what is she working on?
I am usually working on several projects at once. It can be very exhausting. I certainly keep my editor and friends busy with a barrage of ideas and a list of new characters. Currently I am working on a new project loosely referred to as MNHH (I won’t reveal the full title yet). My heroine, Bailey Woods, is probably the only character I’ve created who is more closely in line with my own nature, so she is a lot of fun to work with.
A quick look: Bailey Woods is a Hollywood publicist who’s plot for revenge against an ex-boyfriend leads to unexpected results. Bailey’s troop of comical, and often crazy, friends makes the twists and turns of this story a constant adventure.
I’m in the final stages of this book. I hope to have the manuscript completed by the end of 2010. Wish me luck.
The Prize is a book I almost completed in 2008 before I put it aside to become completely obsessed with MNHH. Still at a halfway point, the book is a little over 300 pages (I struggle to write short novels).
A quick look: The Prize is a historical romance (my first), centered on the forced union of Lady Brenna and Laird Cambel. The story takes place in the year of 1099, under the volatile rule of King Rufus. I don’t normally reveal the names of both main characters before a book is completed (it leaves me no room to change them later) however I don’t plan to make any adjustments. Brenna and Cambel are perfect just the way they are.
I’m a fanatic about creating stories with ties to historical events. That being said, this novel required a lot of research before I could write the first word.
When I first began writing, I challenged myself to create a fictional world where all the stories were woven together in some way. The trick of fusing The Prize, a historical novel, with the other modern novels I am writing was solved with an unusual stroke of brilliance (It doesn’t happen often). While writing MNHH, the main character, Bailey Woods, works on promoting an actor who is starring in a historical romance. This created the perfect opportunity for me to reference The Prize. So guess what? The main character in MNHH is starring as Laird Cambel from my unfinished novel. MNHH contains dialog pulled directly from The Prize.
I’m really excited to return to this project.