Nature of the Pack is out!

I have a new short story out today! “Nature of the Pack” is a companion story to my paranormal romance True Nature. In True Nature, human Rue and shape-shifter Kelsey went through a lot and both matured during the course of the novel. But there are still obstacles they need to overcome to build their life together—among other things, Kelsey needs to convince her alpha parents that her place is with Rue. I hope you will enjoy accompanying Kelsey through that adventure too. “Nature of the Pack” is available as an e-book on Amazon, but it will soon also be …

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Writing hours in October

Another month is over. Just seven more weeks until I give up my job and start being a full-time writer. I’m starting to count the days… As is the norm for me, October was a busy month. My new novel, True Nature, has been published, and the sales numbers are incredible, so that’s very encouraging for next year, when I will make a living writing. I wrote every day in October, mainly working on revising my novel Hidden Truths, which will be published next spring, and translating Something in the Wine into German. I also wrote a Christmas short story …

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True Nature is finally available!

My latest novel, True Nature, has finally been published today! And when I say finally, I mean FINALLY. I first started working on True Nature in December 2010 and finished the first draft in April 2011. Then I planned on putting the manuscript aside for a few weeks while I waited for my beta readers to catch up. In the meantime, I wanted to write a short story. A short story which ended up as a 100,000-word novel titled Something in the Wine. Then I switched publishers and started to republish my “old” novels. So in the end, two years …

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Writing hours in June

I spent most of June with my shape-shifters. Fictional ones, of course. I finished the last revisions of Second Nature, wrote a new short story for Natural Family Disasters (a shape-shifter anthology), and started revising True Nature, the sequel or rather spin-off to Second Nature. I put that manuscript aside when I had the idea for a short story in summer 2011… One year later, that short story had turned into a full-blown novel titled Something in the Wine. So it’s been two years since I last looked at True Nature and can now take a more objective look at …

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Cocktail Hour

I’ve been a guest on the Cocktail Hour last night (well, evening for me, but early afternoon for Andy & The Rev). In their fun podcast, they discuss lesbian fiction and fanfiction. Sometimes, they have the author of the book they discuss on the show. And they always have a cocktail (or two, or three :-)). This show’s cocktail was the Sweet Tight Pussy– okay, this blog is now rated NC-17 because of a cocktail :-) My own cocktail was much more tame in alcohol content and name. It’s called “Police Control” (pineapple juice, cream, coconut syrup, grenadine, and chocolate …

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Revising True Nature

I’m in the middle of revising my work-in-progress, True Nature. And I don’t mean changing a sentence here and a comma there. I’m talking about the gory, elbow-deep-in-plot-problems kind of revisions. At times, it’s frustrating, but I’m also learning a lot, so I thought I would share what I’ve learned so far. The old saying really is true: Writing is rewriting. If you think your first draft is a perfectly publishable book, think again. And again. And again… If you have several beta readers or test readers, you’ll get conflicting advice, e.g., “I thought the end was dragging” vs. “The …

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The End

Wow, I can’t believe it. I just finished the first draft of my work in progress, True Nature. At one point, I thought it would be the first of my novels that ends up at under 100,000 words. Now, at barely over 125,000 words, it’s still the shortest novel I’ve ever written in English. I’ve been writing every day for the past 131 days, so it will be weird not to work on it tomorrow. I’ll put the story aside for a few weeks while I wait for my beta readers and test readers to catch up, then I’ll get …

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Hundred days…

Today is day 100 since I started working on my newest novel, True Nature. Since True Nature is a pretty fast-paced book, I estimated it to end up around 100,000 words (compared to the 140,000 to 180,000 of my other novels), and it seems that estimation was fairly accurate. I’m working on the climactic scene right now, and this is my word count: My main character is Kelsey Yates, a wolf-shifter, whom you met in Second Nature. Her love interest and main character number two, Rue Harding, is human. There seems to be a convention (or maybe it’s a cliché) …

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December’s resolution

The year 2011 is approaching fast, so it’s time to see how I’m doing with my resolution to write at least 30,000 words in December as my personal JaeNoWriMo. Here’s the word progress meter: By the way, I have no earthly idea if “True Nature” will really end up at 100,000 words. Right now, it looks like a realistic estimation, but compared to my other books, that would be a rather short novel for me. It’s too soon to tell. My daily output looks like this: So since I successfully stuck to my resolution to write 30,000 words in December, …

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JaeNoWriMo

November was NaNoWriMo — the National Novel Writing Month. By the way, congratulations to anyone who participated and made the 50,000 words! I didn’t participate this year because I was still doing research for my next novel. But now I’ve wrapped up my research and did some plotting and character profiles, so I’m ready to start writing. To keep me motivated, I thought I’d make December my personal NaNoWriMo — call it a JaeNoWriMo. Since December holds so many family obligations, I’ll try for a more modest goal than NaNoWriMo’s 50,000 words. My goal is to write 30,000 words in …

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