April 28, 2015

The Carter Kids

Hands down, the #1 question I get all the time is whether or not I'll be writing books for the kids. You know the ones... Jack & Cassie's kids.

And every time someone asks me that, I want to scream from the rooftops, YES! YES! OMG, HELL TO THE YES!!!!! 

But if I did that, the next question would be... WHEN? WHEN? WHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEN??????

And that's the thing about me as a writer.... I simply cannot force my stories. I can't make them come to life in my mind just because I think I'm ready to start writing them. There are a lot of other writers out there who map out their year; they know exactly what they'll be writing and when and I see those lists and always wonder how on Earth they can possibly do that?  Because I have a list of books I want to write (and yeah, they're even written down too)-  but I don't know WHEN they'll get written.

The honest to God truth is, I have at least (AT LEAST!) 10 books that are in various stages of being written on my computer. I can't make myself write this story or that one; I have to feeeeeeeeeeeeeeeel it. I add to those stories as they call to me...write pieces of them as I feel pulled too. It has to be ready to come out... almost like a birthing process. TMI? Probably, but it's still the cold hard truth when it comes to me and my writing style.

Until one of them demands all of my attention, my attention is scattered among all of them.

Trust me, I've tried to force certain stories out before. And it does.not.work. 
It creates more pain than pleasure;
more confusion than clarity;
more blocks than flow.

At least that's how it is for me.

So to answer all of your questions and your emails over the past year: YES, I want to write a story for Chance. Hell YES I want to write it. But I don't want to do it an injustice. I don't want to write his story for the sake of writing his story:  I want it to be authentic to Chance and his voice. I want it to be a good story... one worthy of your time and your excitement.  And mine as well.  Because he's a Carter for cripes sake. And Carter's deserve nothing less.  :) 

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