Guest Blogger’s January
Being an author is a lot of fun. I love that I get to experience unusual situations through the characters I write, and that I can share my inner world with readers. I love the act of crafting moods with words and the fact that I can work on my books in PJs.
But sometimes being an author can get really annoying, and no, I’m not talking about editing.
What really sucks sometimes is the inability to write all the books I want.
Not because someone would reject them, not because I might be tempted to censor my own ideas, but because writing takes time, and ideas keep coming, constantly lengthening the list of ‘to-do’ projects. Even as full-time authors, we are physically and mentally unable to keep up with all the plans that we have.
Sometimes, a tiny project sprouts something much bigger, like the short crossdressing-themed flash fic “Momma’s Boy” that left us with characters in need of an origin story. The resulting novella, “Under His Stiletto” was an easy write, perfect for a bit of downtime between two long novels, it unexpectedly snuck its way into our schedule. But how could we resist the temptation of giving our hot builder Mike and his strict crossdressing partner a love story of their own? Those two were so adorable and kinky at the same time that we found ourselves powerless.
Other times, life doesn’t go as planned, and that next 100K novel with heavy themes simply isn’t the thing you want to focus on. For example, I’m perfectly willing (and capable) to write when I get a cold, but in times like that, my preference is for lighter books. Sometimes, those smaller works provide the much-needed breathing space between long and plot-heavy books. This is how projects like “The Underdogs” come to life. “Manic Pixie Dream Boy”, which had been meant as a stand-alone, spontaneously became a series of three planned books, with the next one, “Just Here for the Pain” coming very soon.
And then there are those books that have been planned for ages but kept being neglected in favor of other projects. Often it’s because current series need to be prioritized so that readers don’t have to wait too long for the next chapter in the lives of characters they already know. But sometimes projects stay on the backburner because of prosaic issues. It’s no secret that books vary in their earning potential, and as full-time authors, we need to make sure our work pays the bills. Because of this, there’s only so many “risky” novels we can work on per year, and while this isn’t exactly an issue, since we love our more commercial books just as much, it is sad sometimes when a great idea has to wait for a long time until we get around to it.
“Laurent and the Beast” spent two years on the backburner, because it was an urban fantasy, and we weren’t certain how this genre would fare with our core readership. This book is our baby, and we’d have loved it even if it bombed, but it’s always a huge relief when the reader response is positive. The success of that novel opened the door for similar projects, such as a Poland-set urban fantasy that has been waiting for its turn for five years now, or a high fantasy novel about two knights that we are working on with a close friend.
Those factors might influence our decisions to reshuffle publishing plans, but at the end of the day there’s always a project to chase, always something on that “to-do” list that your heart wants to work on even though you literally can’t, because of the impossibility of packing more work into every twenty four hours.
It’s both frustrating and fantastic.
Just like that brand new trilogy about car thieves we came up with when out and about just yesterday. Great.
And now… A special cover reveal!
Under His Stiletto
Coming soon in February 2018
K.A. Merikan are a team of writers who try not to suck at adulting, with some success. Always eager to explore the murky waters of the weird and wonderful, K.A. Merikan don’t follow fixed formulas and want each of their books to be a surprise for those who choose to hop on for the ride.
K.A. Merikan have a few sweeter M/M romances as well, but they specialize in the dark, dirty, and dangerous side of M/M, full of bikers, bad boys, mafiosi, and scorching hot romance.