Last fall I hit the writing wall. On my way to the floor (thank you for always being there for me), I recognized the enthusiasm I felt for writing fiction had been snuffed out by other demands and the death of my brother. I spent a huge part of last year on re-releases and getting two new novels on the market. I welcomed those opportunities. Three different publishers, each with different requirements. Different demands when I was tapped out emotionally, physically.
Many people mistakenly think books sell by themselves and that once you sign a contract, things can coast. You’ve probably heard me say before that is the moment an author should feel like they just strapped themselves into the roller coaster car of your life. The hard work, though different, is just beginning.
What did I learn during these last months? The ebbs and tides of my life aren’t separate from my writing career. Writing isn’t my hobby. It’s woven into the fabric of my psyche. The events and emotion of 2014 will find their way into new work. I will be able to build characters with greater depth and vibrancy because my life is richer in ways many people might not characterize as rich.
I am thoroughly enjoying the success of Boston Boyfriends, which was released in December. Gay romance readers have been so generous to me. Gay romance is and always has been my best-selling genre. Thank you. Boston Boyfriend’s success has perked up the sales of my other gay romances and my entire back list.
The past four months I haven’t written any new work. I’m ready to pick up again with One Night in Minneapolis – a short story promised to Tirgearr Publishing. They have The Poet’s Wife and Deep Enough to Bleed – two extraordinary books that readers who thirst for unique, powerful stories will appreciate. This work is almost half complete and I’m eager to have it join their City Nights series.
Following that, I will write the third book in the Razor trilogy – Love’s Reflection. I severed my writing partnership with K.B. Cutter last spring because of our complicated work schedules but I have his blessing to write this story alone. It’s been on my mind for almost two years. It’s time to share how Amy, Bryce and Raine’s story ends. It’s complex and a bit intimidating to take on alone. However, K.B. and I laid out the storyline a year ago and I can use him as an editorial consultant if needed.
Bottom line – my self-imposed hiatus is over. Like all the other dark times in a person’s life, there comes a time when you thirst for the familiar and find joy again in that which provided so much happiness in the past.
Thank you for being a friend and a fan. I hope you’ll make time to visit my author page and choose a book. I wrote them for you. It might sound crazy but I write with readers in mind. We want to make you happy you spent the money and time on my work. Many are on sale right. All I ask is that you never download a book on a torrent site. If you see my books for sale on legitimate retailers there is never a reason to think I’m giving them away somewhere. It’s theft. One theft leads to thousands more and thousands in dollars I’ll never get paid. Please do the honorable thing and buy them or try to win them.
Thanks for spending time with me today. I hope 2015 is starting out wonderfully for you and I look forward to sharing new works with you soon.