Wednesday, June 27, 2007


Here's some industry news for you. Enspiren Press, with whose principals m I've had some contact with for many years, is about to publish its first releases. As follows:

Tangled Hearts by Rosemary Morris
A historical romance set in Queen Anne era.

Duking Days by Anita Davison
A historical mainstream set in the Stuart Reign.

Eliza's Hope by Vicki Gaia
Historical romance set in New York 1912

Jacqui's Dilemma by Joanna Hunt
Contemporary romance novella set in Australia

The Corpse Whisperer by Chris Redding

Welcome to this new and exciting venture in small press fiction!

My own release for ByGrace happened this past week. BRIDES AND BOUQUETS 2007 contains my novella "Something Borrowed."

And amidst all this, my medieval time travel romance is perking right along. Thanks for asking.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

The Plan and the Challenge

Good interchange of ideas this week with my dear crit partner. Now this woman is one Horking Fine Writer, but that said--we write differently.

She outlines, plans, plots, and generally knows where she's headed with a story before she types "Chapter 1."

I, on the other hand, get the germ of an idea and charge off into Literary Glory with my pants around my ankles.

Both approaches are good. Both are right. Both lead to their own unique speed bumps and detours.

A case in point: my "Huh?" romance (thus named because it's a Christian medieval time-travel romance) is going along swimmingly, but that's not because I planned it to. It's because it is. Years ago I wrote this story and now I'm writing it a second time (from scratch) with a very different briefcase of skills to write it with (and yes, I know I ended with a preposition). It's probably the easiest thing I've ever written; it's virtually writing itself.

Why? Because it's a Horking Good Story, that's why--oh, never mind. Perhaps it's going well because I'm using the previously written version as an OUTLINE? Because I actually PLANNED something (though I thought it was a manuscript, not an outline, at the time)?

Don't get too worked up about this. I am a Seat of the Pants writer (SOTP in the jargon) and unrepentant. And since I don't have a print copy of that earlier version, the "outline" is all in my head.

But it's nice to know where a story's going, for once.

In other news...look for a book-release entry later this week.