Birthing a Book

This week was one spent in limbo for me. My latest release, “Electricity,” was “born” last Saturday, June 8th. After the exhilaration of seeing the title go live came the “diaper-changing” ordeal of converting the eBook into a paperback, because that format is due on June 16th, Father’s Day.


You see, I always aim to release my books on significant days. June 8th was my Grandson’s 7th birthday. June 16th, in addition to being Father’s Day, is also the date of my late father’s birthday. One of my most bittersweet regrets is that although my dad was one of the biggest advocates of my writing journey, he was gone before my first title was under contract with SMP in 2013 (Phantom Traces).

I hope there are bookstores, or at least Kindles, in heaven.

Now, however, I’m floating lost in the limbo of being “between books.” Which one should I start on next? I have two titles I’ve done significant work on before they stalled, and another I’ve been trying to write for almost fifteen years.


Thank goodness one of the characters from “Electricity” came to the rescue.

The sister of my hero, Kim Gallagher was but a minor character in the book. Once I wrote “The End” I really had no intentions to continue her story. Until two evenings ago. I’d fallen asleep on the sofa (a very bad habit of mine, but I get up at 4:30 a.m. and by 8 p.m. I’m done). When I awoke, instead of my usual before-bed routine, I walked straight into my office, sat down at the keyboard, and opened a new Word doc.

Kim was whispering in my ear. I wrote an entire opening scene to yet another book. I’m now in the process of developing my hero (a young German clock maker) and my setting (a haunted clock shop and museum). And I think I’ve even come up with a title: “TimePeace.”

I guess minor character Kim Gallagher wanted her story told. Either that, or the Muses have been especially kind to me. An idea for an entirely new book is a true gift, and I can’t wait to get started.

So I guess I’m “pregnant,” i.e., “with book,” once again…


About Claire Gem

Claire is a multi-published, award winning author of both fiction and nonfiction. A native of New York, USA, she now resides in Massachusetts, USA with her husband of 39 years.
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4 Responses to Birthing a Book

  1. sueberger3 says:

    Congratulations. There’s nothing like a new book. Maybe it’ll turn out to be twins.

  2. Beth Carter says:

    Congrats on the new release and the new upstart! 🙂 I’m still in marketing mode for my new release but chomping at the bit to get on another book. I totally get this post and appreciate it.

  3. Claire Gem says:

    Ha! Or triplles 😉

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