Hi Everyone! I’m really happy to be here! My debut novel The Temporary Wife is taking me all around the web to chat with readers about some fun topics and I’m thrilled to be here for the Nights of Passion Blog Luau! One of the things I get asked about has to do with my writing style and how I got this particular book done under a crazy deadline. Did I mention I had to write this book in six weeks? No? Ah. *Passes pina coladas to everyone* Let me tell you about it.
When Intermix offered the contract, naturally, I was over the moon. This was what I’d dreamed of. The call came while I was at work and I practically danced I was so happy. There was only one problem. Editor Jesse wanted the book done in six weeks. You see, I didn’t sell a finished manuscript; amazingly, I sold on proposal. So, here I was with this contract and a deadline. Oh, and the full-time teaching gig…I had that too. And I was directing the fall drama at my school. Anything else? Oh, yes…Hurricane Sandy. We were lucky compared to other people. We had no damage to our home, but we were without power for a week.
Yes, I had all of that, so my usual style of writing—throwing a few hundred words down before I was distracted by Facebook—wasn’t going to cut it. So, I made a commitment to do things differently. I plotted and I wrote. I wrote every day. I set a timer for myself so I wouldn’t go off searching for a pair of cute shoes on the Internet. I set a word budget and made sure to meet my goal each week. I didn’t play on games or social media when I was on the computer, I wrote. And I finished on time.
I never saw myself as a fast writer or a plotter, but I learned to do both. I changed and adapted. I learned to be a professional. I did what I had to do to get the job done. No games. No excuses. I had to keep the balls in the air.
As I look back at the past ten months, I’m a little overwhelmed by what I was able to do. The Temporary Wife was released in May and the second book in the Forever Love series, Unexpectedly Yours, comes out in November. Book 3 in the series is due to my editor on September 1st. In less than a year I will have completed three books. And it happened because I was willing to change it up.
I understand we all have our style, but what I’ve learned is that if we want to stay ahead in this business, adapting your style, making changes is what’s going to put you ahead of the curve.
There’s no substitute for writing. Iconic romance author, Bertrice Small, advises wannabe writers to produce three pages a day, six days a week. If you do that for fifty weeks every year you’ll have written 900 pages. That’s nothing to sneeze at.
Slow and steady, as they say.
I’m thrilled to be giving away a digital copy of The Temporary Wife to one commenter. Come on…talk to me! Deadline is midnight Eastern Time!
Jeannie Moon has always been a romantic. When she’s not spinning tales of her own, Jeannie works as a school librarian, thankful she has a job that allows her to immerse herself in books. Married to her high school sweetheart, Jeannie has three kids, three lovable dogs and a mischievous cat and resides on Long Island, NY. If she’s more than ten miles away from salt water for any longer than a week, she gets twitchy. Visit her website at www.jeanniemoon.com
About The Temporary Wife:
It was an offer she couldn’t refuse…from a man she couldn’t resist.
Kindergarten teacher Megan Rossi is devoted to being a mother to her best friend’s five-year-old daughter, Molly. When the child was orphaned, Meg became the little girl’s legally named guardian—over the objections of Molly’s wealthy grandparents, the Campbells. Now the Campbells are petitioning for custody, and Meg is faced with a long and expensive legal battle. The last thing she expects is for her former high school boyfriend—and the Campbells’ estranged son—to offer a solution: marriage.
Billionaire software developer Jason Campbell knows his parents don’t have Molly’s best interests at heart—it’s all about control for them. There is one way he can ensure that his sister’s last wishes are honored. He will offer Meg the protection of his name and lawyers until the custody arrangement has been finalized , then he’ll secure his niece’s future with a very generous divorce settlement. Jason’s considered all the scenarios, except one—that the sparks that once flew between he and Meg might reignite a burning passion. And that his confirmed bachelor heart might just melt away from the heat…