I will soon be finished with “The Bridegroom”, and I must confess, that makes me a little blue. I just hate saying good-bye to characters I’ve grown to love and admire; after all, Lydia and Gideon and I have been through thick and thin together.
Sure, there will be the revision period. There will be several more swipes through the manuscript as the publishing process gets underway, in fact. But, dern it, it won’t be quite the same. Sending in a book produces a sort of ’empty nest syndrome’ in me–it’s as if I’ve raised a crop of boisterous, beloved children, and now they’re going out into the world to make it on their own.
The space around the computer is always a little quiet after they go.
But, then, I’ll be starting a NEW story right after my tour–“The Christmas Bride”, a gift hardcover targeted for the holiday season of 2009. It’s a great story–the hero is Lincoln Creed, ancestor of Logan, Dylan and Tyler—
OK, I can do this. I can let Gideon and Lydia go, because Lincoln and Juliana are already waiting in the wings, eager to tell their story. After that, it will be Ashley and Jack, a modern Stone Creek story to be published as a Silhouette Special Edition called “Ashley’s Christmas.” And after THAT—the Texas McKettricks!
Thanks for listening.