What’s Next?


Oh, and:


And don’t forget:


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.


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 đŸ˜‰ 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!




1 Comment

  1. Wow! Way to take us into the mind of a writer. We’re praying and pulling for you ashtyn and have the utmost confidence you will succeed — with honor. And way to go and keep us in suspense — who is it? Keep us posted and good luck at school as well. You’re amazing! Love, Papa and Grams

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