For the past few months I've been working on a contemporary romance set in Aspen. It's a nice change of pace to write about characters with modern problems, and I'm really enjoying the intimacy of writing in the first person. However, just this past week one of my characters from the Valencourt series popped into my head and demanded I write her story. I had planned to do it in the future, but it's unwise to ignore the muse when chapter after chapter just comes to you. There's a good chance the scenes won't be there if I put them off for another time. So it's back to the Gilded Age for me for now. Jacqueline Valencourt's story should be done in the next few months if the words continue to flow. She's my most boldest heroine yet and not at all intimidated by my proper English duke hero so I'm having fun with it.
After a lovely summer vacation spent hiking in Aspen with my family, I'm off and running with a new series set in Regency England. As with my Valencourt series, there will be a courageous and clever heroine, an extraordinary dark hero, heartbreak, suspense, humor, and sensuality. I know it sounds like a lot to promise. That's why it takes me many, many months to write a book.
After much research about the time period and my characters' backgrounds (and endless outlining), I'm really enjoying writing the nearly calamitous scene of their first meeting. I wish I could say more, but I don't like to give away plot details until the book is actually published. Given the amount of work I put into a book, it would be disheartening to see my ideas appear elsewhere.
I will say it's so exciting to reach that point in my understanding of my characters that I can actually hear them think. They become so real that writing their thoughts and actions becomes second nature. This is what I love most about being a romance novelist. I can't wait to share more about my writing process with my readers as the story progresses. Hopefully, the book will be finished by January, 2016.