The Struggle Is Real

Things have been crazy busy in my world, which is everything I ever hoped for – when it comes to my writing journey.

Losing Brave is set to release on January 30th. Annabelle Hooper and the Ghosts of Nantucket continues to do well. I’m co-writing my first non-fiction book with an extraordinary teen and it will be ready to query in the next month. I just finished the first draft of a brand new for-hire film script. I am contracted to write another and I have one that I’ve been playing around with for a while that’s tumbling around in my head and eventually gets a bit of work done on it.

Trust me – all of that is heaven for me! So encouraging, and it gets my creative juices flowing. But, just as in everything else, there are always road bumps and disappointments.

  • I’ve been working on a trilogy for going on five years. FIVE YEARS! I work on it here and there, and have completed the first two books but a recent conversation with an acquisitions editor has left me putting that one on the back burner. The genre isn’t selling right now, so publishers aren’t taking submissions from the genre. BUMMER! It’s difficult to put your heart and soul into something you truly believe in and realize that it won’t have a life – at least not any time soon.
  • My three indie-published books (Salvaged, Rise, Collision) have been pulled from the market due to the publishing company’s alleged fraud.
  • Two film scripts that I rewrote (for-hire) are sitting on the shelf. Great projects, but the film industry is a tough one.
  • A television project that I’ve been working on, and was moving full steam ahead, seems to have stalled a bit. Or a lot. I can’t tell. My hopes were high and the disappointment is real.

The creative part of me loves working on all kinds of different projects. The business part of me despises being dependent on others to help bring those projects to life. But isn’t that how it always is? Birth requires just the right timing and environment and I’ve learned (the painful way) to trust the process even when it doesn’t seem to look so good.

As writers, all we can do is keep writing. Keep telling stories. Keep giving birth to those characters that like to wake us up in the middle of the night and ask us to come out and play. And I’m often reminding myself to go back to that place where there wasn’t any pressure. I was just telling stories. It was fun and the process was an escape.

So – I’m pouring my free time into a novel that I’ve been wanting to write for a while but it just hadn’t fully developed in my mind – until last week.

As I laid in bed one night, the full story revealed itself. I pulled out my phone, opened my Scrivener app and had the major chapters outlined and summarized in a matter of minutes. This has never – and I mean, never – happened to me before. A story usually doesn’t reveal itself to me until I sit down and start typing. I never know what’s going to happen until the moment it appears on the computer screen. It’s been a fun difference, but I fully expect changes to come and new surprises around every corner.

Writing is such an odd, yet wonderful thing. With it come highs and lows – and life lessons galore. Lessons that we can turn around and teach our characters, because as you know – all life is story material!

My encouragement for all of you – hang in there. Keep writing. Don’t give up.

Believe.

Always believe.

 

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Are You Being Followed and Don’t Even Know It? Character Inspiration From A Private Investigator

Private Investigator, Kathy, and I continue to tail our subject while we discuss the life of a PI.

In today’s video about the life of a P.I. we discuss:

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  • How little we are aware of our surroundings.
  • We could be being watched, and not even know it. [So. Creepy.]
  • Why women make such great Private Investigators.
  • What do you do if you need to pee while you’re tailing a subject or in the midst of a stakeout.
  • What a Private Investigator should have on hand during a stakeout.
  • Why note taking is important.
  • The type of ¬†vehicle Private Investigators use.
  • Why two people are important during the tail of a subject.
  • How a Private Investigator spends¬†their day.
  • How Private Investigators stay attentive and engaged during long hours.

So much great character inspiration!

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Not to mention, Kathy’s just interesting, and a lot of fun. You can tell that she truly loves what she does.

Enjoy this latest video and I’ll see you back next Tuesday for Part Three.

And….

Big News!

My first film, Annabelle Hooper and the Ghosts of Nantucket comes out today! I am so excited to share this project with all of you.

I was brought on board about four months before the shoot, and was asked to update the script. Originally it was written for an eleven-year-old protagonist, and the star, Bailee Madison, was now fifteen. Although I didn’t do a complete rewrite, it was pretty darn close! I stuck with all of the great bones of Kieren’s script, then made the necessary changes to fit the actors and the newly available locations.

Once we arrived in Nantucket for the shoot, the changes continued at a rapid pace. Every day we had new challenges and wonderful opportunities. What an adventure!

Annabelle is now available on:

Broadband on Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Blockbuster/Sling, DISH, VUDU and Xfinity, and on Cable/Satellite on AT&T, Charter, Comcast, Cox, DirecTV, iNDEMAND, Time Warner Cable, Verizon, and more! Please check it out!