It’s day 5 of NaNoWriMo and I’m over 10,000 words in to a new Romance series I’ve been rolling around in my head for several years now. As I write, I am imagining some of my favorite locations along the North Shore of Boston (like the photo above which I took at Halibut Point State Park).
I was going to finish the fourth book in the Relic Hunter Series, but life’s been a bit stressful these past few years and I decided to make this year the year of relaxation writing. You see, that’s how this whole writing thing started for me. I began to seriously write in order to deal with conflict I had between wanting adventures and the current state of my life at the time which prevented me from having adventures. My elderly dog was diabetic and blind – so the summer adventures we’d always shared as a family were put on hold for the dog’s comfort. I don’t regret those precious moments I spent with my husband and our dog in the air-conditioned comfort of our home; those long summer days with Sandy gave life to the Relic Hunter series.
So this year, I decided to go back to my roots and begin writing in a new genre – not only for the escapism pleasure of my readers – but as therapy for myself. Through writing, I can revisit some of my favorite places in the world – places where I have been happiest and most at peace – and then give those emotions to my characters. In a way, I am vicariously living through my characters (and at times re-living), but isn’t that the goal of every writer?
At the end of November I will have finished my novel. I’m not 100% sure of the title yet, but I know the series will be sub-titled “A Mulligan’s Cove Romance”. If you’re participating in NaNoWriMo, look me up – I could always use a few writing buddies!
Being an indie author requires me to market and I keep trying to fall in love with marketing. I know that’s the key to book sales, the way to get people to know about my books, and the way to gain new readers – but some of the easiest things to do are just a giant waste of time. It seems like spending 30 minutes a day on marketing leaves me with 30 fewer minutes to write so I’ve decided to cull the daily marketing activities so I have fewer things to do (and hence, more time to actually WRITE).
Since I think those 30 minutes could be better spent writing (short pieces, press releases, mastering Scrivener etc.) I am going to cull my marketing herd and stick to the basics: Tweeting the reviews I get, maintaining presence in on-line author rooms, and updating my blog more frequently.
In the spirit of this new focus, here’s what I’ve been up to as an AUTHOR:
I’ve started working on my new trilogy – Feathered Justice. The first book should be ready in a few months to go to my Beta-Readers and I’ll be working on a cover in the next few weeks (I always seem to write better when I have the cover done!).
I’m finishing my submission in a dog anthology – it’s tentatively titled “The Dogs of Summer” and it’s a touching and funny story about how one family (mine) rearranged their entire lives around old dogs – and how much they seemed to appreciate the effort!
Arienne is busy relaxing the Berkshires at the moment (I hear she’s getting dumped on by yet another snow storm) but she’ll be back soon – this time she’ll have another adventure with Coyote and Basir (because one of my readers told me she loves Basir and wants to see more of him and Ka’Tehm!). I’m not sure where her adventure will take her, but I know it’ll be great fun. You might also want to keep your eyes open for some new covers for the Relic Hunter Series. Tattered Shadows has a new look, Fortunes Bought and Sold is up next in the make-over department and then possibly a new set for the Relic Hunter Series – most of this self-publishing thing is really trial and error, so I think new covers might be in order.
In the meantime, I’m off to write!