It is nearly 11am on Thursday, some 12 hours before my blog day and I am staring at the blank page with….. nothing. I didn’t forget my blog day was approaching. I had it marked on the calendar and have been thinking about it on some level since I posted the last one some two weeks ago. I think I have reached blog-idea-vacancy. Please tell me I am not alone! I am fairly certain it isn’t because I am tired of talking about my novel – no, I know that isn’t true because just yesterday I got all giddy while chatting with a friend. So it must be something else. Hmm…. Brain overload? Exhaustion? A dearth of profound methods of communicating essentially the same thing, i.e.- my novel is fantastic so BUY IT! LOL! Ah well, whatever the case, buckle your seatbelts because I feel a rambling discourse coming on. Here goes!
I love writing a Saga with a thematic tone. I see from what most of my Casa Sisters write that we tend to agree on that. Judi has her mermaids and mermen. Terry keeps us wildly entertained with her unique werewolf packs. Robin has cornered the market on Italian domestic Gods. Cheryl is clearly enamored with her lusty alien cats. Now, I think this is cool. Nothing wrong with branching out and tackling new horizons, going to varied places, creating characters that have no relationship whatsoever to anyone in the previous novel. We have Loucinda and Marie doing a fine job at that! But I have to say that it pleases me to see more serial-type novelists in the romance genre. I have said many times that I think one of the reasons I love reading fantasy is that continuations are common. Rarely does a writer who creates an entirely new world end it with one book. They revisit the scene over and over again. As a reader it breeds familiarity. As a writer I just know that I love the world and characters I have created and I selfishly want to stay with them.
So when people ask me if I plan to leave the Darcys and the Regency behind for other romance or historical fiction, I can honestly shrug my shoulders with unconcern. Maybe my muse will suddenly morph into a contemporary hottie and I won’t be able to resist telling that story. Or perhaps I will one day envision a hunk clad in Elizabethan tights. Well, probably not since even Joseph Fiennes had a hard time pulling off the puffy trouser look. But I guess a writer never REALLY knows what shape her inspiration will take.
For the present I am grinningly happy to remain in early 1800 England, traveling between Derbyshire and London with stops in between, while the enormous Darcy clan moves through life.
The last several blog posts have struck me anew at how wonderfully diverse we Sourcebooks novelists are. Or rather, how wisely Deb and Co. chose authors who have something unique to offer. Even amongst those of us who write during the Regency or specifically about Austen characters, we are so different. Isn’t that fantastic? I also know I have said it many times, but part of the reason I haven’t read romance since my long ago high school years was because I thought it was all the same! Yeah, lash me again with the wet noodles, but I have confessed the sin of my misconceptions so be gentle with me. J Is it really my fault? I mean, no offense, but I don’t recall a single man-eating bunny slipper or shape-shifting dragon in any of Danielle Steele’s books. Ho hum….just wasn’t for me. But now? Wow! You gals have got my daughter avidly sucking down books faster than I can provide them, so Kudos, seriously.
What else? Well, I am in the “lull” period between books. Very nice. How did ya’all enjoy your down time? Not that we authors are ever 100% without something to do. Of course I am writing new material for what we are calling “Darcy 4” since I have no title for it. And any day I expect the proofread copy of Loving Mr. Darcy AND the first edits of The Darcys at Year’s End to arrive. But the major marketing push for Mr. and Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy is over, the novel creating its own wind while I sit back and let it fly.
OK, minor brag moment: Deb says the novel is selling very well, enough to have contracted me for 2 more novels after the first 3! Yeah, I am walking on air!! “Darcy 4” will hit shelves September of 2010 with “Darcy 5” in the Spring of 2011. My head is indeed spinning.
Anyway, for this moment in time while I wait for the craziness surrounding the launch of Loving Mr. Darcy this September, I am taking a well deserved breather. I did some serious housecleaning, finally vacuuming the spiders living happily in the corner. And I reloaded my Roller Coaster Tycoon game! Once upon a time I was an RCT3 addict. I gave that up for my new addiction – writing – but am now trying to manage some fun time of a different sort of creativity. I have to say, the balance feels good. Anyone else play pointless games on the computer? Or what about those Facebook games? I admit I have a thriving farm and a fairyland garden. I like growing things. Especially when I don’t have to suffer 100+ degree weather and brave ugly spiders trying to kill me while cultivating. Much better way to go about it. Of course, the family thinks I am doing something worthwhile and momentous since the play is done on the trusty laptop. Shhh…don’t tell them or they will make me start cooking dinner again!
Ok, have I rambled enough? Put your hands down! I get it. At least I mentioned my books in there somewhere. That counts, doesn’t it? No? Well then, Mr. and Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy ~ Two Shall Become One is part of a Mother’s Day promotion at Barnes & Noble, so look for me on an Austen-related display near the front to the store. I am very excited about that and think I need to travel to the Big City so I can get some more geeky photos! September and the debut of Loving Mr. Darcy ~ Journeys Beyond Pemberley will be here before you can spit. But first, the RWA Nationals are happening! I look forward to seeing ALL of you there, yes?