#Writing a New Book while Promoting the Latest #Release The Writer’s Mind

So, as you know, yesterday was the big release day for TO PROTECT HIS OWN, which has three good reviews so far, so thanks to all my readers for supporting me.

However, the last two months I’ve been writing Deadly Seduction and right at the climatic scene, so its getting pretty intense. But its also the hardest part for me to write and I tend to sit and stare at the computer with a puzzled expression all day, then at about ten at night, I get cranking and I’m up till two, like last night, which is bad because I’m not a night person, and I have an internal clock for 5 in the morning.

What I find hard about promoting a book when I’m this deep in another one is that when someone asks me about the latest release, I start talking about the one I’m writing and people are like, huh…what? I almost have to the the week off writing and re-read the release and only focus on that.

The other problem I have has to do with getting to the climactic scene. Since I generally know where the book is headed when I start since the first scene I visualize is usually the either the dark moment, or the resolution, I’ve replayed the climactic scene so many times in my head its hard to write, and my mind wonders because I’m starting to think about my next project…which is going to be a Novella in the Kindle World, The Omega Men, which I’m very excited about and the hero for this book keeps tapping his foot with his arms folded, not waiting for me to finish.

The way I solve that problem is I start a spreadsheet of ideas. Usually keeps the characters placated. While I finish up with current WIP. Then when that is at the editor, I go hog wild on the next one.

My mind is a scary place, just saying…

How do you deal with all this stuff going on inside your head!?

FYI: DEADLY SEDUCTION pre-order is only 0.99, but that won’t last. Release day it will go up to 3.99, so order now.

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Writing More than one Book at a Time? Is it possible?

It’s possible. And I do it.

When I tell people I work on more than one fiction book at a time I always get the same question: How to do you keep the characters straight and make sure they are different?

The key is the ability to put out of sight, out of mind…without losing the ability to dream about the characters and story.

The other day I was walking down the steps to our condo in high heels. My husband and I were on our way out to dinner with friends. As I came down the outside steps my husband said, “you look like you are drunk.”

I laughed and said, “I’m daydreaming about Delaney and Josh.”

He replies, “Who the F are they?” Of course, he knows they are two fictional characters, but one of the ways I working on character development, plotting, and pacing is by constantly visualizing the scenes in my head. I often type notes to myself in my phone so I don’t forget neat things that reveal themselves. I also don’t follow my mind exclusively because as I write, other things are revealed.

I almost always have two books going and sometimes three…

To Protect His Own
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Deadly Secrets
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For the last two months I’ve been writing the draft of DEADLY SEDUCTION, which comes out on 23 May, 2017. I’m about 50k into when I got the edits back on TO PROTECT HIS OWN, which comes out on 20 March 2017, so I had to stop the draft and go back to the other book. This is an easy transition for me because its the same world. Both books are in the NY State Trooper series. That said, I have to literally put Josh and Delaney out of my head.

Now, I just got my final Beta Read on THE BUTTERFLY MURDERS and I’m pondering going through that, making a few changes, then get back to DEADLY SECRETS…actually, I just made my decision. The former first because I can do that in a couple of days.

So, I’m really not writing two books at the same time, but I can put a draft on hold to deal with something else, flipping between the characters.

Back to the cave cave…

NY NY