Some of you might remember a few months ago I was lamenting the fact that a book I'd written almost 100 pages of needed to be changed. Significantly changed. Like entire plot and characters changed. That's right, I'd used a few of those plot devices and elements that had been seriously overused. Good thing I'm not a big drinker, because that might have put me under numerous tables.
Can I just say, I've never been more happy to have to begin again?
Thanks to my awesome critique partners (Melinda Curtis and Cari Lynn Webb) who jumped on an emergency Skype session, what could have paralyzed me, ended up being one of the best writing experiences I've had since getting published. Instead of dreading the writing, I was excited to see what came next. There are days the most difficult thing for me to do is get my behind in the chair and write, but not in this case. Which tells me this is the story it was always meant to be. Love how life does that to you sometimes.
I'm not typically a plotter (boy, has that gotten me into trouble), but once I latched on to the idea that my new hero was a celebrity chef, a disgraced celebrity chef no less, the words just rolled out. Being able to tap into one of my main loves, cooking, cooking shows, and kitchens (even if mine is as outdated as bell bottoms and Candi's) left me clamoring to get the story out.
Hmmm. Maybe I'm not remembering this correctly. Maybe I've blocked things out. And...I'm thinking about ducking right now because it's quite possible some of my fellow authors might be ready to start stabbing me with pitchforks. So yeah, let's go with the idea that I've blocked out the banging of the head on the desk and the staring at the monstrous, mocking blinking cursor from another world and focus on the fact I was able to, for a while at least, live in my hero's head as a professional chef.
Once upon a time I considered going to cooking school. Then I saw how much that would cost and, well, okay, how hard those people work, and detoured to writing, where I could be anyone and anything I wanted for however long it takes me to write a story.
Abby and Jason's story was about more than cooking, obviously. I mean, it is a romance! It's also about to very different people, with two very different life experiences. Abby has always had all the support and love anyone would ever need while Jason's really only had his twin brother, a brother he recently lost in a plane crash. Bad decisions ensued, leaving Jason not only alone, but also lost. But by trying to outrun himself, he ends up finding where--and to whom--he really belongs. *sigh*
Man, I LOVE writing romance!
So I'm off to celebrate today...probably by working on a Christmas novella for later this year. It might not be coming as easy as RECIPE FOR REDEMPTION, but it doesn't matter. Writing is still the best job in the world!
How about you all? Ever had an experience that was supposed to go one way and turned around on you for the better? I'd love to hear! Share in the comments, please! :)
Now where's that cake...
Abby Manning has to take home first prize in an amateur cooking competition to save her town's landmark inn-and longtime home for her ailing grandmother. Too bad the Butterfly Harbor innkeeper is a complete disaster in the kitchen. Undeterred, Abby asks her latest guest to teach her the basics.
A family tragedy and ensuing scandal derailed Jason Corwin's high-profile career. But is the gifted celebrity chef going to let one mistake define the rest of his life? Add in a generous helping of mutual attraction and another burgeoning scandal, and it could be a recipe for star-crossed romance...or disaster, especially if a win for Abby costs Jason his professional future.
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A self-admitted TV and movie addict, former Golden Heart finalist Anna J Stewart writes sweet, mainstream contemporary, and romantic suspense. Visit her online at www.authorannastewart.com for more information on writer workshops, editing services, and to join her mailing list.