Sometimes the words flow with ease and sometimes they don't. Sometimes I know exactly where a story is headed but I lack the time to sit down to work on it. I make notes, sometimes scribble scenes onto whatever scrap of paper is handy and try to keep those images in my head. Writing news, the occasional feature, and a weekly column is an entirely different thing than writing fiction. For one thing, novel length fiction requires ongoing care and feeding. If I let the story sit for a few days, I have to re-read to get back into the minds and hearts of the characters. Continuity is vital and if I must pause to refresh my memory, then the process takes longer.

Sometimes the words flow with ease and sometimes they don't. Sometimes I know exactly where a story is headed but I lack the time to sit down to work on it. I make notes, sometimes scribble scenes onto whatever scrap of paper is handy and try to keep those images in my head.  Writing news, the occasional feature, and a weekly column is an entirely different thing than writing fiction. For one thing, novel length fiction requires ongoing care and feeding. If I let the story sit for a few days, I have to re-read to get back into the minds and hearts of the characters. Continuity is vital and if I must pause to refresh my memory, then the process takes longer.
I have more than one work in progress at any given time plus many story starts, a paragraph or two to jump start my imagination at a later date or an outline of a tale I plan to write in the future.  Right now, I have three WIPS (works in progress).  I have working titles for each one but titles are subject to change, either when I find the right title for a particular piece or by publisher's choice.  If my publisher has another novel out with a similar name, it's likely they will expect a change.  Or, they may find a title of my devising less marketable than something catchier.  I've learned to search book titles before I settle on one because if I don't, I'll learn too late there are too many books with the same title.  One of my earlier novels had the title Love Never Fails.  I liked it.  It fit the work perfectly but after publication I learned there were several other novels with the same title.  I had one reader who bought a book written by a different author because she thought from the title, it was mine.  

One of my current works is set in Oklahoma, about a young lady who operates a family inn.  She fears tornadoes because of past personal experience but when a group of would-be chasers come to stay in her inn, one of them stands out.  Since I write romance, it's simple to see where that storyline will lead!

Another is about a heroine who's been accused of a murder she didn't commit.  She fled to her late grandparents' old home and found a new occupant.  The Native American military veteran has problems of his own but attraction leads to something deeper as he vows to protect her and help clear her name.

The one closest to completion is set in Neosho.  In it, my heroine moves to town to take over Caffeine Heaven, her brother's business.  He and his significant other are heading off to teach abroad, leaving Shea to settle into small town life.  A customer with a mysterious past intrigues and appeals.  

I'm often asked which book I've written is my favorite and I usually answer "the one I'm writing" because otherwise, it's like asking a parent to choose a favorite child.  I'm happy to recommend any of my titles but anyone interested might check out the shelves of the Neosho Newton County Library - several can be found there!