I’m about to do something I swore I’d never do…

I used to write multiple books at once. The problem was I would never actually finish any of the books. After a slew of half finished novels, I swore I would never write more than one book at a time again.

Inspiration has struck though, and struck hard. I’ve been going back and forth over whether I should attempt to write two books at once. This is the conclusion I’ve come to…

I used to be a pantser. I never plotted anything and would write myself into a corner I couldn’t get out of. Since then, I’ve begun to plot everything. I suspect my inability to finish books was due to not plotting. I need to know where my plot is going and how conflicts are going to be resolved at all times.

So keep your fingers crossed for me. I’m going to jump back in the deep end and try to write two books at once.

How to tell…

I kept quiet for a long time about my ambition to become a published author. The only people who knew about my goal were my husband, my mom and two friends, Lori and Julie. What if I didn’t accomplish my goal? What if no one ever like my books enough to publish them?

When my first book Be With Us, was accepted by SirenBookstrand, I was over the moon but now I had a new problem. How did I tell everyone in my life that I wrote erotic fiction? How could I look my father in the eye and say the word “menage”? How could I look my in-laws in the face and casually mention that I wrote dirty books?

I finally just spit it out. I left it at “adult fiction” with my dad, although I’m pretty sure he could tell by my flaming face exactly what was so “adult” about the fiction. He’s very proud of me but I don’t think he’ll ever be ready to read anything his precious baby girl has written.

I brought up the subject with my in-laws not long after. I figured that if I could tell my father, I could tell anyone. When it came time to tell them what subject I’d written about, I told them that anyone who read my book would think my husband to be a very happy man.

Regardless of the subject, everyone has been so supportive of my achievement and my family has been my greatest cheerleaders. I’m not sure why I was ever reluctant to tell them.

But I still don’t want to know when my family reads my books. Let’s leave me with some illusions, shall we?

Working on a new/old book

If getting rejected by publisher after publisher taught me one thing, it’s listen to their feedback.

I had written an erotic historical romance a couple of years ago, and it is my first completed novel. Of course, it’s not the one that’s being published first…I digress. I have sent it to numerous e-publishers with no luck. EXCEPT…

I was lucky enough that the last publisher I sent it to told me exactly why they hadn’t signed my book. Not only that, they told me what needed to be fixed.

So off I am again, with my first novel, ready to give it another go. Hopefully, some time in the future, my first book will get published and it will be better because of those rejections!

Now the work really starts

I always thought that writing the book was the hard part. It turns out I was wrong. Thankfully, I have a wonderful publisher and editor who are determined to make my book shine. There is also a wonderful network of Siren Bookstrand authors who are willing to share all their pearls of wisdome with me.

It also helps that my husband is willing to do the dishes and laundry to help free up my time, (although to give him credit, he’s always done the dishes).