I’m the kind of author who sets personal goals and I’ll keep crazy hours and drive myself into the ground to reach those goals. HOWEVER. Ask anyone who’s really close to me, and they’ll tell you that there’s this mysterious LULL I always experience immediately after I launch a book into the world. Here’s what I tend to do in my lull season:
- Frantically start brainstorming another book–ANY BOOK
- Market my freshly-launched book at a fearsome pace
- Start feeling depressed because I’m not moving toward a goal RIGHT THIS MINUTE
- Get on Facebook way too much, commenting in groups although no one really cares what my opinion is on things, and I probably don’t either
- Drive my husband, my crit partner Becky Doughty, my best friends, and my agent nuts as I throw new book/series ideas out there at a breakneck pace
- Drive my kids nuts as I stalk around in an inexplicably bad mood, feeling exhausted, untethered, and aimless
- FINALLY DECIDE on what I’m writing next–things return to normal as I throw myself into my next project
I’m hoping there are some other authors out there who experience this mysterious post-release angst. This time around (in a year in which I had three book releases), I had to stop and admit that I’m mentally exhausted after cranking out my last book in a couple of months, so I’m actually trying to take a little break before I plow into writing the next one.
Well, to be honest, my break lasted about one day and it consisted of playing lots of video games. 🙂
I also read as much as I can in those lulls. This time, I read A Refuge Assured by Jocelyn Green and it’s such an amazing historical novel!
So, maybe you’re asking what IS next in my writing lineup. Currently, I’m writing book two in a three-book cozy mystery series for Kensington Books (be sure to follow my newsletter here for all the info/updates on that as I can share!). I’m also probably going to work on another cozy mystery series to follow on the heels of this one.
My fourth Tess Spencer mystery, as well as the third Hemlock Creek Suspense novel, Deadlocked, are back-burnered for this year and probably for next. And for my Viking historical lovers…I’m not working on any historicals right now, I hate to say. While God’s Daughter and Forest Child are some of my personal favorites that I’ve written, they just don’t reach as wide a readership as my contemporary mystery/suspense novels do. But the ebooks are available FREE on Kindle Unlimited now, so be sure to recommend them to any of your reader friends who use Amazon Prime!
So there’s a little peek into my author life (and my driven personality!). I’d also like to say a thanks to everyone who emails me or lets me know through reviews that they’re enjoying my books. Your enthusiasm is like a breath of fresh air as I sit and wonder if my books are reaching anyone. And here’s hoping I’ll whiz through my next author lull season!
PS-I’d love if you’d join me on March 24th at 3 pm EST, for a Facebook Live discussion on my latest mystery release, Guilt by Association. This mystery is the book club selection for March for the Avid Readers of Christian Fiction group. You have to join the group here to participate–and please note, the group only allows discussions of Christian fiction. I’ll be giving away some books and goodies to those who participate, and I look forward to seeing comments from my readers and responding directly to them!
***Authors, please comment if you’ve experienced this kind of lull season! And readers, which of my books do you enjoy most, and why?***