By Robin Kaye
Every November when NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) rolls around, I’m always flying at lightning speed toward a December deadline. I hate the word deadline, but that’s a topic for another blog. I wish I can really do NaNoWriMo—not just try to get 50,000 words written in a month, which I’ve been known to do when I’m speeding toward the big “D.” I want to start a new book at the beginning and write my little heart out; to fully immerse myself in my characters and story line; to get that cool little winner doohickey to put on my website. Winner! Ah, that must be so wonderful!
Alas, NaNoWriMo just doesn’t jibe with my publication schedule, but New Years does. I awoke New Years Day still suffering from the stomach flu and wishing I was hung over. At least when you wake with a hang over, you usually had fun the night before, and there are all sorts of age-old remedies for it—a known cure. The flu—not so much. Still, despite the queasiness, there was that excitement bubbling through me like the matzo in my chicken broth, a tingle running up my leg that was, no doubt, the thrill of starting a new book.
The fact that this is Judge Trapper Kincaid’s book is even more exciting because frankly, I’m head-over-heels in love with this character. I fell for him the second I wrote his first line and have been gushing over him ever since. I’ve been waiting to find the perfect woman who could challenge Trapper and not just succumb to all that charm. I’ve worked for over a year, racking my brain to find someone smart enough to best him in an argument, strong enough to stand up to him, and independent enough not to need him, or at least make him believe she doesn’t need him.
Thankfully, my subconscious was hard at work when I brought Bianca Ferrari to the mountains of Idaho. One scene with Trapper and Bianca together produced more electricity than Con Edison does in a year. I finally found the perfect woman. Now all I have to do is get them to stop hating each other and write the damn book.
Just because I can’t do NaNoWriMo in November, doesn’t mean I can’t do it in January. Still, it’s too bad I won’t get the winner doohickey.
So tell me, what are you beginning this New Year?