This Friday I’m here to discuss my current work-in-progress—or WIP as we writers call it. (We call them other things too, but WIP is the most polite… LOL! ) I’ve actually got three different books in three different genres all in different stages of development in the works right now and sometimes it’s difficult to keep all the storylines straight.
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One book is a contemporary romance, one is a paranormal romantic suspense with biopunk-ish overtones, and one is the fourth book in my award-winning urban fantasy Seven Seals Series—Seal Of Redemption.
A question I get asked a lot is: How do you keep it all straight?
My Answer: Very Carefully.
With so many diverse characters running around in my head, notes and storyboards and book binders are my saviors. I try to keep one for each book and refer back to them at the times when my brain or caffeine levels refuse to cooperate. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t and I don’t pick up on the inconsistencies until I go back through on revision—at which point I find those pesky critters and slay them like little literary bloodsuckers.
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Here’s a snippet from my contemporary romance, Liquidation, to whet your appetite. Enjoy!
(Scene Setup: Alex—the hero—was injured while on the job as a criminal investigator for the IRS and is dealing with the after effects, both physical and mental. After his release from rehab, he’s moved to New York and is looking for a place to live. Mindy—the heroine—is a struggling actress in the Big Apple with a ramshackle Chelsea brownstone for rent and one hell of a secret tying her and Alex together. This exchange is from their first encounter.)
“So were you born under an unfortunate star or do you prefer to traipse around the city as a parasite?”
“I’m a germ, thank you very much. And no. I prefer normal clothes.” She followed Alex up the remainder of the stairs, impressed by both his sense of humor and his determination. Mindy faced him on the second-floor landing, her breath puffing. “Like I said. I had an audition.”
“I hope you got the job.” He looked around, not at all out of breath or fatigued, despite his disability. She amended her earlier assessment of his physical fitness from adequate to ripped. Sunlight broke through the clouds outside and silhouetted his form. Beneath his loose fitting shirt, he had a torso that would put most fitness gurus to shame.
He caught her staring and heat stoked higher in her belly.
Time to nix this good. Between her stalled career and the mess her dad had left behind, the last thing she needed was romance.
“Nope. They said I wasn’t ‘viral’ enough.” She added air quotes for drama, then flipped on the lights in the neighboring bedrooms. “Such is a struggling actor’s fate.”
“If it’s any consolation, I think you look plenty contagious.”
That’s all for now folks…
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And Happy Easter!