Michael and Dani must join forces to save those they care about from becoming the latest victims of a decades-long hunt. But the fiery chemistry between them threatens to unlock a millennia-old secret which could devour them both.
The clock is ticking and they will be faced with the ultimate hero’s choice: save the world or save each other?
Author: Jennifer Carole Lewis
Published: January 30, 2015
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Writing In the Cracks
There are days I dream of a quiet room with a wraparound desk, multiple monitors, a giant whiteboard full of index cards and a pleasant, but unobtrusive, sound system. Then there is the reality of trying to write at the kitchen table while supper is bubbling on the stove, my kids are threatening to launch a full on nuclear attack and my boss is texting me to do “just one more thing” for the night.
I am a full time mom and I have a full-time job. Which means that my writing must grow in the cracks of my life, like lichen on a cliff. I’ve had to learn to stop waiting for the “perfect” time, to say no to dealing with chores or last minute requests and teach myself how to write in small fits and spurts.
When I was in college and my first full-time job, I used to bemoan my lack of time for writing. I would come home and fling myself on the couch and curse that there were only two hours after supper. I whined that I didn’t feel creative in the evening. I protested that I needed long stretches of six to eight hours to commune with my muse. Looking back, I want to slap my former self and her delusions of being a special snowflake with her creative process.
Sometime later, I emerged from the miasma of sleep deprivation after my second child was born and I realized that I did not particularly enjoy my job and that my opportunities to make my creative mark on the world were quickly going to run out. So I decided to get a plan and make it happen:
My process is still evolving, but I’ve gone from failing to achieve a thousand words a week to often managing a thousand words a day. I don’t manage to write every day, which will probably be my next goal to work on. And I’ve discovered it’s not easy for me to edit one story while working on another, which gives me another goal. But I’m moving in the right direction and I’ve discovered that waiting for the perfect moment killed my creativity far more thoroughly than exercising it in less than ideal circumstances.
I may have glossed this over into a five point list, but I spent almost three years pushing myself before I realized I needed to start plotting. Writing a worthy novel isn’t easy. It takes a huge amount of work and dedication. But it is possible, no matter what else you’re dealing with in life. If creating something, anything, is your dream, then find a way to make it happen. My life may be infinitely more hectic than it was before, but I’m enjoying it a lot more than I was.
Jennifer Carole Lewis
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