My first blog for my novella, Stroke of Midnight, and here I am, soaking in a tub of hot water with a face cloth over my eyes, trying to still my mind, and open up to ideas for what to say about the long and winding road to Carina Press and the exciting new opportunity I’ve been given.
A lot of readers see blogs, updates, feeds and tweets and check books off their lists to buy, read, share and borrow. There’s nothing quite as fun as discovering a new writer, digging up their backlist and reading each and every one of their books. I know this because I love it, too.
Messages from writers are often breezy pieces about how the characters came to life, how the scenes popped into their heads; the travel to locales was fun. Which makes it all seem effortless doesn’t it? Writers as a group are creative, clever, generally knowledgeable and curious about why people behave the way they do.
What they often don’t say is how long a struggle it was to develop their writing skills, how many setbacks they had, how their children went from diapers to driving before they sold (yeah, guess who that was). They won’t even tell you that they’ve considered decoupage with rejection letters on toilet seats as a stress reliever.
So, what brought me to Carina Press? Perseverance. These characters came to life for me a handful of years ago because of another novella. Jaye Sinns was very much in my mind while I was writing a story that ended with a couple heading to a high-end car auction. (Anyone who reads me knows I love me those automobiles!) Throwing Jaye at a playboy seemed like great fun because she was one tough single mother who’d worked hard at raising a son on her own. Jaye deserved a break and I was determined to give it to her.
The other thing that brought me to Carina Press with Stroke of Midnight is in my signature line below: Earthy, Irreverent . . . Lovestruck. Yes, that’s me, too. If there’s a way to lighten a mood, or point out the ridiculous or bring a little earthiness to a conversation, I’ll find it. As for being lovestruck well, my family’s chock full of real stories of first love reunions, late love blooming, and persistent (can we say 30 years later?) loves.
I’ve never wanted to write anything but romance. I love it! Reading it, watching it, being in a real-life romance. I’m so very grateful that I have people who read mine.
What do we reach for when our worlds have gone dark, when we’re stressed or worried for a loved one? We reach for a book, that’s what. For me, there’s nothing as uplifting as a happy ending. I’m tickled I’m able to share the ones I write with you!
Now you know how I got here and more importantly, why I’m here, and why I’m so blessed to share the release of Stroke of Midnight with readers.
Life’s sweet! Enjoy it,
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