What Am I Working On?
I have three projects in various stages. I've taken out a completed manuscript that’s run the gamut from placing in competitions to getting ‘the call’ to still sitting in the drawer. I want this story out for readers to enjoy. I just need to figure out what is holding the novel back. I also have a Western Historical in progress and a contemporary set in Paducah KY, featuring a musical trio, a road manager and my favorite character, Granny Pearl.
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
For years I was told editors did not want stories set in the entertainment field. Like fashion, story lines seem to come in cycles and entertainment –themed stories are coming up everywhere. Because I work in the music field, I am able to educate about the business while providing my readers with characters to love and settings I hope they’ll visit.
Why do I write what I do?
While Happy Ever After endings are great, I think the ones that are a result of second chances are the best. I cut my romance teeth on Second Chance at Love romances of the 1970s. I am living a Second Chance at Love, and I know the music business. Those are my worlds.
How does my writing process work?
I’m getting better about a process. I use to be a hard core plotter. And I still use outlines as a guide, but I’m learning to let my characters walk me through a bit more. That’s hard for a controling/ OCD person to do. Since Somewhere Down the Line, I’ve been turning to song titles more. I’ve always loved music. I use to play songs on the jukebox to convey messages to my boyfriend in the early 1980s. What I do now is very similar. I take the song title and say ‘What if…’ and I’m off.