Today's questions come from Diane S:
1) What happens to your social/family/church life when you're in the midst of writing? Especially since the characters become like friends, as you say, is it difficult to leave the desk and give your attention to other activities and responsibilities? Do you find ever find yourself so psychologically connected to your books that it becomes a stumbling block to your "real" life?
It's when they start yelling at me that it becomes a problem. Normally, I can handle shifting my persona from author to mother or author to wife or author to friend, pretty easily. But there are moments when the story sort of takes over my thoughts and I'm really no good to anyone until I finish the scene I'm working on.
2) How do you juggle concentrating on several books at once? It sounds like you have at least three in the cooker at the present moment: one you've just recent done the marketing/publicity for as it came out, one just off to the publishers (which I assume you may still have to do some work on?), and another that you're actually writing at the moment. Is it hard or complicated to go back and forth among them all, especially with the same amount of enthusiasm for each project?
- I turned in Book 1 three months ago and already went through the edits from my editor
- I turn in Book 2
- I immediately start Book 3
- I get the galley proofs for Book 1 which means I stop work on Book 3 and read over galleys
- I start back on Book 3
- I get edits back for Book 2, so I have to stop work on Book 3 and take a 2-3 weeks to go back and work on Book 2
- Book 1 is released so I have a ton of work to do for marketing. Meanwhile I'm still writing Book 3 and editing Book 2
- I finish edits for Book 2 and start back on Book 3
Savvy? So, this is why Veil of Pearls just released last month but I'm now working on the second book beyond that one, book 2 in the Escape to Paradise series.
Is it hard to do this? YES! It drives me insane. When I am writing a story, I'm REALLY into that story. I'm in the time period, the setting, in the character heads... then to have to time warp myself out of there to a different set of characters in a different setting in a different time can really mess with my mind. It takes me a few days, sometimes a week, to transition between books before I'm actually writing productively again.
Hence, yet another reason why my aforementioned husband thinks I may need an aforementioned asylum. Sometimes, I tend to agree with him.
Keep the questions coming!! And have a Great Weekend!