I am an optimist. I believe all things are possible and I can do all things. Its not arrogance but my good old German-Scottish heritage that gave me my work ethic. If I work hard enough, push hard enough, I can do it. Which has somehow given me this running mantra of, I can do anything.
It’s not true, of course, but when I plan my writing schedule out a year in advance as I do---yes, I can deliver a Harlequin Presents on Jan 15th, and a women’s fiction novel for Berkley on April 15th, and another Harlequin on June 15th, and maybe somewhere in there I can squeeze in a novella for another Harlequin line somewhere in there, I am agreeing to these deadlines without:
a) thinking about how stressful and horrible these close (impossible?) delivery dates will be
b) considering there might be something else huge looming in my life like a gigantic move to Southern California from Seattle, that will also require us to buy a So Cal house, which will require us to sell Greater Seattle house, which will require us to constantly show house, which will then require an interim move into a hotel in Greater Seattle for a month once house sells and we have nowhere to go until school gets out in late June
c) remembering that my children have sports and activities and just possibly, needs, like food, clean clothes, homework help, and hugs, too.
But I did agree to ridiculous writing deadlines, not wanting to disappoint my publishers, or my readers, who say they are waiting impatiently for my next book.
I love that readers like my stories. I love that they are eager for the next one. And so I write amidst what some might describe as chaos, but I call “intriguing possibility”, and happily all my books did get written and the move got made, and we’ve now been living in San Clemente, California since July 1st.
We’re not even close to being settled in though. Tons of stuff is still in storage, and tons more will remain in storage, since I have no idea where everything will go in this new (1927 year old) house. Little from my Seattle house works here. This new old house is a romantic house full of stucco and beams and interestingly shaped rooms. My Seattle house was a big Shingle style house and furnished with big strong pieces which don’t fit, or suit, this sweet Spanish Colonial Revival house with it little balconies and rambling garden. So we are making do with just a couple chairs upstairs in the main rooms until I can order couches for the living room and family room. And I will one day order the needed furniture, but first must focus on revisions for The Good Daughter (out in February) and planning The Good Woman book tour for September, and getting ready for RWA in Anaheim next week, because I can’t wait to see my readers again.
If you can come see me at one of my events, I would love it. I’m really excited about The Good Woman, the first book in my new Brennan Sisters trilogy, and can’t wait to hear what you think, because you, reader, are very special to me.
Have a wonderful summer and I hope to see you soon!
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