Writing hours in April 2016

May has started, and I’m about to leave for a 4-day mini trip to Cologne to see a musical with my sister and a friend. But before I travel, I wanted to let you know what I’ve been up to in April. The most exciting thing is that I’ve started writing the first draft of my new novel, Heart Trouble. It’s a really unusual novel–a contemporary romance in a medical setting (an emergency department), but it also has a paranormal twist. No vampires or shape-shifters, but… well, I guess you’ll have to wait and see. I’m about 45,000 words into …

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Writing hours in March 2016

It’s April 1–April Fools’ Day! But don’t worry; I’m not going to fool you. I’m just reporting in with what I’ve been up to in March. :-) I’m very happy to say that I just sent the final, edited and revised version of my upcoming historical romance Shaken to the Core off to my publisher. My editor really liked it, so I hope my readers will too. The novel now also has a cover, which I really like. What do you think? Other than some last revisions for Shaken, I worked on finishing the translation of Just Physical in March. I …

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Writing hours in February 2016

Even though February had one day more than usual, the month is over. And boy, it’s been a busy month! I’m very happy to say that I wrapped up my historical romance Shaken to the Core. It ended up at 126,000 words, which I think is a perfect length that will satisfy my readers and not make my publisher want to jump out of a window. All that remains to be done is the copy editing and proofreading. Other than last-minute revisions for Shaken, I have worked mostly on the translation of Just Physical last month. The German title, Affäre …

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Writing hours in January 2016

Two “writing hours” posts in two days… That has to be a first! :-) The first month of 2016 is over. It wasn’t the most pleasant start into the new year–the cold from hell kept me up with almost no sleep for several days in a row–but all in all, I can’t complain. I crossed the 100,000-word mark in my work-in-progress, Shaken to the Core, on the last day of January. Here’s the shiny new blurb for the novel: Kate Winthrop, the only child of a wealthy shipping magnate, has the course of her life charted for her by her parents. …

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Writing hours in December 2015

A reader of mine just pointed out that while I had shared my accomplishments of 2015 and my goals for 2016, I haven’t yet posted my writing hours for December. Oops! I’ve been so busy with my work-in-progress, Shaken to the Core, that I actually forgot my monthly tradition! So let’s see what I’ve been up to in the last few weeks of the year… For the most part, I’ve been working on the first draft of Shaken to the Core. By the time the cold from hell forced me to abandon the keyboard at the end of December, I …

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Writing goals for 2016

Hard to believe that the year 2015 is practically over already. Since I managed to catch the cold from hell from one of my nieces over Christmas, I’m not spending New Year’s Eve the way I had planned, but I still wanted to take a moment to reflect on the past twelve months and to look ahead at 2016. I just took a look at the goals for 2015 I posted on the Ylva Publishing blog a year ago. In that blog post, I said: For 2015, I hope everything will continue to go as smoothly as it did in …

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Writing hours in November 2015

It’s the middle of December already, and I only now get around to posting my numbers for November, which gives you a good indication of how busy I am. I’m very excited to say that I got started on my new historical romance, Shaken to the Core, at the beginning of December. Now I’m 20,000 words into the story and enjoying it very much. What else is new? As you might know, my romance novel Just Physical has been out for a couple of weeks now, and reviews have been great. In Just Physical, the two main characters–actress Jill Corrigan and stuntwoman Kristine …

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Writing hours in October 2015

Can you believe it? The end of the year is already just around the corner. At Ylva, we’re hard at work preparing our books for the holiday season. In fact, we just put together a video of all our holiday-themed books: Of course, there’ll also be new romance novels and other books coming out in December. Two of them are mine: Just Physical and Time Management for Writers. That’s what I spent most of my time on in October–getting both books ready for formatting and typesetting before I left for the book fair in Frankfurt. The book fair was as …

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Writing hours in August 2015

Fall has officially started–and the weather turned cooler and rainy here in Germany right on time. Not that I mind after the very hot summer we had. Meanwhile, I’ve been working hard to wrap up several of my projects so my readers will have more reading material this winter. I finished my romance novel Just Physical, which ended up at 100,000 words. I’m very happy with how the story turned out. It’s with the editor right now, and I’m hoping the required revisions won’t be too extensive. I also finished the edits for Rosen für die Staatsanwältin, the German version of …

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Writing hours in May 2015

Hard to believe that almost half the year is gone already, isn’t it? We’re definitely heading toward summer here in Germany, and I’ve been working hard to wrap up some of my projects before my vacation in July. I finished the final revisions of Next of Kin, the second book in the Portland Police Bureau series, and the short story that goes with it, “Change of Pace.” I also started to translate the novel into German. On the nonfiction front, I’m still working on Time Management for Writers and putting the strategies to good use to become more productive myself. …

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