Book three in the Wishful Hearts Collection is done! That's right. I may have skipped the September IWSG, but it was for good reason. I really needed to get book three in my series written. Kind of important when it's up for preorder and set to be released on October 26th. (Only $1.99 until release, so grab it early!)
I have NEVER in my life been so far behind on deadlines. It was terrifying and almost paralyzing. BUT, my husband has been so supportive. Some of you may remember that hasn't always been the case. He has been wonderful though--making sure I sit and write, running interference with distractions, helping around the house. And now, now he is going to put his English degree to work and help me get this revised and edited on time.
This one is as scary for me as when my first book was published. It's the first time I'm trying romance with suspense elements. On a scale of 1-10 in the suspense meter, I'd give it a 5 or 6. Meaning, it isn't all about the suspense, but it also isn't all about the romance. Hopefully, my readers will like the balance.
The one thing I've learned this year? No matter how stressed I get, if I sit down and put in the time, I can write three 50K-ish novels in a year. And they aren't horrible! Maybe I'm finally getting this whole author thing.
Finally, here's the other really scary thing I did in the last two months. I joined tiktok. Yeah, so far I'm horrible at it, but I'm learning. Come find me if you're on "booktok," @charitybradfordriverford
October 6th question--In your writing, where do you draw the line, with either topics or language.
I draw the line at explicit sex scenes. Personally, I feel that should be personal and off-limits. Doesn't mean my characters aren't doing it, I just won't spell it out on the page. I also have a hard time with swearing. There are so many times I think it would fit the situation and character, but I feel a need to encourage and provide clean books that people of all ages can enjoy. This gets tough sometimes. I'll occasionally use the word hell, but that's it, and only very rarely. Mostly, if I'm being honest, because I don't want my husband to fuss or be disappointed in me. If only he knew the real conversations going on in my head!
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