Sunday, January 13, 2019

That age-old conflict

Well, it seems age-old to me.

It's the conflict between business and creativity. I really need to focus on the business aspect of writing: publishing. Yes, I have a publisher that I love (The Wild Rose Press) and they manage most of my books.

But I have 5 orphan books that have come back to me from publishers who folded. So I need to figure out what to do with those.

And there's the series coming up: The Endless American Dream. It's not a good fit with Wild Rose. That means I'll need to pitch it to a publisher or self-publish.

Then there's publicity: I don't do squat for marketing and I really should.

Business takes energy that I want to use for writing. This is a familiar complaint to anyone who is creative. I'm not rich enough to pay someone to do my business for me, so I need to do it. But I'm not doing it. I'm writing, which is what I love to do.

If you have an answer to this quandary, I would love to hear it (as would a bunch of other authors). Until I have an answer, I've decided that I'm going to focus on writing for the first half of the year. The second half, I'll focus on business. I'll try to set aside two days a month in the creative half for business, and two days a month in the business half for creativity.

That's the plan, anyway. Let's see if I can make it work!

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Welcome to 2019!

What will be in store for me this year?

Let's see: I started a new job (part-time) and I'm enjoying that so far. It keeps me just busy enough.

I'll be writing the last book in the original Endless American Dream Series. I have plans to write another one that is a follow-on to the originals, but the initial 9-book series should be done this year (except for major edits, I'm sure!)

I'll write one or two more mysteries this year. I have at least one releasing this year, and maybe two.

My health appears to be fine and no major worries there (fingers crossed!)

Based on all that, it looks like smooth sailing ahead -- stay tuned and I'll let you know if I'm right!

Friday, December 14, 2018

All the news that fits!

Check my news link for my latest newsletter, in which I talk about being un-retired. I also talk about my plans for 2019. Never let it be said that I don't have goals -- I wonder if I'll hit my goals for 2019?

Stay tuned and find out!

Thursday, December 6, 2018

My last anniversary post for this year

This was one of the tougher books I wrote because of the subject matter. The heroine was kidnapped, but she escaped her tormenter. She's a wounded soul, though, and this book chronicles what she went through when she came back from that experience. She's the only victim to ever escape this predator, and she's used as bait to catch him.

When he takes the bait, she has a chance to get her revenge. I think the tagline says it all: Can you imagine how good revenge feels if no one will hold you accountable?

This is also my favorite cover of all time (seriously). I really think it captured the feeling of the story.

This is the last anniversary post for this year. It's been fun to go back and look at all the books I've written. I'll have two more coming out next year and (hopefully) many more after that. I have a few books that I need to re-edit and re-publish, so I'll be working on those in between writing all the new ones.

Fingers, don't fail me now ....

Sunday, October 21, 2018

The game's afoot!

This is the anniversary of another book -- Dogged came about for a couple of reasons: 1 - I wanted a Sherlock Holmes story, but not having Holmes as the main character. The more I read about him, I thought Conan Doyle was far more interesting. 2 -- I wanted a story about an animal sanctuary. There are volunteers out there who do so much for wildlife and they are unsung heroes, as far as I'm concerned.

I combined my two interests and Dogged came into being. It's about a woman who is working with others to set up a sanctuary on land that's been donated. But the person donating the land is murdered and then one of his heirs is murdered and before you know it, there's a mystery afoot!

Remember: not all predators are the four-legged variety ...

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

New book alert!

My Robin Hood book is out today!

This is the story of Tucker Frye, a transplanted Southerner who owns a pub with Alan Dale. John Smalley makes an appearance, Guy Gibson is one of the bad guys (or is he?), Marian runs the newspaper, and Richard owns an agribusiness egg factory. Tucker's nephew has gone undercover at the chicken farm to expose the inhumane conditions, and when he turns up dead, Tucker gets involved.

Oh, and did I mention Rob Huntington is in the book, too?

The whole crew you remember from your childhood stories and TV shows are there, but with a bit of twist ... here's the question:

What if Robin really was a hood?