Sometimes I feel like I'm being pulled from every direction at every angle. This is one of those times with two publications coming out this month: 1) a collection of short stories by Edd Voss - RAMBLING, and 2) the launching of a new literary magazine - LITERATI, first issue December 31. Trying to do all the marketing and publicity is taking its toll on my energy ... trying to do it all is next to impossible. But I keep plugging on. I'm looking forward to the day I can hire another person to do the marketing. Oh boy! That will be heaven. Not the right time, yet.
So, my head and heart are racing to meet the deadlines, the pressure is on, and I'm wondering if it all will come down as planned. Gawd, I hope so!
Because of all the travel and activities during the holiday season, and preparation for my blogtalk radio shows, plus the launching of the above two books, I've not worked on my own projects for several weeks. And I miss my writing with a passion, I'm happiest when I write.
My mind's in a whir, however, always writing in my head. That never stops. The changes I'll be making in my mystery novel are spinning around inside my brain, and how I'll hone the action in my latest romantic suspense novel. Both manuscripts waiting on the table. Both to be published in 2011.
You know, I am so enthralled by thillers of late and am feeling the urge to cross over into that genre after I've written my first mystery - working title: SCREAMS. That one may bridge the gap for me from romantic suspense to mystery to thriller. Dean Koontz, David Morrell, Stieg Larrson: at this point in time are my favorite thriller-writers. An upcoming political-thriller writer on my favorites list is David S. Rosenberg, I must mention him too. And my friends Marilyn Meredith (detective mystery) and Vincent Zandri (mystery/thriller). Just Google them all and you'll see what I mean.
My favorite historical fiction writers continue to be Jack Whyte and Philippa Gregory, in case you're interested in that genre. I read all their series and stand alones. I have some novels by Bernard Cornwell that I plan to read, too.
Speaking of Cornwell, Patricia Cornwell is terrific, isn't she? I still love reading her. Medical Examiner protagonist.
Okay, gots to get off of here ... (wrote that sentence in honor of a new writer who has trouble using too many gots and gets and the combination of off of. lol lol Here's to you Edd!)