I spend a lot of time in my garden because it gives me an excuse to move around and a chance to think. I get some of my best ideas in my garden. Right now, it’s teaching me a lesson about managing projects, including my books.
The garden got away from me last summer. The flower beds reverted to grass and now I have to clean them out or revert to lawn. Lawn is tempting because that would be less work! The book also keeps growing. I’m now writing about the last of three characters and I have to remind myself that it’s one woman’s story, not a grand sweeping saga.
Having cleaned out the flower beds, I have to put down weed barrier again. I have to do this periodically anyway as I gave up Roundup for the butterflies, but it’s a good reminder about fundamental structure. The book also needs basics like character introduction, transitions paragraphs, background description – not just the exciting action/love scenes.
The fundamentals can be creative. This year I’m experimenting with Melaleuca mulch instead of eucalyptus. Making your dollars count is not just about getting a bargain! Creative basics in the book means lots of research into sean nós music and yep, more butterflies.
Book and garden both can be overwhelming, so I work one chapter, one flowerbed, at a time. Can’t say the end is in sight, but I know where I’m headed and each little bit accomplished makes it that much easier to believe the finale will come!
Valentine’s, St. Patty’s, Tax Day… Time for a Leprechaun Love Story!
They’re not twee beings dreamed up by the tourist board, but warriors of legend. The story’s because they like a good joke and what better way to hide the gold? Oh that bit’s true, as is the part about not sharing!
Megan O’Malley gave in to drunken temptation and pinched a cute guy’s ass at her cousin’s wedding. Who’d have thought a perfectly normal guy—okay, a bit short—was a leprechaun or that he’d have such a bad attitude about giving away his money?! Now that she’s captured him, Megan may be five million dollars richer, but she’s also got an angry leprechaun camped out on her sofa, doing his best to prevent her from becoming the business mogul of her dreams!
2014 National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award – Best First Book
EPIC 2015 eBook Awards Finalists – Fantasy Romance