I used to be a one book woman. Nothing could ever drag my attention away from my current work in progress. The hero and the potential plot, I write with vague ideas so the plot is as much a mystery to me as it is to you, consumed my every waking minute.
I have met writers who have a dozen things on the go at once and could never understand how they did it, I’m looking at you Sofia Grey. My heroes don’t share. They demand my full attention. Some of them even refuse to vacate my head at the end of the book and whine that they want another one.
Writing one book at a time was clean, crisp and organised. Write the book, edit the book, submit the book, start the next one. A winning formula. If you write a dozen at once you are in danger of shuffling deck chairs on the Titanic. The characters blend. The plot ideas get lost. And nothing gets finished as you poke and prod at each without making any tangible process . . . or so I thought.
So, why then when I look at my study whiteboard do I see the following list?
Innocence Comes to Call
Yes, ladies, and gentleman that may sneak in, six…not one, not two, not three, not four, not five, but six, bloody six works in progress at one time. What the fuck was I thinking?
To be fair two of them I am co-authoring. I write my bit and pass the baby back to my writing partner and hope to God they take their time writing their section so I can do something on my other projects.
I have had to prioritise what I am working on. One is on hold while I wait to see if anyone will pick up the first book in the series. Two others are on hold until I get finished with everything else so that leaves three. Two I’ve already covered as being co-authored and the third? The third is Innocence Comes to Call. For those who enjoyed my Reigning Men Series you might like this one. It’s a spin off. Stripper Chad is the hero, Male Review the venue, and comic relief is provided by Patrick Monaghan, younger brother to Michael. And yes Michael gets a small part.
Shut up, Michael. I never said your part was small… no one who has seen you strip would ever say that!
So, fingers crossed I get time to write some more so that I can get it finished and then I can reduce the number of heroes in my head. It’s getting very crowded in there.