Let’s Step Outside
These days pretty much everything feels like it’s outside my comfort zone. Except napping. I love a good nap. And my cat, Luna, is always trying to sucker me into a nice long nap in the middle of the day.
But, I can’t spend all my time sleeping. (Sorry, Luna!) And when I do step outside that safety zone, I almost always find the excursion was worth any initial discomfort. It’s the first steps that are the hardest.
In writing, authors are often told to “write what you know.” Seems simple, right? Nice and tidy, and no need to step outside of that oh-so-comfortable zone we all love. But it can also be, well, boring.
So what’s an author to do?
Make shit up, of course. It’s what we do, right?
Not so quick. Characters, their stories, and imaginative new worlds they live in are only limited by our imagination—eh, that’s not entirely true. Ever have a character do something in a book that you know is wrong? (Like a Regency duke deciding to bypass his wastrel eldest son so the dutiful youngest could inherit the title—couldn’t have happened.
This one will drive some avid Regency readers insane!) Probably pulled you right out of the story. Authors absolutely HATE it when readers get pulled out of the story. Whether due to shoddy research or cute kittens who like to nap, we don’t want you to put that book down until you’re sighing with happiness at the ending.
By now you’ve probably realized I’m something of a worry-wart.
I live in fear of the questions I never even thought to ask while I research something or other. My most recent story, ON HER OWN (featured in SNOWBOUND IN HAVENPORT) has me biting my nails because the heroine is not of the same race as me.
The story is not about her race, but obviously, her race is part of who she is and I hope I’ve done her justice without falling prey to stereotypes. I’m nervous as hell about it, but felt compelled to step out of my zone and write her story. She started as a secondary character in a previous Havenport story and by the end of that book, I knew she was going to have to get a book of her own. Her hero wouldn’t have it any other way.
And even though I freak out every time I step out of my comfort zone, I know I’m going to do it again.
ON HER OWN
SNOWBOUND IN HAVENPORT
Finally free of her abusive ex-husband, and the magick that bound her to him, Jennifer Venkat returns to Havenport for a wedding. She never planned on going back to the scene of so much pain, but she couldn’t help but think about the man who’d helped her through it all. Will she rekindle the spark she felt with the groom’s best man, or is she not yet ready to risk her heart?
Braeden Tiede can’t wait to see Jennifer again. Ever since their one weekend together, he hasn’t been able to get her out of his mind. She’s been through a lot, and he’s determined to prove he’s nothing like her ex. But is he man enough to be there for her when she needs him the most?
When Jennifer receives threatening messages, her latent power turns a gentle snowfall into a raging blizzard. Snowed in and terrified, Jennifer can’t control her magick. Can Braeden help Jennifer through her fear, or will she run from her past and destroy any hope for their future?
Check out more Havenport books
A Romance Novella Anthology
Ghosts have taken over Havenport! Four restless ghosts…four tales of love.
The Witching Hour by Ruth A. Casie ~ Lost: One locket filled with memories. Will finding it lead to peace and happiness?
The Ghost of You by Emma Kaye ~ A ghost saved his life, then broke his heart. Years later, he may have found a way to bring her back, but will the act of saving her destroy him?
A Spirit’s Bond by Nicole S. Patrick ~ A connection, which knows no boundaries, helps a couple find their way to love.
Kindred Spirits by Lita Harris ~ A young widow must find a way to work through her grief in order to move on and find happiness once again.