Happy first day of autumn everyone! I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to leave the humid New England weather behind, turn the AC off, enjoy a lower electric bill, and welcome some crisper air and beautiful colors.
Don’t get me wrong, I love sunshine and warmth – maybe too much, which is what makes writing harder in the summer. Everyone is heading to the beach or barbecuing, and sitting at the desk can be intensely guilt-producing.
This summer, in particular, I wrote a draft of a new novel in record time (more on that in my next post) meaning that I am heading into the autumn with a skin a ghastly shade of white. So I’m glad it’s over. Now I can write guilt-free (or as much as this profession allows – anyone who has ever heard “yeah, but what is your real job?” knows what I mean).
I have grand writing plans for this autumn.
I am now revising my summer novel (an exciting historical murder mystery set in the 16th century) before I send it off to my beta-readers next week. After that, I will be preparing the manuscript of Hildegard of Bingen book two The Column of Burning Spices (read chapter one preview here) for editing. In November will be working with my designer Jenny Quinlan on the cover for TCOBS so the book is ready for release in January 2019.
Later this year, I will start querying the manuscript of the murder mystery, and I will share excerpts here on my blog. I will also do title reveal, and keep you all posted on the book’s publishing journey.
Autumn and winter are my most productive seasons, so here’s to creativity, inspiration, and discipline!
If you like historical fiction, check out my novel The Greenest Branch, based on the life of Hildegard of Bingen, Germany’s first female physician. It is out now in ebook and paperback on Amazon US, Amazon UK, and several other Amazon marketplaces.
It is also FREE on Kindle Unlimited.