Busy Slacker’s Guide to Being a Writer

Yeah – the header post is an oxymoron, but what the heck? It sounds like a good book title. ::smile:: Don’t give me any ideas!  I haven’t had the opportunity to really explore my Temple of DOOM Friday this week. Perhaps I’ll contemplate it on the tree of woe. ::grins:: 

First – good news – I have two books in serious process right now, one being the next OTS mystery obviously. The other is a surprise. Very few and select folks know the details. I was given cover art earlier (for the new NF) and I love it. I’m already many thousands of words into that book. I’ve been writing it here and there over the years, it’s just that it hasn’t come to fruition until now. I never lack for ideas and I have a few more projects on the back burner like this. Sometimes it’s a paragraph here. Other times it’s a paper there. Then I begin to realize I have enough material to start building a book. So all these orphaned tidbits I write (usually in passion for the subject matter and because the ideas won’t leave me alone until I put them on paper) can end up sewn together. In this particular instance, I’ve been collecting information about the subject matter (and writing about it) for years.  While cleaning up computer files this past December I realized just how many there were about this particular topic and said, “Hey – that’s a book waiting to happen.” Then I ran the idea by my editors and loyal betas and they loved it.

Certainly it’s another labor of love because I doubt it’s going to be a popular book. Merely another special interest book. This time not Demonolatry related, believe it or not.  Of course I never write a book with the intention or expectation of it being popular. Especially since I write a great deal of niche NF and niche fiction as well. When you write for specialized interests you’re targeting a very specific, limited audience. It’s the nature of the beast.

To be honest, I’m surprised  Honoring Death: The Arte of Daemonolatry Necromancy has been as popular it has been since its January release. Of course I’m not selling thousands of copies, but enough to realize it was long overdue and highly anticipated by a lot of people.

On the OTS front, this was a slow week. Sometimes a story comes out a paragraph at a time. Other times it comes out chapters at a time. I hope I move from paragraphs to chapters soon. It will happen, I have no doubts. I just hate the slow parts.

Now the bad news. I’ve been SO busy at the day job (due to the weather) that I’ve been having to take work home and that’s why I’m so behind on e-mail etc… And that’s probably why I’m only getting books written a paragraph or two at a time. LOL!  I’m hoping I’ll have this weekend off. What I really want to do is clean up the house and set up my distillation apparatus.

About Steph

Steph is an award winning and bestselling author of thrilling steamy and paranormal romances, dark urban fantasy, occult horror-thrillers, cozy mysteries, contemporary romance, sword and sorcery fantasy, and books about the esoteric and Daemonolatry. A Daemonolatress and forever a resident of Smelt Isle, she is happily married and cat-mom to three pampered house cats. Her muse is a demanding sadistic Dom who often keeps her up into the wee hours of the morning. You can contact her at swordarkeereon@gmail.com

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