Some life events are just hard to get over. Like, riding in a canoe for the first time with your husband who thinks faster is better and rapids are fun.
We are such opposites.
And yes, that stinkin’ canoe tipped. I ended up in that cold, Michigan river. For a minute. I say a minute because the current was moving fast, and was very cold, and I might have actually walked on water that time while trying to scramble up onto the shore.
You know, when we went into the little clapboard shack to rent our canoes, I noticed a t-shirt that had a figure of a man standing in water with a broken canoe over his head. I should have known then…you think?
So, how do some writers (like me) deal with such traumatic times in their lives? Well, they put it in a book.
And that’s how I came about the opening scene in my newest Madison Creek story: Season’s End.
Except, I had nowhere to go, like Haley, and I had to get back into that infernal death trap and finish the ride. And here’s the worst part, nobody would get me one of those shirts! I so thought I deserved one. My husband, however, was still a little put out that I’d left him to deal with the capsized canoe and retrieving our cooler and paddles.
Yeah, well…that was beside the point.
If you’d like to check out a sneak peek at Season’s End, and this truth-is-stranger-than-fiction scene, you can CLICK HERE. I had a good laugh writing it and think you’ll have one reading it.
Here’s something else… Season’s End is more than just another Madison Creek romance… it’s also my TWENTIETH book!
I know others have written more in shorter amounts of time, but for me, this is big! Writing twenty books is something I never dreamed that I would accomplish when I first started back in 2013. Ever since I nervously put up that first book, the Lord has led me through some interesting seasons in my writing career. I used to think I’d only write fantasy, but then I felt a nudging to try romance. And I’ve enjoyed this genre and the wonderful readers here so much. And as this year comes to an end, I’m feeling another nudge to try something new… and I’m excited about that, too. (More on that later.)
I guess that’s where the title for this latest book came from… changing times and changing seasons. Maybe that’s one of the reasons why we have seasons. It’s Gods way of telling us to hang in there through the bad weather times because it’ll change and you’ll experience something new before you know it. I’m grateful for that.
How about you? Do you embrace or shy away from change?
Do you have a season that’s your favorite?
I love, love, love, fall and spring the best. They are beautiful seasons that are both full of color and inspiration.
I’m having a little celebration next Tuesday, October 23 from 4-9pm (CST) over on Facebook. The theme is Celebrating Small Town America. I’ve invited a few of my sweet romance author friends to come and hang out. They’ll also be talking about their love for setting stories in these little, often forgotten, towns across our great states. You can join in the fun, discussion, games and prizes by CLICKING HERE.
I truly hope to see you there.