What happened to the novellas?
January 20, 2020
I am so excited that everyone is loving Hate to Love You. If you are one of my regular readers, you know that I made some changes to my writing in the last year. I wanted to let you all know what has been going on with me.
Here’s the thing about me. I used to be able to sit down and just write. It was an easy thing for me. 5K days were the norm and I didn’t have a problem writing novellas or short novels. In fact, I thrived on them. My reader base loved them because they could get one every 4-8 weeks. Then…my boob tried to kill me.
I try not to hold it against my boob, but seriously, it changed so much in my life. Some of it was good like I learned not to take the people I truly love for granted. I also learned who my true friends were and while it was painful to let some people go, it was better for me emotionally.
But it brought about some other things I hate. I tend to get anxious, more than I used to. I’ve always been kind of impatient when it came to things, but now crowds can make me lose my shit. I mean, I hate them and my skin starts to crawl. And then there is my chemo brain. Everyone pretty much gets it, but it makes things fuzzy. And I thought that after I was done with it, I was done. That my brain would go back to normal. Sure, I understood I had to take a few months to get my head back on track, but I thought it would be easy.
I was so freaking wrong.
My brain just would not do those 5K days. Hell, there were some days I was lucky to hit 1K. I did all kinds of exercises, pushed myself to sit there until I got my word count goal, usually 2K. Nothing I did seem to help and when I sat down to write, I found it harder and harder to concentrate. Worse, I started to wonder if I would be able to keep writing. My creativity was stymied and while I am proud of the books I released over the year after finishing chemo in April of 2018, each book was a struggle.
Then, while on the drive back from a reader convention, Joy Harris, my PA and the Joy of Joyfully Reviewed, and I started brainstorming a new idea. I wanted to do something different and fun. I was ready to focus on romantic comedies again. It is how I first made my name years ago and I believe it is always my best writing. So, that’s the moment when Camos and Cupcakes was born.
I knew they would be different in one way big way: they would be alternating first person POV. I’ve written third person POV for my entire career, so the challenge excited me. And, another thing I found out: I could write more words per day. Whether it was just my word count for the day, or the length of the book Delicious stayed at the 35K planned word count, but when I started writing Lucious, it just took off. And I knew then some kind of switch had been flipped.
I found it easier to just dig into their personalities and damn, I love making people laugh. I feel lighter while I am writing the books. Don’t get me wrong. It is still hard, but I love writing the books. LOOOOOOOOOVE it. I have always written romance but these books make me sigh at the sheer happiness that I can share wit my readers.
The fourth book in the world just came out (Hate to Love You) and I have Love to Hate You already started. The plots are easier to build. I know there are people who want to know when there will be other books in some of my most popular series. I can’t give anyone dates right now, and I apologize to those of you who are waiting. I do understand that you might be irritated. The truth is, though, that if I force myself to write them at this time, they will not be that good. Or at least, they would not be my best work. I have always worked to give my readers the best book.
Moving forward, I have five more books planned this year, including my first Christmas book in 7 years! I am excited about these stories and I hope that these bring my readers joy:)