Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Starting a New Manuscript: What’s at Stake?

A certain mixture of joy, anticipation and trepidation comes along with starting a new manuscript. The characters in The Vampire, The Witch & The Werewolf: A New Orleans Threesome refuse to leave me alone. Their story isn’t finished, and although I turned in a manuscript just a few short weeks ago, and I continually insist that I’m not a *fast* writer, I’m writing again.

Woke up at 6:30 a.m. for no good reason, and in the quiet morning hours figured … let’s write. And then before bed I pushed past 1,000 words for the day. Now, this routine doesn’t mean that I’m going to write every day – or so I’m telling myself – I’d like to get a little mental/physical break, and I do have other duties to do (ahem, cough: editing, grading, chapter newsletters to lay out).

But the story is speaking to me, and I need to listen.

So I’ve officially sunk into the Dungeon of SavvyAuthors (isn’t that the perfect name?), nails scraping the sides of the stone staircase in protest, and opened up my new book file in order to track the progress of this novel.

More time than available also was spent searching for an image to correspond with a new character, Nick Stake. Nick’s the love interest for Trevor’s sister, Silver. He’s tall, muscular, dark skinned with shoulder-length blond dreads and these light brown, haunting eyes. Unfortunately, I failed to find anything visually that would match up with the image in my mind. And let me tell you … I looked.

Did I mention that Nick’s also a vampire hunter and he doesn’t differentiate between rogue, and let’s say Lawrence?

How do you think Nick’s going to take to his girlfriend’s newfound “family?” Odds are there will be some growing pains involved. 

You can see why I’m so excited about this story. Not only do I get to revisit some very close friends in my original characters Lawrence, Trevor and Lily, but the new ones are oh, so, tempting.

Reviews: Coffee Time Romance & More gives The Vampire, The Witch & The Werewolf: A New Orleans Threesome FIVE cups of coffee! Go see what the reviewer has to say! 


  1. This shiny sounds wonderful...fur is gonna fly (or is that too much of a pun?)

    The other stuff will still be there when you do claw your way out...unfortunately, LOL...so go for it :) Have fun with it!

  2. Ooo, you've got a hot story on your hands lady! You will have a blast with this one. So much conflict! Love it!

  3. Raelyn --

    That other "stuff" is always there, lurking, isn't it? Thanks for stopping by!

    Lani -- Writing continued this morning again! I guess it's better to go to sleep with dialogue going through your head than to face writer's block!

  4. Sounds like you're teed up and ready to go. May the Muse be with you.

  5. Thanks Kelly! Those muses can be quite fickle, so I'm letting her take over!

  6. There is nothing better than when your characters start talking to you. They write the book.

  7. Oh, Desmond. If the characters don't drive you crazy, that is!

  8. I was hoping that you'd like it, Ebony!