We all have deadlines right, you know, those times when your blood pressure shoots through the roof? Kimberly gives us some insight on how to balance deadlines . . . sort of. Every week 5 randomly chosen commenters win a FREE book – winners announced on Sunday – good luck!
Writers have lives, too. I know you know that. As much as we live inside our own heads, talking to people who don’t exist, we have all the same real-life things going on as everyone else. Kids have to be fed and ferried about, husbands need attention, friends need our support. As much as I love what I do, the real people in my life have to come first, just like every other woman who juggles a job and family.
The only difference is that when I hear the crash followed by “Mom!” I’m usually in the middle of a crucial, emotional scene. My kid also has the impeccable timing of bleeding or upchucking just as the hero and heroine are getting very, um, close. It’s a little jarring.
And just like all working women, the bad family stuff seems to happen at the worst possible work time, so that the stress is extra stressful.
Case in point, as I was getting uncomfortably close to deadline on Redemption of a Hollywood Starlet, my husband had a bit of a health scare. There seemed to be an endless number of trips to emergency rooms and various doctors and dozens of scary-sounding tests to be run. He wasn’t allowed to drive during this, so I was the taxi service for both him and the child as we tried to juggle everyone’s schedule and get through.
And the deadline still loomed. Now, my editor is a lovely person, and I’m sure she would have understood if I’d emailed her with the news my life was a disaster and that I needed an extension to get the book finished. But, because I think I’m SuperWoman sometimes, I decided I could get it done on time. I took a laptop to doctors’ offices and wrote in waiting rooms. Once, in the middle of writing a particularly emotional scene, I ended up in tears: the stress of my life just broke as I wrote, making the whole thing a very cathartic experience for me as I poured it into the book. It’s a heck of a scene, but think I scared the receptionist.
I think we all have books that hold a special place in our hearts because they got us through a tough time in our lives. Romances seem to be particularly good at that, because not only do we get to escape into another world, there’s that guaranteed happily-ever-after to lift your spirits and make you believe it’s all going to be okay. I’ve certainly had that experience reading a book, but I’d never had it writing one before.
So Finn and Cait’s story will always be special to me because it got me though that tough time. I even made the deadline with whole minutes to spare. ~grin~ And Finn and Cait aren’t the only ones with a happily-ever-after: my hubby is fine.
Question for discussion – Which books hold a place in your heart and on your keeper shelf because they got you through a bad place?
Redemption of a Hollywood Starlet is the last book in the Marshall brothers’ trilogy.
A rich, powerful family that mixes business, politics… and pleasure.
If the US had a royal family —this would be it!
The tabloids just couldn’t get enough of A-List couple hotshot Producer Finn Marshall and Hollywood wild-child Caitlyn Reese. Then Caitlyn fled the glaring lights of Tinseltown, leaving an indelible mark on the Walk of Fame – and an empty seat on the back of his motorbike.
Now Cait is back! She’s still got the X-factor, and Finn is struggling to banish his X-rated thoughts! Because one thing is for sure…he isn’t just interested in a quick Hollywood retake…To interest him, it’ll have to be a full-budget epic remake…