Sunday, May 9, 2010
Kiss Me Goodnight News
I finished Kiss Me Goodnight last night. FINALLY! Sixteen chapters, 77,047 words and two sub-plots.
Believe me, you'll never know how euphoric I am to finish! There were times when I thought that wasn't going to happen and I was going to disappoint all my Echo Falls and Applegate fans, all of MY fans.
I sold The Sweetheart Dance to The Wild Rose Press in June of 2008. It was released in February of 2009. I started Kiss Me Goodnight after I came home from the Romance Writers of America National Convention in July of 2008. In fact, according to my log, I started it on Anne's birthday, my first daughter - August 19th, 2008. She was 23.
Coincidentally, I finished it last night on Jamie's birthday, my second daughter -May 8, 2010. She is 23.
I wrote from August 2008 to October 2008 and then had to put it in the drawer while I pondered the chaos caused by the dissolution of my twenty-three-year marriage. It sat there from October 2008 to October 2009. The marriage problems I had given to Bill and Helen, the Applegate parents, and what I wanted Tom to learn from that - well, it was too close to my personal life and I couldn't keep working on it. So I put it in the drawer, at first for just a few months I thought, to get some perspective.
A few months became a year.
A chance conversation with my writing partner, Kelly McCrady, changed the marriage problem part of the plot and off I went again to try to get this manuscript completed. Deadline after self-imposed deadline kept getting blown - except when I did work on it, the words that were flowing out of me were so compelling and fabulous I had to just be satisfied with that slow pace. I was unhappily satisfied, I might note, but couldn't wrap my brain around a tougher schedule.
Caring full-time for my grandson (born in 2007), divorce legal issues and the death of my mother nearly derailed me at every turn.
You will never know how hard I fought throwing in the towel and how much pep-talking I had to do for myself just to keep plodding along. I hated how long it was taking me. I know I am capable of writing faster. Yet as I sit here finally finished, I realize that one lesson I've learn as a writer is that it takes as long as it takes. Writing doesn't take the place of living my life and I had some serious stuff going on.
So today I'm celebrating. Book 3 - Kiss Me Goodnight and Book 4 Canyon Hearts, written with Kelly McCrady, can be polished now and go to The Wild Rose Press. I hope they love them.
I hope YOU love them.
Thanks for your patience.
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