How long does it take to write a novel?

When I tell people I’m a writer, most of them ask me one of two questions: “Where do you get your ideas?” Or “How long does it take to write a book?” Since I had a new novel out this month, I thought I’d answer both of these questions. I came up with the idea for my contemporary romance Damage Control in February 2014, while I was working on Departure from the Script, book 1 in the Hollywood Series. Michelle, the butch main character of Departure from the Script, expresses her admiration for Grace Durand, an actress who, according to …

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Writing Hours in December 2014

The new year is a few days old already, and I just realized that I haven’t posted the numbers for December yet. At the end of the month, it’s been one year since I became a full-time writer–and what an incredible year! I spend the last month of 2014 mostly working to finish my nonfiction book, Goal Setting for Writers. I got some great feedback from my beta readers, and the manuscript is now with the editor. I also did a lot of research for my newest romance novel, Damage Control, which I started on January 1. I’m already 8,000 words …

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My one-year anniversary as a full-time writer

Today, it’s my one-year anniversary of going full time as a writer! Time sure does fly when you’re having fun. It’s been an amazing year, and I’m glad to say that I never regretted my decision even for a second. So, after 365 days of being a bona fide full-time writer, I think I’m qualified to answer the questions that I asked other full-time writers on my blog last year. How long have you been writing full-time? One year exactly! December 21, 2013, was my last day of working as a psychologist, and I started writing full time the day …

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Writing hours in November 2014

Hard to believe that it’s already December and Christmas is just three weeks away. Maybe it would help if we had any snow to make it feel more like the holiday season, but so far, not a single snowflake in sight over here, just dreary, damp weather. Well, it’s good weather for staying in and writing, though. November has been another productive month. I slayed the word count dragon during NaNoWriMo, finishing the vampire novel Good Enough to Eat that I’m co-authoring with Alison Grey. Yes, you heard that right. Our little novella did indeed turn into a novel of 65,000 …

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A Day in the Life of a Full-Time Writer

The one-year anniversary of my transition to full-time writing is quickly approaching, and it makes me think about how much my life has changed. So I thought I would blog about a typical day in the life of a full-time writer—if there even is such a thing. Each day is different, which is part of the fun, but I try to keep a certain structure. So here’s what I did yesterday. I never set an alarm clock, but my inner clock wakes me at the same time every day, usually around 7:15 a.m. I get up, change into my work …

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Writing hours in October 2014

I’ve been waiting with bated breath for October, because that meant my newest lesbian romance, Under a Falling Star, would be published. It’s been out for just a few days now, and it’s already number 1 in the Kindle bestseller list for lesbian fiction and lesbian romance. So I’d say October was a really good month for me. I finished the translation of Conflict of Interest. The title of the German version is “Auf schmalem Grat,” which roughly translates to “a fine line.” My co-author Alison Grey and I are also making good progress on our vampire novella, Good Enough …

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Writing hours in September 2014

It’s October already; can you believe it? Here in Germany, summer is definitely over, even though we’re having a few sunny days here in the Southwest. As always, I’ve been keeping busy, and I’m already making writing plans for 2015. When my publisher saw what I intend to get done next year, she asked me, “When will you be sleeping?” This month, I put the finishing touches on my upcoming novel Under a Falling Star, which will be published in late October, and I’ve worked on translating my novel Conflict of Interest into German. Have I mentioned that Dawn and …

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My Writing Process

I was invited to participate in the #MyWritingProcess blog tour by fellow writer and editor R.G. Emanuelle. Every author answers the same four questions about her or his writing process and then tags someone else to continue the blog tour. So here are my answers: #1 What am I working on? I used to work on only one thing at the time, but it seems those times are long past. I just finished the edits of food romance short story “Whining and Dining” today. It will be published in the anthology All You Can Eat: A Buffet of Lesbian Romance …

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Writing Hours in April 2014

It’s hard to believe that it’s May already–which means just one more month until I’m traveling to the US to do some research, meet friends I haven’t met in person yet, and go to the GCLS conference in Portland! April has been a pretty great month for me. Conflict of Interest has been published and is selling well. And now that I’m through with moving and furniture assembly, I thankfully have more time to write. I added 25,000 words to my new novella, Departure from the Script, which by now has grown into an (albeit short) novel. Departure from the …

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Writing hours in March 2014

Wow, what a month! I recently moved into a new (bigger) apartment. Even though it’s in the same house where I lived before, it’s insane how much work was involved, so I again didn’t get as much writing done as I would have liked. When I thought a full-time writer would write full time, I must have been delusional Still, I can’t complain too much. After all, I published a new novel, Cabernet und Liebe, (the German translation of Something in the Wine), wrote a new short story (which will be published in an anthology edited by Andi Marquette and …

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