Hellooooooooooooo out there in blogger land. 🙂 I have not fallen off the proverbial cliff, much as it may have seemed like it. So much has happened in the last little while I can scarcely think where to begin.I think the last time I posted, I was writing Highlander Bewitched, which is the novella for Gwen and Calum from Bound to the Highlander. Well, that’s done and with my publisher right now being edited. So glad it’s out! I really struggled with that story in the sense of how far to veer from BTTH and how much to include.
Gwen is a pagan wise woman and so I wanted to ensure any energy channeling she did for purposes of protecting those she loves was portrayed accurately. So I consulted a local woman who practices Wicca. The experience was very enlightening and I hope adds an authentic layer to the story. Having said that, Highlander Bewitched was the toughest one I’ve written yet by far. But it’s out–WOOT!!!The biggest thing I’ve accomplished in the last few weeks is self publishing Sprit Stones which was originally published in the Highland Winds collection with my Guardian sisters last fall. The entire exprience has been so exciting and I love that I now have two options for publishing future novels. I see great benefits in both.
Having a publisher is great for me becasue it means someone else decides when my work is going out there. I have never been very good with this and it’s the reason it took me five years to publish Bound. I am not sure I would have ever let it go if it had been up to me. Luckily, I have a great relationship with Tirgearr and have learned so much by working with them.
But, like many authors, I sometimes want more control–yes I see the contradiction. And so going through the process of formatting and uploading my own novel, I have a greater appreciation for the work my publisher puts into my novels, and I also get the option to write something and put it out there when I’m ready versus a set queue.
So now I’m a hybrid author feeling very empowered. 🙂
AND, the news does not stop there. I am writing a new story with a friend of mine and bouncing about this one. One Knight Standing is the story of Will and Catharine. He’s a Templar and she’s a St. Clair whose family owns Rosslyn Chapel. So here’s the great part, my friend, Ian, is learning the mechanics of novel writing, and I am benefiting from his vivid imagination and vision of his characters. I think there will be more books besides One Knight Standing in this series. Each character that emerges is so intriguing and I am finding it difficult to concentrate on anything else besides the possibilities of where these characters are taking us.
How freaking exciting is that?
I will post some snippets and a little about the historical inspiration for One Knight Standing in the coming weeks. I really hope you like it. 🙂