What is it about being near water that seems to make everything a little better?
I grew up on Lake George, spending all my summers there until I was 18. We did the camping thing…the waterskiing thing…the sailing thing…the fishing thing…the hiking thing…
The first summer I didn’t go to Lake George my husband (live in boyfriend then) and I bought our first boat together. We couldn’t afford furniture or a second car, but we bought the boat.
Years later, we raised our children on Owasco Lake in Central New York. It’s one of the Finger Lakes and we continued on with all the things…though sailing became jet skiing and hiking became kayaking and I stopped fishing all together (was never really my thing).
I loved going to the lake, perching myself on a lounge chair, and listening to the water gently lap agains the break wall. I’m truly at my happiest at the water.
Some people believe the Ocean has a calming effect on the brain. Many people return to the water (be it an ocean or a lake or a river) for a sense of clarity and creativity. Some people even find the pitter patter of the rain calming. I know I sometimes love the sound of the rain pelting against the windows.
Here is an interesting article about a group of Scientists discussing the ocean’s effect on the brain.
Personally, I totally buy into. The more I’m around the water…the more creative I am…and more importantly, the happier I feel.
IN TWO WEEKS, which is the first book in the New York State Trooper Series is also the very first book I ever wrote. It took a while to get the story right because it was my first book. It was also the first book I ever published. I remember getting an email on my 40th birthday that an editor wanted the full manuscript. Three weeks later, on my husband’s 40th birthday, I got “the call”. 40 was a good year!
The idea for IN TWO WEEKS was simple. What if everything you ever wanted had been right in front of you, but you couldn’t see it?
The original title for this novel was RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOU. But since the story took place in two weeks, thought it was more appropriate.
This story changed a little as I rewrote 3 times…each time starting completely over. A few things never changed. The main idea and my hero and heroine. Their backstories changed a little, but it was always a May/December romance. It was always healing from tragedy, for both the hero and heroine.
Jared is probably the most “Alpha” male I have ever written, but what is interesting as he pops up in many of the books following, he’s mellowed a little. But recently I sat down and re-read the story and while he’s definitely a control freak, he’s got such a soft heart and his “alphaness” is more of a wall to protect his heart. But it will only take two weeks for Ryan, a woman he’s know her entire life, to show him what love could be.
Of course, there is a suspense aspect…Ryan has a stalker.
This was the book where I learned to write. In honor of upcoming book release of TO PROTECT HIS OWN I’m offering the first book in the series for free.