The truth is I never intended to write a cozy mystery. Honest! I had three contemporary romances published and figured I would stick with that genre. I loved writing romances. Loved reading them, too. But one day in a flurry of free-writing, trying to fill my creativity well when I’d hit a brick wall with a current romance project, a character developed along with a story that wasn’t a romance. Where in the world did that come from? And what should I do with it? The story flowed easily from my imagination as I played with it. No pressure, no deadline – just writing for fun. I had no plans for the project because it didn’t fit the market I was targeting. But the characters stuck in my mind, so one day I showed it to my critique group. They agreed it wasn’t a romance but told me it sounded like a fit for the cozy mystery genre. That’s all it took to jump start the Joyful Noise Mysteries.
If Wishes Were Horses My Barn Would Be Full
Happy New Year, y’all. Seems it’s that time of year again. You know, the time for making those lists of resolutions you are positive you will keep. Uh-huh, sure you will. Hey, I’m not saying your intentions aren’t good ones, but are they realistic? Did you keep all your resolutions from last year?
Know what? It’s taken me a long time, but I finally realized all the lists in the world won’t accomplish my resolutions for me. Nope! That’s up to me. Today on Facebook I read a post that opened my eyes to what I really need to help me stay on track. Instead of a list of resolutions on a piece of paper that’ll end up buried under a pile of unfiled folders and sticky notes full of research scribbles, what I need is a Finish It list. Thank you, Facebook Friend Danielle, for this awesome suggestion.
There’s nothing like waiting for a brand new book to be released to make me think about chasing dreams and facing fears. No matter if it’s the first book or fourth, I always worry whether or not readers will like it. Will they even buy it? Will it be received with kudos or thumbs down reviews? There are lots of reasons I’m fearful about writing, but one in particular has bird-dogged me since I sold my first book—the fear of aging too fast to finish all the books I want to write. I’d been chasing my dream for a mighty long time before it finally became a reality. Was I too old now to continue the chase?
Did y’all get an extra hour of sleep when we turned our clocks back Saturday night? Really? I guess my body didn’t get the memo, ‘cause I woke up same as always, only it was an hour earlier. Go figure. I tried staying in bed with my eyes shut, hoping I could sleep that extra hour, but no luck. I’m pretty sure I wrote an entire novel in my mind while I lay there. Couldn’t remember a word of it when I finally rolled out of bed, though. Gone. Pffft! What was probably my only chance for a NYT best-seller disappeared faster than dandelion fluff in a windstorm. Yep. Gone with the wind.
Being a Gemini Can Be Double Trouble
Since this is the first post on my Joyful Noise blog page and also the first one as Lora Lee on the Insecure Writers Support Group blog hop, I guess introductions are in order. I’m thrilled to be here today and look forward to seeing you here again.
As Lora Lee, I write a fun, warm cozy mystery series, Joyful Noise, for Bell Bridge Books. The first book, Bringing in the Thieves, is set in the world of choirs, glee clubs and the gentle shenanigans of a close-knit church community and is a mid-November release. Cover reveal coming soon.
As Loralee Lillibridge, my other, more romantic persona, I write contemporary romances set in the Texas Hill Country. My first one was Accidental Hero, a Special Edition for Harlequin, followed by All That Matters and Hill Country Man for Tell-Tale Publishers.
So how do I deal with two sides to my Gemini writing personality? Not easily, I assure you. There are days when I ask myself, “Why am I doing this?” The fact that I’m in my “Golden Years” adds yet another side to my identity as a writer – my writing speed is much slower than it used to be. My brain functions a little slower too. Jumping from writing romantic, deeply passionate love scenes to solving a whodunit filled with quirky characters requires a huge leap of faith and a giant stretch of imagination. Talk about a work-out!
Today I’ve been tagged by multi-published mystery writer Maris Soule, to participate in the September Sisters in Crime SinC-Up for bloggers (#SinCBlogHop). Sisters in Crime is an organization for writers of mystery, suspense, police procedurals, thrillers and all other types of whodunits. Interested in writing mysteries? Check out Sisters in Crime to find out more information on joining this worthwhile organization.