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A Writer’s Dilemma

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You have your idea. You have your conflict. You have your characters and you have your story. You start typing and it flows. Until you get about halfway. Now what?

Writers have been facing this dilemma since writing began. That’s why some writers outline their entire novel or work before they even start. It helps them to know where they are going with the story.  Writing an outline has never worked for me. 

I’m what they call in writing circles a “pantser.” I write by the seat of my pants. I agree with long-time prolific writer Caleb Pirtle III, author of the Ambrose Lincoln series and the Boomtown Saga.  I like to see where the characters take me. But sometimes they get stuck. Or I become blind or deaf. I can’t tell where they are going and they don’t seem to want to share with me. I’m just the author, after all.

What do I do about this problem? Some people call it writer’s block. I don’t like that term because it suggests that the river of my thoughts and imagination has been dammed up. I still have the river, I just can’t tell where it wants to go.

Take my work in progress, for example. I’ve titled it Keeper III: The Blackout. My characters Emmalee and Elliott have a good thing going. They are attracted to each other, have started dating, and the relationship is beginning to grow.  Emmalee’s old boyfriend Jace has resumed stalking her.  Emmalee’s coworker Gilbert constantly gets on her nerves. The power keeps going off at the zoo and in town.  Now what?  Where do I take the story?

How serious do Emmalee and Elliott become?  Will Jace become violent towards Emmalee?  What will she do about Gilbert?  What is causing the frequent blackouts?

See what I mean?  These are questions I want my reader to ask, but first I have to answer them.  I best get to work.  The solutions seem to flow straight from the seat in the chair to the brain in the head to the fingers on the keyboard.  

Stay tuned. . .

XOXO

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Keeper II Debut!

It’s finally here!  The sequel to The Keeper is here! Keeper II: The Storm is now available in ebook and paperback on Amazon. If you like romantic suspense with a Christian slant, if you like animals, if you enjoy zoos, you will love this story of Jolie and her night keeper friends.  

What is happening to animals at the zoo?

That’s the question zookeeper Jolie Sowell seeks to answer as she works the night shift at the Timber City Zoo. The world-class zoo in this small East Texas town never fails to excite and entertain, in part because the night shift provides heavy-duty cleaning, caring for sick and injured animals, and providing security after hours. It’s a dream job until some animals start acting weird and threatening keepers.

As if that isn’t enough, it’s also springtime and tornado season in Texas and Jolie is afraid of storms. How will she manage to keep herself calm and daughter Ellie safe during severe weather?

As Jolie’s relationship with Lucas grows more intense, zoo officials grow more tense as animal incidents occur more frequently.

What is causing these animals to go mad? Who will be the next person attacked? Will Jolie or Lucas be next? How will they protect each other during severe weather? Will the zoo be able to recover?



Check it out here!
And if you read it, be sure to leave a review for me. It’s my bread and butter as an author!  Hope you enjoy!
XOXO

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RANDOM FRIDAY: Book Fest!

Tomorrow I get to do something I have dreamed of since I was a little girl.  I get to be a real author signing and selling my own books!  Well, hopefully selling. . .

Tomorrow is Saturday, September 8, the day for the fourth annual East Texas Book Fest.  As a local author, I have been invited for the second year in a row to host a table.  This is quite an honor for me because it validates me as a real writer and offers an opportunity to meet and visit with other local authors.  My only regret is that I won’t be able to attend some of the sessions about publishing since I will be manning a table.

I hope to make new friends, do some networking, see some people I already know, and maybe get some fresh ideas for promoting and marketing my books.

Me at last year’s event

I hope to see you there!  Bring your friends (and your checkbook)!

xoxo