Why Books are Like Babies

First off, can you believe it’s already August? Where has the summer gone? There’s something about this time of year (and around Thanksgiving) where I feel IMG_2970like I’m on time’s roller coaster ride.

One minute it’s May and then suddenly August is here and I feel like the whole summer has flown by. I suspect the school calendar plays a part in this phenomenon because younger son would always start whining about having to go back to school (the infamous countdown would begin).

Well, not this year. Steady readers of this blog, may recall he graduated in June (my baby, my baby!). This year he and his older brother will be attending college together. So while they are still going to school, there is no complaining involved (well, except for the ridiculous cost of college texts).

All this thinking about time, combined with the recent birth of the royal baby (HRH Prince George) got me to thinking about how books are born in my brain. While pursuing two books at once (Mystic Hero is pulling to the lead, so by the time you read this, it might be the only book I’m writing), I’ve noticed that the story is often born while I’m writing it.

What?!? But what about all that talk of plotting and planning?

Oh, those things still happen. But like any story, I leave room for new ideas to hatch. I also rely on the characters to dictate how they react to the barriers I toss out. There is no way I can script every waking moment of the story. I decide on the big events and let the rest fill itself in.

So like a baby, sometimes a book can take forever (Mystic Storm – almost ten months) and others are done in less time (Misfortune Cookie – two months). The Undead Space Initiative poured out of my brain like there was a big hole in it and I could barely keep up!  (Note: this is writing time. Not the time it took for me to plot and plan.)

And like babies, nature can’t be rushed. Some characters, like Zephyr, in Mystic Storm, gave me nothing but trouble. I think it may be because of the whole “cursed to be a woman by day” thing (which I am not apologizing for!).

Not to be too graphic, but any woman who has gone through labor knows that babies don’t just come out in one easy push. And neither does my writing. I can have a week of super productivity and then another week where I have to flog myself to sit down and write. However, I will add a caveat. I did have younger son in my bathroom (in under a half hour of going into labor). He was apparently so eager to enter the world, he couldn’t wait!

Just goes to show –  you never know!!

Has anyone else had this experience? Do you have some books that just take forever to come out of your head?

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Kitties Do Love Boxes

Today, I’m a the 7 Scribes sharing my view on preliminary character development – Getting to Know You in the Most Shallow Way Possible By Casey Wyatt.

And in other news, the final edits for Mystic Storm are done and handed in. If all goes as planned, the book will be out by the end of May. Yay!

I hope you have a wonderful Friday. I leave you with – my kitty in a box. Isn’t she cute?

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Another Goodreads #Giveaway – The Undead Space Initiative

To celebrate The Undead Space Initiative‘s release on paperback, I’m holding another Goodreads Giveaway.

Please enter here. Also note, this is for US residents only and winners and rules are determined by Goodreads.

Good luck!

And, I’m over with the 7 Scribes blogging about Imposter Syndrome.  Stop by and share your insecurities!!

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I’m in the Night Mistress’s Clutches!

Today, I’m a guest over at Juli D. Revezzo’s blog. The Night Mistress is interviewing me, plus there is an excerpt from The Undead Space Initiative. Find out how Cherry and Ian meet and if I prefer Dracula or Frankenstein.

Hope to see you there, if you’re not too scared!!

And the Winners Are…..

I have two winners!

For Virtual Book Tour – Carin W has won a $25.oo Amazon gift card and an e-book copy of Mystic Ink

And the winner of the Indulgent Blog hop is  Monique Morgan. She’s won a $15.00 Amazon gift card!

Congratulations! And thank you to everyone who entered. I appreciate all your comments and words of support. Not to mention I did break down and have brownie sundae!

Last Day And Last Chance! I’m at Talisman Book Publishing!

This is it! The last stop on my virtual book tour. Today I’m being interviewed at:  Talisman Book Publishing

And if you’re here for the Indulgent Blog Hop, stay tuned to the end for entry details!

I hope to see you there. Remember at the end of the tour, one lucky commentor will win a $25.00 Amazon gift card and an e-copy of Mystic Ink (either Kindle or Nook version).

And if you’re here for the Indulgent blog hop – One lucky (and random) participant will win a $15.00 Amazon gift card. Just leave me a comment with your e-mail address and tell me what your favorite guilty indulgence is (remember keep it clean or I’ll have to zap your comment).

May the guiltiest participant win.

When you’re done, remember to hop onto the next site.

I’m visiting Words of Wisdom from The Scarf Princess!

If you’re here for the Indulgent Blog Hop – Welcome and please read down to the bottom.

Today I’m being interviewed at:  Words of Wisdom from The Scarf Princess

I hope to see you there. Remember at the end of the tour, one lucky commentor will win a $25.00 Amazon gift card and an e-copy of Mystic Ink (either Kindle or Nook version).

And if you’re here for the Indulgent blog hop – One lucky (and random) participant will win a $15.00 Amazon gift card. Just leave me a comment with your e-mail address and tell me what your favorite guilty indulgence is (remember keep it clean or I’ll have to zap your comment).

May the guiltiest participant win.

When you’re done, remember to hop onto the next site.

I’m at Lisa Haselton’s Reviews and Interviews

If you’re here for the Indulgent Blog Hop – Welcome and scroll to the bottom.

Today I’m being interviewed at:  Lisa Haselton’s Reviews and Interviews

I hope to see you there. Remember at the end of the tour, one lucky commentor will win a $25.00 Amazon gift card and an e-copy of Mystic Ink (either Kindle or Nook version).

And if you’re here for the Indulgent blog hop – One lucky (and random) participant will win a $15.00 Amazon gift card. Just leave me a comment with your e-mail address and tell me what your favorite guilty indulgence is (remember keep it clean or I’ll have to zap your comment).

May the guiltiest participant win.

When you’re done, remember to hop onto the next site.

Come Visit me at Realmantic Moments!

If you’re here for the Indulgent Blog Hop – Welcome and please scroll down for more information!

Today I’m being interviewed at:  Realmantic Moments

I hope to see you there. Remember at the end of the tour, one lucky commentor will win a $25.00 Amazon gift card and an e-copy of Mystic Ink (either Kindle or Nook version).

And if you’re here for the Indulgent blog hop – One lucky (and random) participant will win a $15.00 Amazon gift card. Just leave me a comment with your e-mail address and tell me what your favorite guilty indulgence is (remember keep it clean or I’ll have to zap your comment).

May the guiltiest participant win.

When you’re done, remember to hop onto the next site.