Happy new year to you all. Hope yours has gotten off to a fabulous start.
It’s a wonderful time of the new year for me! I’m getting to spend it in Kauai, and although I do have a book deadline that’s barreling down on me, I’m getting to mix business with pleasure. Now granted, like most writers, it’s hard for me to completely separate myself from my writing at any given moment (one downside of being able to take a laptop anywhere, I suppose) but in the end, “It’s all good.” Maybe it’s the relaxed, “be happy” vibe of Hawaii rubbing off on me (I did get to build sand castles with my youngest yesterday) but I’m feeling pretty good about my ability to multitask. To show you what I mean about mixing business with pleasure, I thought I’d share what I’ve been managing to squeeze in between walks on the beach.
Writing, of course, including writing this post, but I also managed to interview one of my all-time favorite authors before the New Year’s Eve fireworks began. My video interview with Rhyannon Byrd just went up on the Happy Ever After romance blog at USA Today. You can check us out here: http://www.usatoday.com/story/happyeverafter/2013/01/03/rhyannon-byrd-interview-dark-wolf-rising/1808201/
I’ve also been promoting my sweet and sexy contemporary romance, Bedding The Wrong Brother. I recently redid the cover and gave the book a new title, and it’s pretty amazing the difference it’s made. I normally write pretty dark, but despite being proud of this sweeter, funnier story, it never really took off. That’s the beauty of indie books–if something’s not working, you can experiment with new looks, new names, etc. The great reward is getting emails by happy readers who never would have found me otherwise, and frankly, that gives me motivation to write when insecurities set in. Here are pics of the old and new covers. I liked the first, but I LOVE the second.
Finally, I’ve been doing research. I watched Les Mis. Despite not being able to swim and being terrified of the water, I clung to my husband long enough to dip my face in the ocean and see some pretty fish. I’ve been checking out the local cuisine and how long it takes to get rid of a farmer’s tan… believe me, it’s a long time.
Now I will admit, sometimes I think being able to multi-task is overrated. It would be nice to be able to completely focus on one thing, especially just having fun. Despite being on vacation, I’m still on the dreaded deadline. And despite my carefree tone, I’m feeling pretty stressed.
But it’s all good. I write. I have a wonderful family and friends. And 2013 is looking pretty darn good from where I am.
Wishing you much love and happiness during this new year and always!