I’ve just realised that yesterday was my blog’s 5th anniversary. Wow! Time flies, doesn’t it? Back in May 2005 when I started blogging, I was working on CASTLE OF THE WOLF and poor Cissy had been stuck on a steamship on the Rhine for weeks on end, poor girl:
As to my writing life, I’m happily (or not so happily) working on my next novel, The-Book-after-the-First-Publication, which, people keep telling me, is the most difficult book to write. (So this certainly gives me something else to worry about!) The story is again a historical romance, set in 1827 (I needed steamships on the Rhine, and there weren’t any before 1827). Cissy, my poor heroine, got stuck on that steamship on the Rhine for weeks on end because her author was having panic attacks and suffering from severe bouts of insecurity and self-doubt. In the end, I decided to go for the “patchwork approach” and depart from the linear way of writing. So, while she still hasn’t reached that deuced castle in the Black Forest yet, she has at least had some fun in the bedroom! Yeah! *G*
I more or less sold this book (and BEWITCHED) during RWA 2006 when my editor walked up to my table during the big Literacy for Life signing and asked, “Have you talked to your agent?” — “No.” (Cautiously.) “Why?” — “I made an offer for the books.” For the rest of the conversation I was babbling nonsense and tried very much not to hyperventilate. Then Chris walked on and I sat down, still trying not to hyperventilate. My neighbour leaned toward me and whispered, “I know, he’s really cute, isn’t he?” *g* I think that was the point where I started to hyperventilate, after all. “That’s not it!” I shouted. “I’ve just sold TWO MORE NOVELS!!!!!!”
One of the first persons I told the news was Kathleen Givens. She was such a dear friend, and I still miss her very much.