Oct 012014


Being a Gemini Can Be Double Trouble

geminiSince 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!

Quiet time is almost mandatory while I’m writing. I gave up trying to multi-task after I retired. Instead of fighting the frustration of Life’s everyday interference and getting nowhere, I’ve learned to use the early hours before the rest of the world wakes up and the two hours after everyone goes to bed for writing time. If a bonus quiet hour shows up unexpectedly in the afternoon, I’m on it like a duck on a June bug. Rolling with the punches is the way I roll. Less bruises that way.

I’ve also learned to be flexible and not sweat the small stuff. I’ve lived long enough to know my limitations and not compare myself to a younger, more energetic writer. I’ve faced some scary health issues in my family and had to adjust to a different lifestyle but I never considered giving up writing. Do I get frustrated? You betcha! But the support of my family and some awesome fellow writers keeps me on the right track.

Don’t be discouraged if you have days when you’re positive your writing is the worst stuff on the planet and your book is a colossal failure. Every writer shares that experience with you. I question every book I write. Am I  good enough? Why would anyone want to read what I write? But my self-doubt doesn’t stop the stories from crowding my brain. Does XYZ write faster than me and make more money than I will ever see? Yes, but that doesn’t change the fact that I’m still a writer. And you are a writer, too.

Check out the other blogs on the IWSG hop and meet authors who share the same hopes and dreams as you. Gain inspiration from their experiences. Then sit yourself down in front of your computer or grab your lap top and curl up in that comfy recliner. Open your mind, let the story possibilities fire up your imagination and … Let it go! Let it go!


  • I’m horrible about comparing myself. I have to keep that in mind… we all come into greatness in our own times!

    • Melissa, some days my double identity confuses me. But I’m better now at accepting my limitations than I was when I first started writing. Life Lessons finally were learned as years passed. One lesson I learned was to be open to possibilities even if they weren’t what I’d hoped for.

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