I am writing at last. It only took me weeks and migraines and moments of intense fear and self-loathing to make myself sit down, unplug the #$%! modem and write.
I now have a complete chapter one and chapter two is nearly finished and I have hope. There will be a book. And it will be called (until my publishers change their mind) More Than A Pretty Face and it will be out in July 2009.
It is so hard for me to focus, and thus write, when I’m doing promo stuff for a new book. It’s so hard for me to go inward and listen to the muse when book signings and publicity require a public Jane. I still have three big book events left (Kirkland, Spokane and New Jersey) but I also must must write. It’s been way too long since I wrote steadily, and seriously. My last completed novel was in September 2007. That’s not good. For a girl who used to write 4+ books a year for 7 years, I’m definitely off my game.
With that said, I was trying to make a baby and I did have two big books out in 7 months and Odd Mom Out book tour had me on the road for 7 weeks. But this next year is going to be different. This next year is about writing. It’s about finishing books and getting another Harlequin in and done (Zayad’s story, the last of my brothers in the Desert Kings series) as well as my current 5 Spot novel and then it’s on to tackle my next. I’ve got two ideas for that one so it’ll be interesting to see what I go with.
In the meantime while I write, there are others who have been writing about me. My great friend Megan Crane did an extensive three day interview with me and it’s up on her blog right now. You can find the interview here but start with Day 1 and read from there.
Mrs. Perfect was also reviewed in this morning’s USA Today in their chick lit roundup. Mrs. Perfect was called ‘the perfect summer novel’ which does my heart good. You can read the complete review here.
Now it’s back to writing, and the only way I do that is by putting my head down and pretending nothing else exists but the story. I do try to appear friendly and social when the boys come home from school but to everyone else, I’m a dangerous beast. Beware. Jane is busy writing.
Her editor and agent will be most relieved.