made it difficult for me to remain focused. All of my doubts and fears took turns rearing their ugly heads. I started second guessing myself and stalled writing to work out various plotlines to be sure I really wanted the story to go in a certain direction. Those insecurities can be debilitating if you get sucked in too deep.
It wasn't until I realized that my characters knew the story they wanted to tell that I let myself go.
OH MY GOSH! It was so freeing. The words flew off the page. Half the time I couldn’t believe what I was typing. It sounds crazy, but hey, it worked. I love it. I’m proud that I wrote it. And I can’t wait for you all to read it because I hope you fall in love with Mala and Landry too.
Thanks for hanging in there with me. I'm enjoying this small chance to catch my breath before the DARK SACRIFICE edits arrive next week, then it's into the editing cave.
So what have you been up to since I've been on hiatus. Leave me a comment so we can catch up.