It seemed appropriate to have a gray wolf working on his first pumpkin for Thanksgiving. It's actually Halloween here in the picture, but I'm afraid wolves and turkeys wouldn't work out as well. :) So this will have to do as a Thanksgiving wolfish scene. :)
Hmm, the other day, one of my daughter's girlfriends showed off her t-shirt: Running with Werewolves. I need one of those! But how about: Dancing with Werewolves. :) Like the play on Dancing with Wolves? And my werewolves love to dance...in human form, so I think it works. :)
One of the fun things of being an author is that we get all kinds of neat notes--an editor of a newspaper from Georgia asked for a copy of To Tempt the Wolf to review and I'm delighted. I've been asked by an RWA chapter to provide an article for a newsletter, and another who asked me if I'd do a blog for the chapter.
A nearby book store asked if I'd do a book signing for my fans there next weekend. And a Berkley author asked if I'd help her out.
Half of being an author and writing the books is helping other writers too. Giving back what worked for us. Sharing how we create our worlds, our characters, our genres. How we promote and market our works. How we juggle the writing, editing, promoting, every day jobs and families.
When I first started out, I worked in a vacuum. I didn't have critique partners or mentors. I didn't have a clue what I was doing. But I had a big stack of books on writing, and I was an avid reader. We have to have more. The networking, the sharing, the fellowship.
We have to reach out to our fans also. Without our fans, we don't have a prayer. I love to hear what my fans love about my books. That's what helps me to come up with another book, and then another. That's what helps me to keep on track. And that's what gives me the incentive to keep on writing.
Right now, I'm finishing reading the final copy of Legend of the White Wolf, working on Plight of the Wolf, and have two more contracted works:
Dreaming of the Wolf, Taming the Highland Wolf
And already, I'm thinking about their stories and where I want to go with them. Right! Four stories all vying for a place in my head.
But then I do that with stories I'm just reading for enjoyment also. Do you too? Or can you only think of one story at a time?
And just received news of this:
Have a super Saturday. Unfortunately, I have to work!
"Giving new meaning to the term alpha male