I am fully embracing this title because it is 100% TRUE! I am terrible at this blogging thing. I’m terrible at all things social media. Do I mean to be? Nope. Do I like engaging with readers on the internet? Absolutely! So let’s catch-up!
I’m sure those of you who read my books are wondering what the heck is taking me so long with getting Luke’s book completed. That’s been the most popular email I receive, and everyone gets the same reply, “I’m working on it, I swear.” And it’s true. I am working on it. But here’s the thing … writing is not my full time job. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again … I wish it was, but sadly it is not. My life goes Family & Friends > Home > Work > Writing. I have a husband, two kids (that are growing up way to fast), and two beloved pups that I soak up as much time as I can with because, cliché as it is, life is too short. Writing was a lot easier seven years ago when life wasn’t so busy. When I wrote WHEN THE HEART FALLS I banged that out in a month. A month! Granted, it’s not my finest work, but it opened the door for me … and I do love Dylan and Misty J My family grew after that and writing took the back seat. I love writing, I really do, but I love my family more so they will always win. But I’m drifting here, so let’s get back to Luke.
Luke’s book is currently around 30k words (I’m aiming for 80k-90k). This book has been extremely difficult for me because it’s Luke. He’s been dodging relationships for the past two books and, gosh darn it, he’s still dodging them. I swear I this is pretty much exactly how I’ve felt writing this book so far because I've been so focused on thinking about what readers may want instead of listening to my character's and letting them run the story …
I don’t like my stories feeling forced or rushed, and that’s how I’ve felt throughout the process of writing Luke’s book. This will be the third book in my MCKADES OF TEXAS series, and since Luke has made his appearances in the other two books I feel like readers have big expectations for his happily ever after. I honestly feel like he’s been a reader favorite, and as much as I love that (because he’s one of my favs too) it scares me to death because I feel this immense pressure to make his story so amazingly fantastic that I’m over analyzing every little detail instead of just writing the damn thing. But I am writing the damn thing. I just need to work on my time management and overcome this fear of disappointment. Not trying to be a downer here, just trying to keep it real. I will complete his story. It’s a good one (at least I think so) and I really hope that you all will enjoy it once I finally get it done.
I just want to say, thanks for sticking with me!
I’ll check in again soon!
I’ll check in again soon!