Thursday Think on the Romance Genre

Like what I assume are millions of other people over the last few months, I came across E! Online’s article this am about the lovely Goldie Hawn, pulled from her Porter Magazine article in June, and one of the things she talks about is her ongoing 32 year relationship with Kurt Russell. If you don’t know much about them, they still aren’t married, which is actually kind of awesome and impressive, considering this is a Hollywood couple, where dating/marriage status never seems to stay the same for long. Even us normal(ish) folks can look at a relationship such as Hawn’s and Russell’s and find it inspiring. In this interview, Goldie says about relationships:

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I’ve always loved Goldie Hawn, but as she ages (beyond gracefully and beautifully, may I point out) she continues to be not only a positive influence for other women in the acting industry, but all women in general. I love her take on relationships – on marriage. So simple, yet so difficult for some of us to master. Obviously, her and Kurt have found the sweet spot that works for them, kudos!

So, the writer brain immediately kicked in while thinking about this article and other relationships out there that work the same way; I imagined how awesome it would be if more Romance characters were written to find love through happiness, not happiness through love. What it the marriage vows were erased and the rings discarded, and human beings focused only on “compatibility and communication”, like Goldie Hawn suggests. I mean, I’d want to read more books like that. Where the ‘girl’ doesn’t grow up fantasizing about her fairy tale wedding, and the ‘young woman’ doesn’t spend her time pining over men not quite grown up enough to be ready for a solid relationship, and where mature women don’t feel the need to change who they are to attract a love interest. The purpose of life doesn’t need to include a marriage certificate complete with the white picket fence and 2.3 children. Love can work, and work well, around the expectations and traditions of our parents, outside the mold we’ve all (mostly) grown up in.

If you know of stories that work this way, I want to read them, so throw me some suggestions. I’m not the biggest Romance genre reader, but I do love me some strong fictional women. In the meantime, that endlessly spinning wheel in my brain where plot bunnies like to hide out, is thinking up all kinds of bookish scenarios to break the traditional Romance mold. It’s not like I particularly need more story ideas, but if I do tend toward the way of full-fledged Romance with my writing, with future projects, I’ll take a page out of the Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell playbook.

Thanks for posting a snippet of the Porter interview, E! Online…these are the stories about our celebrities that I want to read. *wink* You can read the full story HERE.

Happy Thursday, y’all!


 

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What’s Next for TMDBooks?

With the latest book finally released last week (Finding Hope, book 3 of the Find Me series)…it’s now time to set my writer sights on the next project. I honestly didn’t know till this weekend which book I’d work on after FM3. There’s just so many stories to choose from. SO many, y’all, it’s not even funny. To be clear, I have three current series and I don’t know, maybe a gazillion and seven NEW ideas festering to be born. I’m not sure I’m even exaggerating that number. I could be. But I’ve never counted the endless messages of notes I’ve jotted down about a new book idea over the last two years, so it could be WAY more than a gazillion and seven. But it would mean leaving my series’ readers in the lurch. My point? I’m not going to write an entirely new idea right now. So sorry.

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The Find Me books have three titles now (averaging about 85k words each). The Station books have three as well (averaging about 45k words each), plus three novelettes, and the Hutch and A’ris series has one book (100k+ words). I asked readers which series they most want to see another book from sooner and they were no help. Because it seems that readers want everything next! So then I had to look at a few mitigating factors: recent releases, book length and interest. That last one is for me, not the readers. lol But that’s also not helpful because I could work on all three of these series! I love my babies equally. (Disclaimer – Yes, that’s true, but I have to say that often, otherwise the Muse will freak the freak out.)

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Why bother explaining all this? Because no matter which series I choose to continue with right now, I know some readers might be bummed and will be impatiently waiting for me to finish another book so they can get the NEXT part of their favorite series. And there’s only one me. And so little time in a day.

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Which is why I’m choosing to write a fourth Station book. I needed to take a break after the third, and I did that. I let readers into the minds of Niles, Mallory and Kerry-Anne, but Piper Willow needs more time. And the readers have been waiting. The Station books are generally shorter. This means that if I write 2k words a day, 5 days a week, I’d be putting out 10k words a week, or an entire book in one month. Small beans for some of my author friends, but a decent challenge for me. These are low writing goals because my schedule is tight with two young children at home with me (mostly) all the time. It also means I’ll have to actually WRITE those 10k words a week rather than spend time talking about writing online. Sorry, social media, but the plan is for you to see less of me. *double wink*

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What’s totally awesome about making a decision is I get to do the fun planning stuff now. The title (already have one in mind – but can’t announce that just yet – SPOILERS), the outlining, the characters…honestly, I’m excited to get back into the Station with Piper! How about you – are you happy for this news? If so, then enough talk and let’s do the happy dance together!

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Happy Monday, Everyone!

And Now…Sleep

FINALLY. Yes, F-I-N-A-L-L-Y.

The first draft of the third Find Me book is done. On account of bouncing around a lot in the plot, and using a new writing software program (Scrivener), editing is going to be rough, I tell ya. But, I’ve made it!

My Muse owes me some solid nights of sleep, that’s for sure. And maybe some wine. I do have wine. I even managed to get it ready in the fridge. But for now, sleep. Preferably a FULL six hours of it.

Riley, you had a roller coaster ride in this book. This is a story I can’t wait for your readers to experience. Now…go away until tomorrow and let me sleep.

Just Do It…

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Almost There…

The last few chapters of the third Find Me book were outlined last night. Yep, we are almost there, folks. That’s the good news! The bad news is, I have a mangled ring finger on my left hand, however, I’m learning rather quickly how to utilize my middle finger to hit the keys my ring finger usually does. The only major difficulty is that drat ‘s’ key and trying to do a capital A. lol But, I predict I’ll be able to continue writing this week without too much of a setback. Editing might just really, really suck.

Anyway, if you didn’t see me post this on Instagram last night, well…here’s what will happen in Chapter 19…

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