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FUNK VS BRAND

My life has been in a funk the last few years, to say the least. Sometimes, I don’t know which way I’m going and for what reason. I’m sure many of you, if not all, have had times when you’ve felt the same way.

The dark funk began after I received some heart-wrenching news. I opened my file to continue work on my next romantic suspense—because you need to keep putting one foot in front of the other, you know— and the words simply weren’t there. Tears had rolled down my cheeks and my chest had been so tight with pain. My fingers were stilled on my keyboard. I simply couldn’t bring myself to write and put someone in danger, even if it was only on paper. I needed laughter and love in my life at that moment. So, I did what any sane writer should do. I closed my romantic suspense file and started a new work. It was the best thing I could’ve done for myself.

I submersed myself in the lives of one down-on-her-luck Charleston, S.C. restaurateur named Darcy and one yummy Vermont maple tree farmer named Dylan who had one goal. No. Not to fall in love. His goal was to make Christmas perfect.

You see, after totally screwing up Thanksgiving, Dylan’s wanted to make Christmas special for his two, small nieces whose parents were deployed overseas and would be absence for the holidays. He is having a hard time of getting his act together when Darcy Witherspoon arrives in Black Moose, Vermont. It didn’t take long for Christmas magic to happen. A forever kind of love, much like mine own, was on the horizon for Darcy and Dylan.

My fingers flew across the keyboard, and even with my crazy-ass schedule, in a little over six weeks I wrote the end to my new holiday novel, PERFECT.

Now, some might question whether writing a contemporary holiday story with not a suspenseful word in it will dilute my brand as a fairly new romantic suspense author. BRAND seems to be a BIG word in the publishing world—a rule of sorts for marketing and the NY marketers have a lot more experience in building names than I ever will. But to them I say, “I don’t know. I like reading both genres. I know other readers do too. I only know I need to write what feels right to me. I can’t put passion into stories that I’m not enjoying writing. In my opinion love for the project needs to be felt on every page.

If I hadn’t written PERFECT, I might still be sitting in front of my laptop, getting frustrated, and perhaps depressed because I needed happy, happy and wasn’t listening to my own needs. I’m glad I went with my gut and finished a love story that made me chuckle. While doing so, the oddest thing happened. Near the end of PERFECT my muse turned back to my unfinished romantic suspense.

A few years have gone by and that one little book lead to three more for the Perfect Love Series and two more romantic suspense novels.

I truly believe if you listen and give yourself what you need, in the end you will be a much happier person and your muse will be too!

PERFECT. Why Would You Write That?

Last Thursday, Ruby sister June Love started the awesome, lively discussion on how writers handle writing through difficult times, and many writers offered great advice. I stated that my writing was an asylum for me during difficult times, which was indeed true.

My life has been in a funk, to say the least, the last few years. Sometimes, I don’t know which way I’m going and for what reason. I’m sure many of you, if not all, have had times when you’ve felt the same way.

Several months ago, after some heart-wrenching news, I opened my file to continue work on my next romantic suspense—because you need to keep putting one foot in front of the other, you know— and the words simply weren’t there. Tears rolled down my cheeks and my chest was so tight with pain. My fingers were stilled on my keyboard. I just couldn’t bring myself to write and put someone in danger. I needed laughter and love in my life at that moment. So, I did what any sane writer should do. I closed my romantic suspense file and started a new work. It was the best thing I could’ve done.

I found myself submersed in the lives of one down-on-her-luck Charleston, S.C. restaurateur and one yummy maple tree farmer who had one goal.

No. Not to fall in love.

After totally screwing up Thanksgiving, Dylan’s goal is to make Christmas special for his two, small nieces whose parents were deployed overseas and would be absence for the holidays. However, when Darcy Witherspoon arrives in Black Moose, Vermont, his thoughts do turn to the forever kind of love that suddenly seems apparent all around him. My fingers flew across the keyboard, and with my crazy-ass schedule in a little over six weeks I wrote the end to my new holiday novella, PERFECT.

Now, some might question whether writing a contemporary holiday novella, with not a suspenseful word in it, will dilute my brand as a romantic suspense author. BRAND seems to be big a BIG word in the publishing world—a rule of sorts for marketing. To them I say, “I don’t know. I like reading both. Maybe, I’ll bring a non-romantic suspense reader over to the darker side.” And, actually, I think I’m marketing myself—a unique writer with many likes.

All I know is if I hadn’t written PERFECT, I might still be sitting in front of my laptop, getting frustrated, and perhaps depressed because I needed happy, happy and wasn’t listening to my own needs. Instead, I went with my gut, finished a novella that made me chuckle, and while doing so, the oddest thing happened. Near the end of PERFECT my muse turned back to my unfinished romantic suspense.  I’m now ready to dive back into the second of the C.U.F.F series with renewed enthusiasm. I hope to finish the rough draft before the Christmas holiday hits, so that I can work on C.U.F.F.’s third book during the Ruby Writing Fest.

I truly believe if you listen and give yourself what you need, in the end you will be a much happier person.

 

What do you think about the question of an author diluting their brand by writing in different genres?

PERFECT BLURB:

Dylan Kincaid totally screwed up Thanksgiving and now he’s faced with Christmas. Thrown into the frightening role of both mother and father while his brother and sister-in-law are off serving their country, all Dylan wants is to make Christmas perfect for his two nieces. But time is running out.

Down on her luck Charleston, S.C. restaurateur, Darcy Witherspoon is licking a wounded ego when she arrives in Black Moose, VT and meets the handsome Maple tree farmer. Wanting a happy holiday herself, she teams up with Dylan to make a perfect Christmas.

Neither is interested in a holiday affair, but the magic of Christmas has something more everlasting in store for the couple. An absolutely perfect love!

I hope you’ll check out PERFECT over the holidays.  It’s available at AMAZON and will be available at B&N.com soon.

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