I’ve been a bit hesitant to write this post, worried how it may be received, knowing once I’ve committed to this there will be no excuse, no turning back. I’ll have accepted the challenge and it will be full steam ahead. Which is a bit daunting and a whole lot scary but, deep inside, I know it is the right thing to do at this point in my writing career.
So here’s the deal: I’m taking a break from writing historical romance.
Ack! Breathe, Kelly…breathe…
Let me explain. For over 15 years now, I’ve been writing western and regency historical romance and I have enjoyed it immensely. Who doesn’t love cowboys and dukes and rakes and outlaws? I’ve had a blast with my heroes and heroines and their stories and it’s been a great privilege having the opportunity to share them with you, the reader.
But I have now reached a point in my creative journey where I need to challenge myself beyond where I am now. To stretch my creative muscle in other areas and learn new things, new techniques, new styles that will help me become a better storyteller.
Where will this journey take me? Honestly, I have no idea. None. (Did I mention the daunting, scary part?) All I know is that I feel this need to push myself, to try something completely different. I’m going to wander a bit, traipse down the road less traveled, likely veer off in directions I haven’t taken before, loop back around a time or two and become completely lost along the way. That’s okay. A little adventure is good for the soul.
What does this mean for THE SINS & SCANDALS SERIES? Nothing, really. I will be completing the series first before I start wandering. Book 7, THE SWEETEST SIN, will be released August 9th, followed by a Book 8 (novella), A MOST SCANDALOUS CHRISTMAS in December 2016. The final full-length novel, A HINT OF SCANDAL will be out in Spring 2017. There is another novella in the series, however it doesn’t follow in sequence but rather deals with Madame Opal St. Augustine from Book 1, AN INVITATION TO SCANDAL. I’ve always wondered what happened to her and eventually plan to tell her story, but not right away.
I have a few ideas of where I plan to wander. I started a contemporary romance/women’s fiction story years ago and I have always wanted to go back and finish it. So that’s my plan to start with and then…well, then the adventure begins.
I’m taking approximately 5 months off to spend writing whatever I want. Whatever will help me improve my craft, stretch creatively and push myself outside of my comfort zone.
Am I giving up historical romance forever? No. I have a few more historical series I want to write (those Caldwell sisters keep bugging me to tell their stories), a contemporary series that may spin off the one I mentioned above, and maybe something completely different that I learn about while doing all that stretching and growing during my hiatus from structured, planned writing.
I hope you’ll come along for the ride.
But first — I’m preparing for the release of THE SWEETEST SIN (Aug) and my Harlequin Historical novella, CHRISTMAS IN SALVATION FALLS (Sep) and also writing the first draft of A MOST SCANDALOUS CHRISTMAS.
Today has proven to be a pretty good day all around.
For starters, it is part of a long weekend, and I do love my long weekends. I am currently overlooking the fact that it is gray and somewhat rainy. And by overlooking, I mean I’m in denial. But I digress. The really great part about this day is that I have finished all my uploads to Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, iBooks and CreateSpace for A SCANDALOUS PASSION – Book 2 in THE SINS & SCANDALS SERIES. It will take a few days for it to become live on most sites, but it’s already live on Amazon which makes for a happy day.
And the second part of the happy day is, that my editor from Harlequin sent me an email today with the title and release date for my second western historical. The first, SALVATION IN THE RANCHER’S ARMS is available for pre-order now and will be released August 2015. It’s follow up, SALVATION IN THE SHERIFF’S KISS will be released in February 2015 – just in time for Valentine’s Day.
So how am I going to celebrate all this good news? Wild party? Copious amounts of wine? Running through the streets shouting at the top of my lungs? No. Something even better. I’m going to spend a few hours this afternoon at the local coffee shop working on Book 3 in The Sins & Scandals Series, A SINFUL TEMPTATION.
Followed by wine and the requisite running through the streets.