posted by Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy
The big day is finally here! Today is the "official" release date for The Wild Irish Sea!
I'll be pursuing happiness by checking out the romance shelves in all my local bookstores, hoping for a sighting! I'm actually a bit surprised I haven't seen a copy out there yet, because Amazon started shipping them over a week ago. Yes, I admit, I order my own book from Amazon... to see how fast I get it. Yes, that's it! Gotta to make sure my readers aren't getting slow service...
This is my third book to make it into print and I have to confess that the thrill of seeing it on the shelf hasn't diminished a bit. As a matter of fact, my wonder and excitement of the entire process hasn't grown any less this third time around.
Each of my books has proven to be a unique experience. With The Wild Irish Sea, I started with a request from my editor for another book set in Ireland, decided my paranormal 'element' would be mental telepathy, and mixed in a movie with a setting and legends I'd always loved. I stirred all these ingredients around in my imagination for awhile to see what would emerge.
I had no clue where this wild and crazy journey from "What if..." to "The End" would take me. But it was a twisty, turny path to lots of places I thought I'd never go!
When I sat down to begin the first draft, I had a very clear image in my mind of a man in a rowboat in a rainstorm. Problem was, I knew the man wasn't my hero, and I knew one of the 'rules' of writing is: Don't start a book with a secondary character. I was actually okay with breaking that one, but one of my own personal 'rules' was: If you need a prologue, you're starting the story in the wrong place. Except this time I knew in my gut that the guy in the rowboat was the right place to start, so I wrote the scene and made it a prologue!
And the surprises didn't end there.
Turns out that guy in the boat was the heroine's twin brother, and he proceeded to steal every scene he was in with his snarky, smart-aleck remarks (just like my real-life brothers)! And speaking of scene stealers...
Like W.C. Fields, I don't like working with children or animals. In fact, I avoid most books with children in them because I find young 'uns annoying! Imagine my surprise when in the middle of Chapter 2, a mouthy 15 year old boy popped up and had a massive crush-at-first-sight on the heroine?! Plus, it gets worse, the murder victim in my prologue has two young children who are now orphans, and they won't stay out of the story either! And don't even get me started on THE ANIMALS!
Then to make matters even more difficult, my hero and heroine, who were both supposed to be damaged, lost souls couldn't keep their hands off each other! I mean, honestly, they were worse than a couple of randy teenagers when they really should've known better. (heavy sigh)
What's a poor author to do?
Hang on tight and go along for the ride! WHEEEE!
And quite a ride it's been. Somehow all the eccentric characters and the unexpected plot twists worked themselves out into a lovely Happily Ever After! WHEW! (Aunty wipes sweat from her brow.) Now the story is out there for everyone to enjoy, and the reviewers and my readers really seem to like it.
That is what makes the journey worthwhile: READERS!
So please join me in my celebration today! Have you seen a copy of The Wild Irish Sea anywhere? PLEASE share the news! And if you haven't seen a copy yet, never fear! I'll be giving one away today to one lucky commenter.
Aunty would also like to know if you ever started a journey (either real or metaphorical) and you wound up taking some twists and turns and ended in a place you really didn't expect? Would you like to? Who would you take with you and where would you go?