I greet every new year with the same mixture of emotions.
It's sad because the holidays are over. I've spent the past week and a half with my husband and my boys. It's going to be sad to see them all trundle back to school/work tomorrow. And January is full of a lot of nothing. No festive holidays. I can't even think of fun ways to decorate my house and there are no reasons to eat delicious food. Well, no predetermined reasons to eat yummy food. For my part, I don't really need a reason. I *heart* food.
But though it's sad, I'm excited too. This month, with its expanse of nothing, is the perfect time to finish a WIP. I'd like to even write two books before the summer. I'm planning to get back into our routine and write my face off. That alone is exciting and I haven't been this enthused about my stories in a long time.
Also, I have a good feeling about this year. Last year was full of amazing career experiences. The Golden Heart and all the bells and whistles that came with it. The wonderful women I met and the Cinderella whirl of Nationals. I ended it by signing with my wonderful agent.
It'll be hard to top all that but, like I said, I feel good. Hopeful and exciting.
I hope that all of you are feeling equally energized and fierce at the beginning of this new year. Wishing you all the best!!
I am incredibly excited to be working with Helen. The first time we talked, I felt as if she really 'got' my writing and my voice. I am certain that my work is in very capable hands. She has many years of experience and already I can tell that her guidance in my career will be invaluable.
It's been a surreal couple of weeks and I had much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. So, all the virtual champagne and confetti and chocolate for everyone!
A special thank you to everyone who has been there for me these past years as I've continued on this wonderful journey. There are so many amazing people who've supported me, it's truly humbling and my heart is full. I'm the luckiest of ladies.
In less than a week, I fly to San Antonio to attend my first RWA National conference.
I can't even explain how excited I am.
It's funny, because going as a Golden Heart finalist is the fulfillment of a dream. But, the biggest surprise--the nicest one--to come out of the past few months is how much I've come to adore my GH sister class. I've met some of the coolest, smartest, most talented ladies and being among them is the best gift of this experience. They are truly inspiring and I'm so happy to know them.
As I've watched, some of them have gotten agents and signed deals. Some of them have gone out on submission. Some of them have decided to self-publish or started along their journey. Some are submitting to agents and editors. I'm so incredibly proud of all of them and have come to root for their successes as if I've known them for years instead of only a few short months.
So, as we creep up on our Nationals experience, I want to take this moment to shout out to my Golden Heart girls. You guys are awesome. I can't wait to spend next week with you, cheering you all on. I couldn't have asked for a nicer bunch of ladies to share this experience with.
I have a special treat for you today! I'm part of my dear friend Amy Patrick's cover reveal!
So without further adieu! Here's the cover for Amy's up and coming release, Channel 20Something!
I think it's so beautiful and I can't wait to read it!
Here's some more information about the book and its talented author!
BOOK & AUTHOR INFO:
Channel 20Something by Amy Patrick (20Something, #1) Publication date: August 12th 2014 Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
22-year-old Heidi Haynes is almost one year into her “real life”. She has her first reporting job and her first apartment, but she’s yet to experience first love. Yes, she’s in a comfortable relationship with her college sweetheart, and according to her friends and family, he’s perfect for her. But for some reason she’s not as eager to talk about walking down the aisle as he is.
And while Heidi’s doing what she wants to do, she’s not where she wants to be. She longs for big cities, big-market breaking news, and real independence from her way-too-close-by helicopter parents. Problem is, the last time she left the security of home for new places and new people, things didn’t go so well. Disastrously, in fact, and she came running back to a local college and a “safe” boyfriend.
Well-traveled Californian Aric Serrano plans to stay in small-market-Southern-Hell just long enough to grab a cup of coffee and put together a kick-ass “escape tape”. He’ll serve his one-year contract, then he’s taking off for a higher rung on the TV sports ladder—alone—the way he likes it. But when he walks into the newsroom and meets Heidi, he may have finally found something and someone worth committing to.
Heidi would be so much more comfortable if she could avoid her new co-worker—he’s just her type—the type she’s so careful to avoid. But that becomes impossible when she and Aric are forced to work together on the weekend news. Now there’s no denying the attraction between them, and she’ll have to decide between settling for the “good enough” life she already has or taking the risk of going for what she dreams of, an exciting career and a real love.
Amy is a two-time Golden Heart finalist (2013 and 2014). She lives in Rhode Island with her husband and two sons and actually craves the heat and humidity of Mississippi, where she grew up. She's been a professional singer and news anchor and currently narrates audio books as well as working as a station host for a Boston TV station.
Right now, I’m
working on a YA speculative story. I’m not ready to give much more than that
about it yet, but I’m really enjoying writing it. I’m also planning out the
story set right after my historical AFTER THE SCANDAL. I’ll write that next, I
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
ALTERED, my Golden Heart finalist, is different because it’s a YA
from 3rd person POV. Also, it’s science fiction instead of straight
paranormal or fantasy. It’s set in our
world instead of an alternate one, even though it stretches the boundaries of
reality a little bit.
My historical are
edgier than most of the fare out there. I’ve never written a ballroom scene.
Most of my action takes place in sketchy places and the stories are full of
Why do I write what I do?
I write suspense
because I love action and drama. I’m enjoying writing for younger folks because
I think so much happens and changes in those years. As to historicals, I love
the kinds of conflicts in the 19th century, the time period I write. That time was lush with social conflict and social conflict is a lot of fun to delve into.
How does your writing process work?
I usually spend
about a month or so getting my thoughts around a story. Plot, GMC/character stuff, etc. I plan out a
storyboard. Then it usually takes me 2-3 months to write a rough draft. After
that, a month or more to revise. Longer sometimes, depending on the story. If real life interferes, well, these times become very fluid. As to times during the day when I write? Well, I have two little boys. I'm not really sure where I find time to write. :)
stopping by! I’m going to tag two of my 2014
Golden Heart® sisters, Carrie Padgett and Lenora Bell!
Carrie Padgett lives with her husband, a dog, and a cat in
the flattest middle part of California. The up side is she's only a couple of
hours from both beaches and mountains. She writes sweet contemporary stories
set in Yosemite's front yard. She is a 2014 Golden Heart® finalist in the Inspirational Romance category. Her blog can be found here: http://livevicarrieous.com/
Lenora Bell is Golden Heart® Finalist in the Historical Romance category. Her blog can be found here: http://lenorabell.blogspot.com/ Make sure to visit them both next Monday, June 23!
I fly to San Antonio for RWA Nationals in six weeks!
This is pretty much me right now.
Our 2014 Golden Heart yahoo loop has been full of dresses and pin talk and name talk and a few awesome call stories. We've decided to call ourselves the Dreamweavers and we're finalizing out pin design now. The more I learn about these amazing women, the more excited I am to meet them.
I have a dress I can wear for the ceremony but I've debated borrowing a different one from a friend. I'll make my final decision closer to the date. I like to have wardrobe options, you see. Don't we all?
But, most important, I'm finishing a new story and I'll be preparing to pitch it at Nationals along with my GH finaling manuscript.
These past couple of months have been a whirlwind of excitement. Being a finalist in this contest has been an amazing ride. There have been a lot of cool things going on and to keep myself grounded, I've been writing something new. I'm really excited about it and when I have more information, I'll post it here. Or rather, on my books tab above.
In the meantime, the summer is beginning. I have two little boys and I'm looking forward to the weeks ahead full of sunshine and fun with them.
What are your plans for the summer, readers? Are you going to Nationals? If so, leave me a note so we can meet up!