My next book, which should be finished around 1st June, 2015, is my first deviation away from the Waldorf Manor series since I became an author. But the story isn't new to me. I started writing this book when I was 13 years old. It started out as a story about twin girls who were sent back to England to live with their aunt and uncle after their parents died. Through circumstances alone, they are then sent to a girl's boarding school when their aunt and uncle are seconded to the continent for work. The story was about some dark things happening at the school and the relationship between Sam and Kate Bennett (recognise the last name?), but I stopped writing it after five years. I gave up. I'm not one to usually give up so I think I had to step away and do the acting thing for awhile until I knew that writing was where I wanted to be permanently. I still do voice-over acting as a British dialect where we live in the US and I miss musical theatre more than I can say, but to be able to rediscover a book I started as a young teenager and rework it into something to be enjoyed by this niche market fifteen years later is a real honour. The original story about the twin sisters and their time away at school is now a different book and in progress, scheduled to be released later this year or early 2016. I'm actually still debating on the title. I don't know if I want to keep it Sam's Silence or the original title of Gap Year. Since I am not a 'plotter' and don't plan *any* aspect of my books before starting the writing process (nor do I plan at any point as I carry on working), and am instead a 'pantser' I really can't say which title until I see where these characters take me. As I've said before, I just show up and start typing. They know where they're going and what the story is. It's usually news to me! #authorproblems I know
I'll make this short and sweet . . . my fifth book and the next in the Waldorf Manor series is DONE! It's the only one that took more than three months. In fact, it took ten. I have a low tolerance this time around for any kind of moaning about what people wished happened instead of what I just spent almost a year writing. Just enjoy it.
In the next 24 hours I will be decided whether I move straight on to book six in the series or if I take a wee break and write a different book and come back to the series. I need to make that decision based on my functioning after the kind of work schedule I've been keeping. And for those of you who don't know, I'm back in England. I've been here for a week now and I'm staying until 27th May. I worked on the plane whilst everyone else slept on the flight over and one of the Virgin Atlantic girls (who is adorable and I love her and we exchanged emails) made mention of it when they delivered breakfast at 5am. Such is the life. I love being able to write on the train and being back makes it feel as though time is less wasted. It takes 56 minutes to get to St. Pancras from where I'm staying and if I go up to London, let's say, to have dinner with Uncle David (WHERE I WAS EXTREMELY WELL BEHAVED AND YOU'RE VERY WELCOME!) then that's almost two more hours that would otherwise be difficult in a car. The trains have tables and I always get a table. Bella's spot. Thank you very much. I don't miss our car at all.
I came back to England because the miscarriage made it difficult to continue staring at the same walls as I tried to carry on working. I only had two days off and then I jumped back in, although it felt like I was running round in circles and taking more steps backward than forward. Concentration has been a privilege and I knew I needed a change of scenery. So here I am, trying to live my life and schedule as it has been with a different set of walls and better coffee shops. This book has been hell to write because the past year has been difficult. There are expectations to live up to and Amazon rankings to obsess over now. I need to get back to the mindset that I first had when 'The Solicitation' was written and that's, 'if they don't like it, oh well.' Life changes when you write a series and gain a readership. I've learned a lot about that because I've only ever written a series. I don't even know what it's like to write a book that has nothing to do with Brayden or Alice. There is no shortage of stories to come without my beloved Waldorf babies but as I say, it will be a new concept. I will announce the release date as soon as I know it.
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