The End. No, as you already know by now, it’s not the end of the world (as you know it). Today is December 23 and I feel fine (yes, I know you are humming along to that catchy R.E.M. song). It’s not the end of this blog either as some of you may have thought do to my blogging absence the past month and half (then again maybe nobody missed me). Life is full of beginnings and endings. 2012 is coming to an end and 2013 is beginning. Tonight’s ending though is in relation to my next novel. I finally, typed in those words that make any author smile – “The End.”
And so now, you know why the words of my blog have been missing these past months. As a working mother, I only have so much time in the day to dedicate to my writing. This past November, I focused and dedicated those hours to my book. I participated in the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), spent thirty days writing the rough draft of said novel, and came away with 50,000 + words. And, today at around 63,000 words, I finished the draft and now will start revisions. For me revisions are my favorite part of the writing process and the hardest part is behind me! Yes. Yay me!
Anyway, I am participating in a “blog hop” with a group of authors that also participated in NaNoWriMos. The rest of this blog gives you a sneak peak at my WIP (work in progress) that hopefully will see the light of day in the Kindle book store in late February or early March.
I’ve been tagged by Shirley Wine, author of Seven For A Secret (http://amzn.com/B009XJAKLS) and Lovers’ Lies (http://amzn.com/B009GQGUWQ) who recently shared with readers about her current WIP at www.shirleywine.com.
Thanks Shirley Wine for this opportunity to talk about my current WIP!
What is the title of your next book? Take Your Time
Where did the idea come from for the book? I got the idea for this book as I was finish writing my last book. Take A Deep Breath was about a woman named Liv, who has four sisters. The sisters don’t play a part in the first book, but I thought it would be fun to write about each one. The second book centers around the youngest sister Maddy, who we find out from Liv’s daughter Sara is a photographer.
What genre does your book fall under? Contemporary Romance
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? Late-bloomer, Maddy takes her time finding love, but wonders if she waited too long.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? Or are you with a publishing house? I will self-publish this book as an ebook and a paperback via Amazon, Smashwords, Apple, Kobo and Barnes and Noble. I love the creative control self-publishing gives me. I hate waiting, especially if I’m going to be rejected and I haven’t sought an agency or publishing house. After researching indie-publishing, it seemed like the perfect avenue for me. The royalties are higher as well. The hardest part has been finding readers, but I have slowly built a small following with my first book and hope it will grow with this one and the next… I have thought about shopping my books around, but for now I’m enjoying success as an indie author.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? It took me a little over 45 days to finish the first draft of this manuscript. I wrote mainly at night from 10:00 PM to midnight.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre? I think my writing style and stories are most comparable to Robyn Carr, Susan Wiggs, and Debbie Macomber.
Who or What inspired you to write this book? I wanted to write another book in this series ever since I published my first book, but finding time without having a real deadline was the hardest part. The NaNoWriMo website helped motivate me to get the draft finished. Emails from readers of my first book inspired me to write the next one.
If you get a chance stop by my fellow writers’ blogs and read about the books that they wrote during the NaNoWriMo challenge and find out what prompted them to write their books.
- Ana Ross: anaeross.com
- Patricia Preston: www.patriciaannpreston.com
- Pepper Phillips: www.pepperphillips.com
- Maureen Fisher: booksbymaureen.com
- Jen Yates: jenyates.blogspot.com
- Chris Redding: chrisredddingauthor.blogspot.com
- Meg Bellamy: MegBellamy.com
- Renne Pace: www.reneepace.com
- Victoria Pinder: www.victoriapinder.wordpress.com
By the way, Take a Deep Breath will be free in the Amazon Kindle store from Dec. 26-30!
- reflections on NaNoWriMo (ravenspeak.wordpress.com)
- What Comes After NaNoWriMo? (fulltimewritermom.com)
- NaNoWriMo Novel is Done! (rachelleharp.com)
- NaNoWriMo 2012 – Winner! (alimuskett.com)
- A Gentle Agent’s Guide to the End of NaNoWriMo (heydeadguy.typepad.com)