Okay, we’ll start with the Panic—book due in a month, partial of said book due to my editors today…well, okay, really the partial (outline and first few chapters) was due in January…which theoretically puts me waaay behind deadline (ack!). Now, if I wrote a book in a linear fashion, (starting at chapter one, then two, then three and so on), whipping out a partial would likely be no problem…but I don’t. I tend write the way I read, in a sort of scatter fashion.
Which leads me to Process. Writers and readers all have their own process when it comes to finishing a book. I tend to write a story the same way I read a book–from the inside out. When I pick up a new book I crack it open in the middle or the first quarter (no, I’m not just looking for love scenes–honest!). I can’t really explain why I start in the middle or first quarter of the book…an attention-span issue, part of my dyslexia…I dunno, it’s just my process. A great story will hook me no matter where I open the book. After I spot-read a few passages, if I’m hooked, I hunker down and devour the book in one sitting. There will be no intermissions…I want the whole picture all at once! When approaching my writing, I tend to follow the same process. My books never start with the first chapter (with the exception of BRIDE OF SHADOW CANYON–that one started with a woman held captive in a saloon bedroom, but scattered from there *g*). MUSTANG started in chapter three, MAVERICK chapter seventeen, and with GUNSLINGER I wrote the last chapter first–I knew how it would end, I just didn’t know who the characters were or how they’d get there! Currently I’m writing the third book in my WILD series, and this one started in chapter six. Until last week I had nearly two hundred pages, and NO beginning. I had a vague idea of what needed to happen to get my characters to the places I’d already written, but after eight attempts to find the start, none of them really grabbed me and said “Yeah, that’s the perfect start for this story!” Meanwhile, my editors are just a tad anxious to see a glimpse of the book that’s now due in a month. After a lot of panic and deleting, I found the start that FITS, and I finally have something I can turn in. Cross your fingers it will sing to my editors!! Sometimes my process is a major pain 😉
And now for the Preview! Here’s a little rundown on the book, the final book in my WILD Trilogy. Garret and Maggie are in for quite the WILD ride. We first meet Garret Daines in MUSTANG WILD at the tender age of thirteen, a hard-working teen doing his best to look out for his older sister Skylar. In MAVERICK WILD Garret is on his way to becoming a man and suffers some heartache when Cora Mae overlooks him as she falls for Chance Morgan…a man who casts a broad shadow Garret can’t wait to outgrow. Six years later Garret’s all grown up and finds himself in a heap of trouble with a cattle barren who’s hellbent on driving Garret’s cattle ranch out of business. An attempt to take Garret’s life in the dead of winter lands him in the healing hands of mountain recluse Maggie Slade…aka, Mad Mag. Maggie made her first WILD appearance in MAVERICK WILD, saving Chance Morgan from a hangman’s noose, and revealing a secret or two about her past. Maggie’s hiding a mess of secrets in her WILD mountain hideaway–none of which she’s willing to share with a handsome cowpuncher she believes has more charm than sense. Garret can hardly believe the youthful beauty he discovers hidden beneath Maggie’s trapper-woman persona. Being raised by Skylar, Garret isn’t new to sharp-tongued WILD women…in fact, he finds himself quite enamored by Maggie’s attempts to put him in his place…and has quite a time convincing her that place is right beside her. A common threat provides the common ground they need to stand on as they start to understand and appreciate each other’s “process”…making them vulneralbe to that wildly unpredictable emotion called LOVE.
So there you have it, my Panic, my Process, and a Preview!
What is YOUR process, be it reading or writing? When you start a book, can you put it down in between chapters and come back to it later or do you have to finish the whole book in one sitting? Do you cheat and spot read (like me) before settling in, or do you keep to the straight and narrow, starting on page one and reading to the end?
Whatever your process, I wish y’all a wonderful weekend & Happy Reading!