An amazing writing friend of mine, Bobby Hutchinson, said to me once, "Nancy, our books are therapy. We always write about what's going on in our lives." I scoffed at the time but I've come to see how true that is.
Obviously, if you're writing vampire murder rampages or something it's less true, but even a vampire murder rampage is a metaphor for something.
So, anyway, I've been writing lately about people traveling to pursue some sort of quest. And in my own life, I'm at a stage where my kids are launched and I've got time to travel and do the things I've been putting off. So, of course, Bobby was right. Bobby is annoyingly usually right.
In Kiss a Girl in the Rain, the first of my brand new contemporary romance series called Take a Chance, my hero, Evan Chance, is at a crossroads.
He's turning 35; he's a successful corporate lawyer who's been working crazy hours on a path he's not sure he ever chose. When his hippy, dippy mother sends him the bucket list he wrote when he was twelve, and tells him he should do some of those things, the notion pulls at him. What if?
Through various crises he ends up chucking his successful, empty life to hit the road. Item one on his list was Ride a Motorcycle Across America.
Of course, being the directed, super-focused kind of guy, he's got to learn some lessons. For instance, things rarely go the way you think they will on a quest. That's the fun of adventure. Evan only gets two hundred miles from home when an accident derails him, and he meets a very homely dog and a very pretty doctor and -- well, you'll have to read the book.
The other project I'm just launching is a three book series called Changing Gears (are you seeing a pattern here? Take a Chance? Changing Gears? Hmmm). Changing Gears is a motorbike store that's semi-famous. They can find any bike you could ever want, and fix what ails it. Of course, there's something a little magical about the place and its strange owner.
In three books, three different couples find their lives changing directions as love knocks their careful plans astray.
So, I've been thinking about bucket lists lately. I'm a passionate hiker.
In the last couple of years I've hiked in Peru, the Canadian rockies, and most recently I did a solo trip to the Grand Canyon. In the next year, I'm booked to hike Mont Blanc and tentatively Kilimanjaro. Those are my bucket list biggies. I'd also like to learn to speak Spanish and I'd like to live in Europe for a few months. I'd also like to grow my newsletter list. If you feel like helping me out with that, hop on over to http://www.nancywarren.net and sign up. You get the greatest chocolate chip cookie recipe. So, I'm wondering, What's on your list?
Big or small, it doesn't matter. It's fun to dream.
Leave your thoughts in the comments section. I'm offering an ecopy of Kiss a Girl in the Rain and one of Wild Ride as prizes.
Thanks to Lee for having me and remember, every day we should do something that scares us just a little bit.