Sunday, January 11, 2015
So I've been under a rock which I'm technically still under (the book is due this Thursday, ask me if I'm done yet?) until later this week when I turn in the very last Change of Heart book. And that's good and bad because yeah, excited to see Jin and Logan again, but very sad that this is it, the end, no more.
When I left off with Jory and Sam, I knew I'd still see them with my marshals and I knew there'd be one last wedding novella at some point. This is different, this is really goodbye for my werepanthers and I find myself a bit verklempt as I finish up. And I know I said there would be no more Jin and Logan books before but it was weird. When I sat down to write my Wick and Dov book (they were mentioned at the end of Crucible of Fate), I couldn't get more than a thousand words out. It was crazy. I tried but, nothing.I tried for 2 years and it just wasn't working. And some books are crafted, like you put them together and you work at it, and others are what Amy Lane calls "dragon ridden" and they just flow out of you but in this case, neither was happening. So I talked to my editor and she said, if the characters aren't speaking to you, if the idea of the book isn't speaking to you, then you need to find the characters who will. Of course, the characters that worked, were Jin and Logan. So the very last book, Forging the Future, will be theirs.
In other news, the second in my Mangrove Stories series called Quiet Nights will be out February 9th at Dreamspinner Press and I can't wait for you all to meet Kelly and Coz. It's very different from the first one but still friends to lovers which is a trope I find I really enjoy writing as love growing from friendship is such a natural progression. In that vein, I had a wonderful night last night at the Good Reads Awards and was so honored to be in such wonderful company with the other wildly talented authors. I was particularly thrilled that my book All Kinds Of Tied Down won first place in the Friends to Lovers category.
That's it for now, I hope everyone has a wonderful, productive week.