Today I am so pleased to welcome Rebecca Cohen to Joyfully Jay. Rebecca has come to talk to us about her latest release, Overly Dramatic, as well as some of her other books and writing experiences. She has also brought along a backlist book to give away. Please join me in giving Rebecca a big welcome!
Wandering the Writing Wilderness
The first five months of 2015 flew past in blur of words. My fingers danced over the keyboard, and by the beginning of June I had three novellas, each roughly 40K in length, submitted to my publisher. Write, edit, write, that was my mantra. And while some days I did wonder for my sanity, on the whole I loved it. Overly Dramatic is the first of these three novellas to be published. With its crazy play and papier-mâché goat I had a real blast writing it.
After I submitted He’s Behind You (the final novella in the series), I flew off to Crete with my family for relaxing break, expecting to have to fight the writing bug and force myself to step away from the screen and endure spa treatments but surprisingly I didn’t need much persuasion. Fast forward to the beginning of August and, apart from a false start on one novel that pretty much ground to a halt, I’ve stopping writing. This is not good.
I write for many reasons. It makes me happy, helps combat the stress from the day job, and is one of the few things I do solely for myself. So, as you can imagine, I’ve felt a bit like wandering the wilderness for the last few weeks.
In some ways it started because I have an embarrassment of riches, meaning I have a long list of WIPs and plot ideas. I was almost paralysed by the inability of what to do next. Each of the unwritten stories were calling to me, but none of them with a strong enough voice to grab and make me write. I selected one, Making History at Crofton Hall (this will be the second of the Modern Crofton stories). Now, I love this series, and the Crofton family, but having just completed three contemporary novels my inner genre writer couldn’t settle.
I turned my attentions to Avarice, the final in my high fantasy series. I should mention that Servitude, the first in the series was my first published novel. Lornyc and Methian have been running amok in my head for over ten years. They are one of my favourite couples, so writing Avarice would be mean the end of their story… and I didn’t want to face that. But they were calling me back and I did something I’ve not done before: I went and reread my own novels (Servitude and Idolatry). By the end of the reread I had a fully detailed plot for Avarice but also something else. A story I’d itched to write for years, but thought better of it.
The Reagalos series starts with Lornyc and Methian as an established couple, and I’d thought about writing how they got together but decided against it, not sure if writing a prequel would be a good idea. But now the words are flowing. I’m giving Lornyc and Methian their romance in a story called College Days, and it’s struck me that in some way I’m writing a fan fiction of my own stories, filling in the back story and giving them a proper beginning. So the plan is to indulge myself, write this story, and the all the romance it deserves. I’m not even sure if it’s something anyone else would want to read, or even if my publisher would want it, but the love for my first couple has got me writing again, and that on its own is priceless.
For the chance to win an ebook of my back catalogue (not including Overly Dramatic) leave a comment and I’ll pick one reader at random.
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Andy Marshall is looking for a fresh start. After breaking up with his long term boyfriend he moves to London. To stave of boredom and to meet new people, he joins a local amateur dramatics society called the Sarky Players, based in Greenwich, south London. He gets cast into the eponymous role in the truly dreadful play, Whoops, Vicar, There Goes My Trousers, written by a local playwright.
The play might be bad, but the members of the society are a friendly bunch. Andy finds himself attracted to Phil who is a local artist helping with the props. But life doesn’t run to a script and Andy and Phil need to work to get their own happy ending.
Rebecca Cohen is a Brit abroad. Having swapped the Thames for the Rhine, she has left London behind and now lives with her husband and young son in Basel, Switzerland. She can often be found with a pen in one hand and a cup of Darjeeling in the other.
Rebecca’s blog: http://rebeccacohenwrites.wordpress.com/
Rebecca has brought a copy of an ebook from her backlist (not including Overly Dramatic) to give away to one lucky reader. Just leave a comment at the end of the post to enter. The contest ends on Friday, August 21st at 11:59 pm EST.
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