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Writing from the Dark Side

Heh! I started out calling this blog post "Blogging from the Darkside" and then went to "Writing from the Darkside" and then went on to finally arrive at "Pubbing from the Darkside".  This little tidbit of information should be able to give you a little hint over what has been happening at the Oliver Homestead since I last posted.

Big News! I am part of a great collaboration with a collection of Writers who decided that if a romance book should be done, it should be done by us! Hence, the beginning of what is now know as Welcome to Serenity Harbor, Maine.

This is huge! This is ginormous! All of the books are set around the fictional coastal Maine town of Serenity Harbor. We didn't limit genre, only that their characters fall in love in Maine.

For me, this was a return to something that I love... well, yes... it was a return to writing. I've blogged a little bit about some of my struggles with illness that left with being unable to write for a whi…

What's next...

I finished Stealing the Thunder on Sunday. It's now Tuesday and I'm starting to get restless. You see, I haven't really decided where to go from here. Most writers will tell you that it isn't a lack of ideas. It's a lack of interest that keeps most books from being written. Have you ever written to the third chapter and then felt like the story died? Are your middles sagging (bookwise, of course) and are you restless because you can't decide which direction to take your writing? For me, it isn't that I don't have projects to work on. I've got several and all of them are really good ideas. The problem is that right now I'm at a crossroads about which direction to go. I've always written Romantic Suspense and light Paranormal Romance, but my last two shorts have been darker, edgier Paranormal Romances. I pushed myself to write outside my comfort zone and found... I loved it! I live by the adage that when you stop learning you die. My father is the same way. He loves books as much as I do and he is continually interested in something. I've always admired him for his ability to find a way to do something, especially when the odds might have been against him. Anyway, I digress. Where to go from here. Right now, I've completed 1 full manuscript and two shorts so far for the year. Not bad by many people's standards. Certainly not by mine considering that I've got two active kids and a demanding full time job as well as MERWA chapter duties. I'm a big believer in signs (not the metal kind, the mental kind) and so far, I'm waiting for mine to lead me in the write direction. I just hope they can get through all this mental clutter to find me.


"Have you ever written to the third chapter and then felt like the story died? Are your middles sagging (bookwise, of course) and are you restless because you can't decide which direction to take your writing?"

YES! So glad to hear I'm not the only writer that runs into this. I've got 3 manuscripts going, each at different stages. All three I've hit stages with where I one day look at it and say, "Is this really any good? Anybody going to want to read this and recommend it to a friend?" I've scotched entire full-length ms's before. Glady, the answer on all three has been, "yes,? they are good, just do some re-writing here and there, push more buttons, get more inventive with the plot and charaters, the basic idea of the book/story is a worthy one. Good post!
Helen Ginger said…
Can you take one of the ideas you've been thinking of and nudge it into an edgier book? If an edgier paranormal interests you now, then I'd say go with it and see where it takes you.
zhadi said…
Oh dear... Teagan, I spent last night going through a suitcase full of stuff I'd written from grade school on...a lot of finished shorts, but SO many unfinished books... The good thing was I found a lot of really good ideas, some salvageable writing and had a blast revisiting my past.

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We have the cover and that is a really good thing! Especially, since it's a really great cover!

This has been THE project for the last six months. Much of that time has been spent writing my part of the anthology, a novella called ONLY YOU. Another part of that was working with my friend and cohorts to come up with this great anthology! Why wouldn't you enjoy it?! It's filled with stories of love that are all set around the fictional Maine town of Serenity Harbor. Want to know which town Serenity Harbor is patterned after? We'll never tell... well, maybe we will!

Anyway, who can write better about love in Maine than a bunch of Maine Romance authors! I gave you a tantalizing tidbit the other day from my story. Poor Nate Cooper, he doesn't know what he's up against when he decides to take on Kara Simpson. Lucky for him, he's got the whole town behind him!

And what is this rumor of sheep wandering the streets of Serenity Harbor, Maine? Well, you'll just ha…