I never claim to write stories that everyone is going to like; some call them too sweet or sappy, but I try and make sure they are well written, well-edited and I'm thrilled many people seem to have enjoyed them. I get wonderful emails from readers who tell me that either a story-line or a particular character has touched them in a certain way.
But lately I'm pushing myself to keep up with some personal goal I have in my own mind of what I need to do to be successful. Write faster; stay in the minds of the readers and don't get lost in the glut of books that seem to increase every day. When you don't have a publisher to put your books in the readers' faces, all the marketing and promotion is on you and it gets overwhelming.
Something has to give.
For me now, it has to be the the writing, so I'm slowing down. I have to make sure my books don't suffer in quality and that I still enjoy writing them. I don't ever want it to feel like a chore or an obligation. Some people might not care, and that's fine, but this is for the readers who ask me when is Zach's book is coming and what about giving Barton a book? What about the bartender Max from One Step Further? Will I ever get to write John's story from Rescued?
I want to. I plan to. But right now I'm on vacation with my husband and daughter and I haven't written anything in a few days and it's fine. I'm spending time with them and loving it. I'm not worrying if the book is going to get written. It will, just maybe not a quickly as I once thought.
I am lucky in that I am a fast writer. I'm not going to get into a discussion over fast vs. slow writers; everyone is different. But I know fast or slow I"ve only been doing this for a year and I want to keep doing it for many more, so I'll still be around as much as ever, just maybe not with a new book as often as you've come to expect.