I’m sure there are some authors who get their books done well ahead of time. Everything goes smoothly, and they can sit back and sigh with satisfaction as they email in a successfully-completed project well ahead of deadline.
And then there are the rest of us.
I finished a book today, and there was a lot of good, bad, and ugly.
Let’s start with ugly:
- Yes, that was me running out to the mailbox in my pajamas at noon.
- No, I had not showered, nor had I brushed my hair.
- And since I don’t want to post that bad of a selfie, I’ll show you my poor dog. He hasn’t been groomed in weeks and it shows. On the plus side, though, he made it into my novel!
Next, the bad:
- When my teenage daughter asked for yet another time-consuming favor, I did not respond in a way that reflects well on me as a mother.
- Having a book deadline coincide with tax deadlines and boyfriend issues is a bad idea.
- Please do not alert the health department about the state of my kitchen.
And finally, the good:
- I probably revised this particular book more times than any book in recent memory, possibly excepting A BOND FULFILLED, which was also a bear to write. But books like this are sort of like your most troublesome children; the challenges just make you love them more. Since I’d added and subtracted so many scenes, reading the final manuscript one last time was a bit like reading someone else’s book. I surprised myself by being thrilled with how A SOLDIER’S SECOND CHANCE turned out!
The book I finished today, #4 in my Rescue River series from Love Inspired, will be out early in2017. That’s a long time! To whet your appetite, I’m giving away a signed set of the first two books in the Rescue River series to a random commenter who answers this question before April 15: What’s the last line of the last romance novel you read, and do you like it?