There was Vanessa, who was spoiled and lost and eversoslightly demanding (that's her cover right over there on the left). There was Monica who thought she had everything – a great career, a man waiting at home (that's her cover down below). And neither one would leave me along long enough to get a firm handle on Kathleen's story. So I started writing down bits of backstory for Vanessa and Monica in separate files – enough to keep them happy, not enough to take the spotlight away from Kathleen – and kept pushing forward.
The more I wrote down bits of Vanessa's and Monica's stories, the more I wanted to tell them. Not because I didn't love Kathleen, but because I loved Kathleen. She was getting her happily ever after and while her story was a fun one to tell, I felt badly that Vanessa and Monica were stuck in a kind of romance-limbo. So I fiddle a little more and wondering what could be the absolute worst thing that could happen for each of them.
And then I did what is probably the scariest thing I've ever done (at least so far): I sent my editor a proposal based on rough character sketches, a sample chapter and what can never be called actual synopsis' - and not just because the final drafts of the stories only loosely resemble them. The second scariest moment: when my editor emailed to say she loved the ideas and wanted me to write the stories. And attached two contracts to the email. Signing a contract for two books that were still mostly in my head? Freaky!
But, I wrote and wrote and revised and I did get to tell Vanessa and Monica's stories – and a little birdie tells me I may even have made my editor a little weepy at one point.
And this week, both of the books are being featured in part of Amazon's Big Deal for December - through December 22 you can pick up either Van's or Monica's stories (or, heck, both) for just 99 cents! That is a steal!