When I say I love being an erotic romance author, I mean it. I love my job. It is a dream come true. I cannot imagine anything I would like better than this gig. If I won the lottery, I would still write.
All my jobs have involved writing, but I haven’t always been an “author,” i.e. someone who earns a living from producing books. I’m not kidding or exaggerating when I say that for 20 years upon waking up Monday through Friday my first thought of the day was usually, “Crap. I don’t want to go to work today.”
Now I bound out of bed earlier and work longer and harder than I ever did in my other jobs and love every second. There’s a saying that the worst day fishing is better than the best day working. That’s how I feel about writing romance. The worst day being an author is better than the best day as a newspaper reporter or a public relations manager.
But not all books are created equal. Some come together almost effortlessly, while others are a hard hump. Writing is always satisfying, but it’s not always easy. Unexpected Consequences, my third book and the first of Rod and Cane series novellas, was pure magic. It felt as if the book was channeled. Each word flowed naturally into the next. My fifth book, A Scent of Longing, (now out of print) was the same way.
That doesn’t happen with most books. They are combinations of fits and starts, some scenes falling together easily, others requiring blood to be squeezed from a stone. I wrote one book that I should have shot and put out of its misery (and mine). Gloria Steinem once said, “I don’t like to write. I like to have written” and sometimes that’s the case. The satisfaction comes after the book is finished, not during.
But the novel I’m working on now, Rod and Cane 6, (my 19 book!) is a delight. I am enjoying the process of creation rather than stressing over the plot, the wording, or the word count goal, probably because the characters are writing this book. I am not the director, but a voyeur who has been invited in to watch the plot unfold (and to watch some pretty hot sex & spanking scenes!).
With Rod and Cane 6, even when the writing has gone slowly (and there’s been a few times), I’ve still enjoyed the experience of spending time with my characters in their world.
I love my job and all my books, but I’ll always remember Rod and Cane 6 with special fondness.
Watch for Rod and Cane 6 in early summer (May or Juneish). To be notified of its release, sign up for my New Release Newsletter.