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?


Shakespeare and the Thing

Everyone has probably heard the line in Hamlet – “the play is the thing.” But do you know what the thing is? I answer that question today over at the 7 Scribes – The Play is the Thing by Casey Wyatt.

In other news – Mystic Storm is on sale now!!

And I’m very excited about this – my publisher is offering Mystic Ink for FREE on June 4 and 5!!

Also, starting June 1st, I will be participating in The Romance Reviews Sizzling Summer Reads! Please check it out. Mystic Storm will be featured.

Have a great weekend!

TRR Sizzling Summer Reads 2013

A Storm is Coming – Release Day – MYSTIC STORM!


It’s finally here. Zephyr’s book MYSTIC STORM is on sale now at Amazon!! Enjoy!

The Fates haven’t been kind to Zephyr, God of the West Wind. After interfering in a Hero’s Journey, they’ve cursed him. Yeah, he probably deserved it. But come on, does he really have to spend his daylight hours trapped in a woman’s body? And did they have to take away his power over the West Wind, too?

 As if his life isn’t complicated enough, a Muse – a supernatural tabloid journalist – appears on his doorstep. So what if she’s irresistible, whip smart and probably the only female on the planet who doesn’t find him charming, he has dangerous secrets that he’ll do anything to protect.

 Kalliope is a Muse on a mission: Find her wayward brother, Niko, and bring him home. By leaving her island sanctuary, she’s broken the “rules”, but she’ll risk banishment to save him from yet another ill-fated scheme. She’ll even accept help from Zephyr, the immortal world’s most undeniably gorgeous and notorious rake.

What’s It All About?

Writers, can you sum up your story in a sentence? And I don’t mean an elevator pitch – Your Journey Starts Here by Casey Wyatt.

I’m almost done with final, final edits to Mystic Storm! I hope to send them back to my editor before the weekend is over. Another gorgeous sunrise from my backyard.

Rejections and a Cover Reveal

Rejection. We’ve all been there. But how you deal with it is important – Wallowing and Other Coping Mechanisms. I’d love to hear your take on the subject.

And I’ve received the second round of edits for Mystic Storm. Like the cover?? Another fabulous design by Rae Monet.

Attack of the Back Cover Blob and More Snow!

Today I’m over at the 7 Scribes  discussing – Attack of the Back Cover Blob.

Also, it’s not too late to enter my Goodreads Giveaway. Don’t wait. It ends midnight, February 28th. (Open to US residents only)

And, yes, more snow is predicted for this weekend. Seriously? I am so ready for winter to be over. Here’s to warm days and sunshine!

Mystic Storm – Coming Soon!

After all the blood, sweat, and copious tears, I’m happy to announce that Mystic Storm will be coming soon to Soul Mate Publishing. I don’t have an exact release date yet but the book should come out in 2013.  For a sneak peek, click here.

And while you’re visiting my bookshelf, I’ve also added a first look at Misfortune Cookie as well.

Also, today at the 7 Scribes, my thoughts on goals and dreams. Stop by and share your thoughts.

In the meantime, the lovely lighthouse in Stonington Point CT.

Lighthouse, Stonington, CT

Do the Unexpected!

Today I’m talking about some awesome writerly advice from Orson Scott Card – Never Do What They Want.

I’m happy to say that Mystic Storm is really done. Whew! I’m going to take a mental break for a day or two, then I’m off to plot another story or two.

Have wonderful weekend! And enjoy the adorable photo of my cat.


Flying Monkeys and Cat Cuteness

Happy Friday! Want to hear more about Mystic Storm? Please join me today at the 7 Scribes and find out why I say – When in Doubt, Throw in a Flying Monkey . . . or Three!

Also, our new cat Nene has settled in nicely. Here she is on my lap.