What’s Next?

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That is what’s been going through my head every time I think of writing lately. Translation: I freak out a little. I procrastinate. Then I realize I have two months to complete a manuscript that has been evading me.  Then I pull up my sleeves and get writing. Then I remember I only have TWO MORE MONTHS, yet still I procrastinate because of writer’s block. Then I freak out again. And the cycle repeats.

This is the first time I’ve written a novel with a deadline. My other two books I had written and sent to my publisher after I had polished them and taken all the time I needed. I took a deep breath of satisfaction (and nervousness) and hit send. But this time my publisher put their trust in me to create something good before knowing for sure if it will be good. The pressure is squishing my creativity, the countdown is numbing my fingers, and the fear of disappointing readers and my publisher is getting inside my head. But the contract is signed, so I have to do it.

“This is how you do it: You sit down at the keyboard and you put one word in front of the other until it’s done. It’s that easy. And that hard.” -Neil Gaiman

Has anyone here completed NaNoWriMo? September is about to become my early NaNoWriMo. I have to write the rest of my book that quickly to finish with enough time to revise before November 1st. 50,000 more words.

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Aaaannnyway, you may be wondering what this book is all about. I can tell you right now that I LOVE it. I know–the above rant may suggest otherwise, but I really do love it. Just because something pushes you to your wit’s end doesn’t mean you don’t love it.

There aren’t many details to share yet. The title is still up in the air and the cover is in progress. It will be another Regency, this time full of adventure, runaways, danger, romance, and a touch of mystery–the biggest mystery being whether or not I will finish on time 😉 Like my latest Lies & Letters, the main character of this story has appeared on the sidelines in one of my other books. Any guesses who it is? I have loved getting to know this character more.

This new book will come out April 2018.

That’s all for now, but I will share more details as release comes closer. Wish me luck!

 

 

 

What’s In a Title?

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet.”

Wasn’t Shakespeare so wise? I love this quote, but when it comes to naming a book, it isn’t quite so simple. Throughout the process of writing my book, the document I typed it in was titled ‘Story’. I was sure that as the story progressed something magical would happen and the perfect title would just pop into my head. But by the time I reached the end, I still had no idea what to call my story. I wrote a list of potential names and asked my friends and family for their opinions, but none of them seemed quite right. After a while, I settled on the title, ‘Climbing Trees’, and that’s the one I used when submitting for publication. In the story there is a fun tree incident that ties my main characters together, and I used a theme along the lines of ‘the higher the climb the harder the fall’. It seemed right at the time.

When my editor suggested a few months ago that I reconsider the title, I went into panic mode. I had thought the stress of coming up with a title was over. Climbing Trees didn’t capture the essence of the story, and I knew it, so it was back to the drawing board. 

After brainstorming with my friend Katelynn for hours, we still had nothing. At the last minute, I threw out ‘Mischief and Manners.’ The next day I suggested it to my editor, and she loved it. My mom suggested changing the spelling to ‘Manors’ rather than ‘Manners’, and the rest is history. 🙂Untitled design

Kellaway Manor is the beautiful house that most of the story takes place at, and every single character has a bit of ripe mischief up their sleeve. Two mischievous little boys, a meddlesome grandmother, a flirtatious gentleman, and a trespassing stranger complete the circle.
The title seems perfect now, and I am so grateful for all the help I had with deciding on one…finally.