Hello, it’s me, and only me. I feel as if I have been running nothing but interviews lately. I love the interviews, and sharing the authors with you. However, I like to drop by with a bit of news now and then. Not that it is over exciting but it is good to share with friends.
Many years ago, I recall reading several of Mother’s books and they all flowed into family saga’s. My dream for Maggie’s Child, is to create my own saga. In the book I have several strong characters, all of whom have a story of their own to tell. This past month they have been hounding my brain with ideas, and I have had to silence them while writing, The Penny Portrait.
As much as it excites me to think the idea is growing, and the characters are moving me forward, the concern of whether it will weaken the story of Maggie, haunts me. Someone reminded me today that I must remember why I write my books, and I reflected upon those words this afternoon. I write for the love of creating characters who leave my readers satisfied. I write for me, to stop the overload of my brain. So, if the characters want out, then they will have to be let out and roam free.
Maggie’s Child was written as a ‘test’ of my ability to write a novel without too much suspense. At one point I didn’t think I had enough romance to pull the reader into the plot. How wrong I have been. The messages and verbal feedback has been eye-opening. They love the balance of independence in Maggie, and of her romantic side.
For those of you who have read the book, it is my intention to create three books to start:
- Stephen’s Story
- Nathaniel’s Story
- Duke’s Story
Their titles are not yet formed, nor are their plots but as I said, ideas are forming. I have notes. Writing time is limited so the projects are ambitious but I have plans to create the plots this summer.
If I forge ahead with the books, I will probably give up on the idea of medical romances. I struggle to keep them modern as I have said in the past, and maybe the time isn’t right for me to follow that path.
Apologies if I don’t get to your blogs every day, I try and read several a week, and have a good system set up now. Life is definitely different to the one I had in Cyprus but it is much better for my writing life.
I have been invited to a fabulous book launch in June, and am looking forward to meeting up with the author again. I will tell you more when she releases her information. Her marketing and drive are to be admired. Which reminds me, I must go and design my business cards. When in London, so many folk asked if I had one and produced some fantastic ones of their own. I had a notepad and pen to scribble down my information, I had no marketing backbone. Now, I am going to get one and forge forward into the crowd flinging them willy-nilly to whosoever wishes to slip one into their, ‘for reference’ folder – or bin.