Hard at work on my next book, RISING STAR. Stay tuned to this space, because I should have some exciting news on that front soon!
Today was a good reminder that there is a light at the end of the writing tunnel.
Yesterday, I had a terrible writing day. Couldn’t focus, couldn’t get past a scene I was stuck on, couldn’t figure out what needed to happen next in the story. After a few hours of frustration, I tried to distract myself by working on the blurb for my next book. But blurbs are always torture (ask any author—they’re universally considered the worst part of the entire process of writing and publishing a book). I only managed to jot down a few terrible, disjointed phrases before throwing in the towel and wallowing in my failure for the rest of the night.
This morning I wasn’t feeling any better about any of it. But I sat down to work and tried anyway. And what do you know, it started to get better. Not right away. I had to work at it for a while, feeling miserable and discouraged. But I kept at it, and suddenly it got a little easier. I had an idea for how fix one small thing. And then another small thing. And that lead me to a way to fix a bigger thing.
Before I knew it, I’d thrown out one whole troublesome chapter that didn’t need to be there, edited two others that did, and sketched out four new ones where previously there’d just been a big question mark in my outline. Go me!
Feeling buoyed by my successes, I decided to tackle that blurb again. And again, it totally sucked at first. I had no ideas, and everything I wrote down was total crap. But gradually, through perseverance, it started to come together. I came up with a sentence that didn’t completely suck. And another one. And another. Until I had that whole damn blurb written. Ha! So there.
Anyway, the point of all this is to say that it’s easy to get worn down by the bad days and feel like that’s all you’ll ever have. But if you stick with it, and keep trying, eventually, bit by bit, it will get better. Maybe not all at once. Maybe not today. But one day. One bit at a time.
So don’t give up, writer friends. Or non-writer friends. Because this applies to so many things in life. It’s easy to get discouraged, and it’s hard to keep trying anyway. But the payoff for all that trying is out there waiting for you. It’s just around the corner. If you keep putting one foot in front of the other, eventually you’ll get there.
And there is a great place to be!
Look what's on the shelves at The Ripped Bodice!!! 💗💗💗 Talk about a dream come true! 😊
Los Angeles area readers can now find my first two books at the only exclusively romance bookstore in the U.S. And those outside of LA can support a terrific indie bookstore by ordering paperback copies through their web site:
A huge thank you to Bea and Leah Koch, owners of The Ripped Bodice, for the photos!
For a limited time, the second book in the Chemistry Lessons series, Intermediate Thermodynamics, is on sale for only 99 cents at ebook retailers everywhere!
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✅ Aerospace engineer heroine
✅ Sensitive screenwriter hero
✅ Neighbors + enemies to lovers
Also features: knitting, horror movies, and a cat named Sally Ride!
If you haven't read this feel-good STANDALONE rom com, now's the perfect time to grab your copy at this special low-low price.
Intermediate Thermodynamics is also available in paperback and audiobook.
The Advanced Physical Chemistry audiobook is now live live LIVE!!!
Listen to narrator Caitlin Kelly bring chemical engineer Penny's whirlwind romance with hot barista Caleb to life. Available wherever you buy audiobooks.
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I have an IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT!
The Chemistry Lessons series will be leaving Kindle Unlimited soon (maybe VERY soon, in fact). So if you're a KU member, and you've been intending to read them free through that program, make sure to borrow them ASAP. (Borrowed will books stay on your Kindle even after they've left KU, as long as you don't exceed your 10 book borrow limit.)
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The GOOD NEWS is that this means the whole series will be going wide soon, and will finally be available for sale on other retailers like iBooks, Google Play, Kobo, and Barnes & Nobles.
More details to come!
A lot of readers have been asking me what’s next. Another book, of course!
I’m putting aside the STEM heroines for a while and starting a brand new contemporary romance series. Instead of centering on the heroines, this series will focus on celebrity heartthrobs and feature dual POV (which I suspect will make some of you very happy).
But don’t worry: the heroines will still be the smart, independent, relatable characters you've come to expect from me. The first book is about a sociology PhD candidate who winds up housesitting for a TV actor on the verge of becoming a big-time movie star.
Look for it later this year!
This was my birthday gift from Mr. Sus, in honor of becoming a published writer last year. I spent over 20 years writing and learning and working and honing my craft before I decided to pursue self-publishing. Discovering that I could carve out a place for myself in the marketplace and sink or swim on my own merits was tremendously freeing.
In the last year I’ve released three books, and right now all three are sitting in the top 20 of their category on Amazon, holding their own alongside much more famous and established authors’ books. It’s so far beyond anything I dared to hope for, I’m honestly at a loss for words. And it’s all because I had the courage to take a chance on myself.
WRITING IS HAPPENING.
And that calls for lots of caffeine. I’m almost through the first third of my WIP, and the characters are finally starting to feel like real people. It takes a while for their personalities to set whenever I start writing a new book.
To steal an analogy from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, they’re like cookie dough for the first few chapters. The ingredients are all there, but they’re still mushy and unformed. But somewhere along the way, I realize they’ve turned into cookies. I know exactly who they are and what they’d do in any given situation. That’s when they feel real. And then I have to go back and reevaluate those early chapters I wrote, because sometimes who I thought they were isn’t who they turned out to be.
Writing is hard. Thank goodness for coffee.