January 3 2018

How We Write: Writing Fast

I have an insane publishing schedule for 2018. If I were to sit down and think of the books I have coming out (some already written) and how many I have to write, I’d pull all my hair out and anyone who knows me, knows I’m obsessed with my hair.

When people look at what I published last year and what is scheduled for this year, they all ask: How do you write so fast?

The next question is: And produce quality work?

First, I need to qualify the majority of the books coming out in 2018 are Novellas ranging from 25k words to 40k words compared to my 60-80k work novels. Also, when writing novellas, I’m focusing only on one plot line, no subplots, and essentially the only characters I’m developing are the hero and heroine.

I think the biggest reason I can write so fast is that I plot out a series of novellas. For example, the Witches and Werewolves series inside the Sassy Ever After Kindle World created by Milly Taiden, will have four books. The covers have already been created, which means I have titles: Lady Sass, All That Sass, Neon Sass, and Painting Sass. I have a theme in this series, besides witches and their werewolves and that is its all set in the entertainment business. Lady Sass is about a model and a photographer. All That Sass is about an actress and a producer. Neon Sass is about a singer and a guitarist. And finally, Painting Sass is about a painter and a princess.

While I’m writing one book, I’m keeping a notebook full of ideas about the other books as they come to me. Also, I often write the series at once, even if a book isn’t due till the end of the year because its all fresh in my mind.

But I think the reason I can write so fast is that it’s my job, my hobby, and its also how I deal with stress sometimes. I spend the majority of my day writing, talking, or thinking about my characters. If I’m watching TV or a Movie, I’m analyzing story. If I’m out grocery shopping, I’m thinking (which often means shopping takes forever!). Of course, I’m also an empty nester, so that helps.

But mostly, have my critique partner, Casey Hagen who I’d be lost without her. She gives me a kick in the ass when I need it. She listens to me babble about nothing for 2 hours until the light bulb goes off and we’ve just plotted two of my boos! Casey and I brutally honest with each other, so our critiques are not for the weak at heart. We say exactly what we think. But we also encourage each other and help each other through crazy ass deadlines.

I’m really excited about another Kindle Series also created by Milly Taiden: Paranormal Dating Agency and my series in the world is: Twilight Crossing. The first book comes out February 9, 2018.

A burnt-out warewolf cop…
An innocent human teacher…
Two weeks of passion…

Chaz Ferguson has sat on the Twilight Crossing Council for the last ten years, policing the paranormal world, making sure that injustices to humans as well as paranormal creatures are punished to the fullest extent of the law. There is nothing he loves more than his job. So, when he’s forced to take a vacation, he has no idea what to do with his time. Hi mother along with his boss, set him up with an appointment with Gerri Wilder at the Paranormal Dating Agency, telling him it will change his life.

Chaz doesn’t necessarily want to change his life.

But he is tired of the rat race and wouldn’t mind a warm female body, even if for only short period of time.

Daphne Jade hasn’t had good luck with men her entire life. She has a tendency to attract the whackos of this world. When she takes a date arranged by Gerri Wilder, she has no idea she’d be dating someone from out of this world. The paranormal realm was something she’d been sheltered from. She’d never met a werewolf, much less one being her soul-mate.

 

 

December 29 2017

Where do you find Happily-Ever-After?

Since I write romance, the HEA or Happily-Ever-After ending is a given. Or should I say, its the expectation or payoff of for the reader. Those who love romances don’t pick up one and think, gee, I hope the couple ends up Splitsville at the end of the book. NO. They want to believe that the hero and heroine will be together, happily, FOREVER.

Sounds more like a fantasy, right? I mean, how many people do you know have been married forever? The divorce rate is high and I know more people who get divorced than stay together.

As a married woman, I always get the question: how do you do it? Half of me wants to be snarky and say: well, men, you can’t live with them, and you can’t shoot them. But I almost always answer with a snarky truth, “he travels”. And trust me, there is no truer statement as I approach my 30th wedding anniversary this summer. Interestingly enough, my husband’s parents just celebrated 60 years of marriage. Holy fuck, that’s a long damn time!

But my father-in-law traveled too! LOL.

I always joke that my husband and I, if any two people were destine to be together, it’s us. The irony of our so called romance is hysterical. I mean he took me to see the movie Killing Fields on our FIRST DATE and on VALENTINES DAY. Seriously, I married that man. I should also say he’s the kind of man who, after me bitching about driving a second mini van, tells me one day he’s got to take the mini van for a day and comes home with my dream SUV. Kind of makes up for the Killing Fields. And lets be real here, I got excited the day he bought me a new washer and dryer for my birthday.

Most books I read, I read for the good feeling at the end. If its a thriller, I want the good guys to win and the bad guys locked up. If its a romance, well, I want the promise that our hero and heroine are going to be blissfully happy.

I have a book that comes out January 9, 2017. The book is sort of a Hatfield and McCoy family feud blended with a Romeo and Juliet only my heroine and hero don’t die at the end, cuz, you know, its a romance! Check out the blurb below.

A burnt-out warewolf cop…
An innocent human teacher…
Two weeks of passion…

Chaz Ferguson has sat on the Twilight Crossing Council for the last ten years, policing the paranormal world, making sure that injustices to humans as well as paranormal creatures are punished to the fullest extent of the law. There is nothing he loves more than his job. So, when he’s forced to take a vacation, he has no idea what to do with his time. Hi mother along with his boss, set him up with an appointment with Gerri Wilder at the Paranormal Dating Agency, telling him it will change his life.

Chaz doesn’t necessarily want to change his life.

But he is tired of the rat race and wouldn’t mind a warm female body, even if for only short period of time.

Daphne Jade hasn’t had good luck with men her entire life. She has a tendency to attract the whackos of this world. When she takes a date arranged by Gerri Wilder, she has no idea she’d be dating someone from out of this world. The paranormal realm was something she’d been sheltered from. She’d never met a werewolf, much less one being her soul-mate.