Or so they say. Today was the release of my 20th novel, Love’s Verdict. TWENTY! I can hardly believe it, but it’s true. I know because I counted them. In the same way that I have to stop sometimes and put pen to paper to figure out how old I am, I crack the spine of my most recent work and skim the list of other books published by this author (uh, me) and calculate the total numbers of stories I’ve had published.
I’ve spent all day thinking about what this Big 20 milestone should mean. For real. All day. And not because the subject required that level of introspection, but mostly because I’m procrastinating. You see I’ve just started writing novel #22 (#21 is in the hands of my intrepid editor) and instead of smooth sailing, I’m encountering the thing that ALWAYS happens right at the beginning. I have a ton of great ideas, but not a lick of organization. The result is a sloppy mess of words on the page, followed by frustration about the details I haven’t yet figured out (secondary character names, locations, and other random, but important factoids), followed by numerous trips to the internet or the far recesses of my brain to contemplate the missing pieces. Days can pass in this state, and slowly, but surely I start to panic that the story is no good, that it will never get down on paper, that the last one was my final fiction overture, and I should just retire. I might be there right now.
The solution? Do what I’ve done 20 times in the past. Take a deep breath, find some peace to brush away the panic, and let the story come, just like it has before. Every. Other. Time. This crazy I’m feeling right now? It’s part of my process. And even if, for a few weeks, I totally forget that, I have to trust that the crazy will pass, and my mind will clear, and soon I’ll be able to type the story my subconscious has been working on all along.
So, tomorrow I will dive in, full force, but for now, here’s a sneak peek at my new endeavor, The Legal Affairs Romances beginning with Practice Makes Perfect:
Meet law school friends Campbell, Abby, and Grace, law partners at Austin’s premier boutique legal firm for young, hip entrepreneurs. Or, it will be as soon as they score a victory for their first big client.
Campbell Clark wins the big pitch, and lands the client, or so she thinks, until the internet start-up insists her firm work with the legal counsel Campbell thought they’d be replacing. Wynne Garrity has never been second best, and she’s not going to let anyone screw up her chance of making partner, but to do so she needs to hang onto her client and prove to everyone her firm isn’t stuck in the stone age. Reluctant team players, Campbell and Wynne would risk everything by giving in to the attraction that flares between them. In the boardroom and the courtroom, only one can win, but the price of victory could mean losing at love.