Apologies for the late post, everyone. I've been out of town (niece's graduation, visiting family, visiting my dad's grave since I won't be able to over Memorial Day weekend, doing some research in Kansas City) and I see my automatic post didn't show up this morning. Watch it pop up at some random time on some random day. <vbg> But perhaps there's good karma in the technical glitch because I can now update the post with the latest scoop of writing news!
I’ve been thinking a lot about going through phases lately. Yes, partly because of the change of seasons (although we’ve had more winter weather this spring than we had back in December!)—but most notably because my son graduated from college this weekend. There were many tears (mine!) and lots of pictures and hugs and celebrations. With his double major in Music Business behind him now, after a tremendously successful college career (yes, I’m a proud mama!) he’s embarking on the next phase of his life. Right now he wants to work, but he’s thinking seriously of going on to get his Master’s or attend a trade school to get a degree in instrument repair. Plus, he’s set to go to California for some networking/job interviews later this year. But what an exciting time for him! He has a level of maturity and preparation to go along with his hard work ethic and musical talent, and goofy, sensitive personality that has readied him to launch into whatever comes next. Probably with an honest degree of trepidation—the unknown can be a little scary—but also with excitement and anticipation and an eagerness to explore that next chapter of his life.
It’s time for a new beginning in my writing career, too. Right now, in between promoting my Precinct: Task Force miniseries and finishing up the last book on a contract, I’m preparing for the next phase—that brand new contract for the next several books I’ll be writing. I’ve consulted with my agent and chatted with my editor. I’ve surveyed readers through blog posts and my Facebook page. I’ve let my imagination do what it does best—dream up characters and situations, analyze my favorite story hooks, think of different projects I’d like to write. Truly, this is probably the most fun aspect of a writing career for me—that time between big projects when deadlines have receded and the creative world lies ahead of me. There are no restrictions on me at this phase of writing. What existing supporting characters do I love best and want to feature in a story? What mysteries would I like to solve? What’s something new and different that will challenge me creatively, yet remain true to reader expectations?
I shared part of this blog post on www.JustRomanticSuspense.com last Thursday & Friday. But here's the big update for my Intrigue readers here... I just sold 6 new books! Some stand-alone Intrigue titles featuring supporting characters from my Precinct: Task Force miniseries, a new Intrigue trilogy, and something a little grittier/sexier/longer for the new Intrigue Noir. All that "free thinking" of new ideas paid off, I suppose. And now I'm really looking forward to writing these. I hope you'll enjoy reading them, too!
Like my son, I’m a little bit anxious about this next phase of my writing career, but I'm willing to trust my imagination and instincts and the many blessings in my life.
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Any new beginnings or landmark events happening in your life? Please share the good news or let us cheer you on if you’re gearing up for something new. I’ll give away a signed copy of my June release, ASSUMED IDENTITY, to one lucky poster.