What Does an Author Consider When Writing?

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I’m really into writing my (still untitled) next work and I’m learning all sorts of things about myself in the process. They say the writing process is sometimes just as exciting as the end product and I have to say: I agree. In a matter of weeks, I’ve changed gears several times on this new work. I know the premise, I even have a good portion of it already written…but something kept bothering me.

I wasn’t being true to who I am as a writer.

I noticed that comments and reviews from my first work got into my subconscious and I was attempting to please everyone and play by the rules: but I’m not really a rule player.

There was one review on Goodreads about MISSING that said “I really liked the imperfection of the characters.” That one sentence really struck me because I love characters that are complex, flawed, and imperfect.

In my new work (which will have mystery and thriller elements), I was attempting to write a very romantic couple with no bumps in their relationship; all was right with the world, perfection.

It was boring me.

I’ve been in my own relationship for over ten years and I know that no relationship is perfect. All marriages take work. Careers and other things get in the way and that ‘new love’ feeling changes. I see nothing wrong with exploring that aspect in writing as well. I did it in MISSING (and of course that bothered some readers) while others loved it. I need to continue to be the writer that I enjoy being. I’m going to sometimes write F’d up people who are trying to do right in the world and may not always be perfect.

I find that to be much more exciting to write.

And now I’m back to change my protagonist again. While I’m excited to finally see this entire story come together (and it may actually grow into a series the way it is going), I’m just excited to be discovering things about myself during the process.

Thankful I have some awesome people in my life that help point these things out to me.

We’ll Have a Gay ‘Ol Time

Men on VDayIt’s Valentine’s week. That time each year when people say how much they love someone…through big ways and small. It doesn’t matter if you’re straight or gay: love is love. So to everyone, I wish you a wonderfully romantic week ahead.

If there is one thing I’ve learned since Missing came out – romance is so different to different people. We don’t all agree on what we consider romantic. My husband and I may think traveling to Europe to sail down a river may fit our bill while others think curling up on the sofa with popcorn and a good movie is more their speed. The same is true of romance in books. There have been many readers that do not see Missing as a romantic novel. They see mystery, suspense and a road to recovery. But others see the long love of two married men. The memory of romance from a life together. And a look at romance in non-conventional terms.

What do I love?

That people can read one book and see it in such different ways. I freakin’ love that! Thanks for all the readers out there – both romantic and non that have read and enjoyed the book. In about three months, a new story will be coming out that is full of romance in a time-travel setting!

Enjoy your V-Day, all!