Hello, my dear readers!
I hope all is well wherever you are in the vast world we live in. For some of you, it is the blazing summertime; for others, it is freezing cold. So, wherever you happen to be, I hope you are comfortable and enjoying the start to an amazing weekend. Can you believe it is already February?!
It has been a while since I’ve updated you guys on what I’m working on. As many of you know, I blog once a week, while juggling my studies and a passion for writing. While I write religiously back home during summers and holidays, my writing schedule worsens whenever I am at school.
However, I have been up to some things, and I think it’s about time to share with you all!
1. Yours Truly
Last autumn I truly struggled with what I wanted to write. I’d just finished a five book summer, where I pushed myself to finishing five novels in the span of four months. I did this because I knew my return to school would interfere with my schedule–and I was right.
I struggled with figuring out what I wanted to write. I started Yours Truly as a response to my college life, but I abandoned the project in favor of a Southern drama involving an archetypical aristocratic family in the modern-day. Then I abandoned that project and found myself lost in the fray (Woolsey Fire, personal problems, and an overall disinterest in writing).
In December I returned to Yours Truly, which is a psychological thriller revolving around a writer and her stalker. While I will update you more on this project in a further blog post, I will say that I have completed the novel and am currently in the editing phase. This book needs a lot of work. Much of it is too tied to my own life (not the stalking situation, thank goodness), and the overall story is not something I am super proud of.
Therefore, I hope to be done with this book in the next month or so, and I’m honestly not sure if I will self-publish it or not. It is one of those books that I want people to read, but I’m not really sure I want to be associated with it. Frustrating!
2. Untitled Violet Hill Project
For my creative writing class at my university, I am tasked with writing fifty pages of a novel. Most of you guys know that this is not something new to me, but I absolutely dislike planning my books out, and this class is challenging me to do that very thing.
Violet Hill is a story about two sisters who return to a small Tennessee town where someone (or something) is destroying priceless Antebellum homes. I am not sure if I will finish this book once the fifty pages are done, but I will let you all know. Maybe I will even post a few excerpts on this blog in the future.
Expect more updates on this to come!
3. Church Boy
All right. We’re just going to be honest about this project. Every winter I find myself in the romance mood, where I want to crank out a rom com book and publish it like a crack of lightning. Romance books are the easiest to write, and if I follow my writing quota, I can pop them out in a few weeks. Last summer, when I was in the heat of The Flores Sisters Trilogy, a concept dawned on me.
As a Christian, I have grown up in the church, and I love writing church scenes. There is so much to see within sanctuaries, and the conflict between people is exciting and inspirational for writers. (Seriously, it is!)
So why not write a romance set in a Southern Baptist church? Oh, lanta, the possibilities!
Though I have never written a Christian novel per se, this idea has come to be an interesting one to me. All of my romance novels are clean, and Church Boy fits the bill as well. I don’t want to say too much on this book, because I’m only about five thousand words in, but I think it will appeal to an audience of like-minded people. (And I am always writing books I wish I would see in bookstores.)
THERE YOU GO.
I am still waiting for a book idea that will pop out at me. I really am. I have been struggling in my writing life since this past summer, so I am hoping that something will come soon–something that will challenge me, my beliefs, and inspire my readers as well.
I hope you guys enjoyed this update, and I promise to write more blog posts soon.
Until next time,