Before I started making things up for a living, I had a glamorous version of what it’s like to be a romance author in my head. I imagined they lounged about their cavernous homes wearing a feather boa and kitten-heeled mules. (Ok, I can get caught up in a cliche as easily as the next person!) They bestirred themselves to write only when the Muse struck and spent the rest of the day contemplating the cabana boy’s speedo.
After writing full time for 7 years now, I can truthfully say, “Not so much.”
I’m happily married to my college sweetheart. We have two daughters who make us proud and two little dogs who keep us going back to obedience school. If I was a reality show, I’d be canceled for lack of drama. All the angst and catastrophe and scary excitement in my life takes place between the pages of my books.
My typical day is just that–typical. I rise early and noodle a bit on Twitter & Facebook. If I have a blog post to do for my website, that’s when I knock it out. After I chauffeur the DH to work (yep, we’re a one car family!), I hit the writing chair to work on my current novel, which is a Scottish Christmas story. I know it seems odd to have my head in 16th century Scotland with characters celebrating Yule while the flowers are rioting around our condo building here in New England. But my imaginary world is just as real to me as what’s going on in real life, so it’s beginning to look like Christmas in my head.
This book, which doesn’t have an official title yet, will come out in October 2014. (Watch my Coming Next page for more info!) I return from my fictive dream of Scotland from time to time to take Mack & Harry out for “squirrel patrol” in the park around our building. Watching HGTV when I break for lunch is my guilty pleasure. I do housework and a bit of cleaning at intervals. If someone has told you this is writing avoidance, they lie! She also writes whose hands are nowhere near a keyboard. I’ve been known to do dialogue improv while I fold laundry. And plotting while unloading the dishwasher is all part of my evil plan.
Once I pick up the DH from work, I’m done for the day too.
Disappointed that my life isn’t more glitzy? I’m not. The normalcy of it makes the wackiness that happens in my head when I’m writing sort of balance out.
And that’s important because I’m in this career for the long haul. Speaking of which, I want to share that I’m about to hit a publishing milestone.
My 20th book will come out from Kensington Zebra on August 27th.
I’m excited about this story for a number of reasons (and not just because it’s #20.) I love the characters, the Scottish castle setting, the mysterious curse that’s set in motion. Plaid to the Bone is an enovella prequel to my Spirit of the Highlands series. The incomparable Hannah Howell gave me a cover quote for it and called it “a wonderful tale!” Here’s the blurb:
A Bride comes to Bonniebroch
Adam Cameron, laird of Bonniebroch, didn’t expect his bride to turn up at his castle so soon after their arranged marriage was settled. But the daughter of his former enemy is comely beyond the common, so he’s counting his blessings. Unfortunately, Adam doesn’t know the lovely Cait Grant has sworn to kill her new husband with a blood oath that will set a terrible curse in motion if she fails.
But Cait never counted on falling in love with the man her father had taught her to hate.
I’m planning a big 20Days/20Books Celebration on my website when Plaid to the Bone comes out so save the date (August 27th!) and plan to drop by each day thereafter. We’ll have daily giveaways –free reads from me and my writer friends–culminating with the Grand Prize of a new Kindle to one lucky reader who leaves a comment on my blog sometime between August 27th-September 15th. I hope you’ll be able to join me at MiaMarlowe.com.
But let’s start the giveaways early, shall we? I’ll give three of today’s commenters my popular “How To” series–3 full length historical novels in a one glorious romp of a book bundle. The topic is Book Covers. Do you prefer guy only, man chests, clinches, gorgeous gowns, headless torsos, girl only… In 20 books, I’ve had them all. Click over to my book page and take a minute to look over all of them. Then come back here and leave the title of your favorite cover as your comment.