First the good news.
I made my deadline and I’m alive! The kids are back in school, summer vacation is over, and I’m feeling more relaxed. It wasn’t my best summer, to be honest. I felt like I spent it all at my computer desk, tearing my hair out. I’m not one of those authors who can write several thousand easy words in a few hours. Sometimes it takes me all day to write 500 words. Sometimes I work all day and end up with -500 words. My first draft of FREEFALL is about 80k (it needs to be longer) and my file of deleted scenes is 25k. I’m not terribly fast or efficient.
Another thing I’ve been thinking about is how little the number of hours I put in, or the difficulty level I experience, matters. This is frustrating, because I’ve been raised to believe that hard work always pays off. In writing, the end result is everything. Whether it takes two easy weeks or twenty grueling years, the book is all there is. It stands on its own, independent of the author’s time and effort.
Was this supposed to be good news? Let me try to perk up. The best thing about hard work is that it’s satisfying! Right? We appreciate the things we work hard for.
The real good news is that I’m contracted for four more projects with HQN. The first single-title action/adventure romance will be BADLANDS, Owen’s story. You’ll meet him in AFTERSHOCK and again in FREEFALL. I’m so, so relieved to be continuing a series instead of letting it drop. The other single-title is yet to be determined, and I’ll be writing two novellas as well.
The bad news is that none of these projects will be sequels to THE EDGE OF NIGHT or CAUGHT IN THE ACT. I’m still committed to bringing Eric and Ian’s stories to life, but that would most likely have to happen through Random House, the original publisher. I’m booked with HQN for the next year. After that, we’ll see!
I also have a blurb for AFTERSHOCK and I’m waiting for the cover art to be posted. Will share soon.
Thanks, as always, for reading.