Yep, I'm that guy...
That woman, really. But for some reason, I developed an attachment to referring to everyone from my dogs, to myself, to inanimate objects as that guy. Kind of like everything that ever has happened in the universe occurred the other day. This may be due to laziness - I can't be bothered to recall the actual date or time said thing or event - or it's a result of my, ahem, struggle with focus.
Literally, that's me. (Okay, fine, figuratively)
My whole life can be summed up by my childhood report cards.
"Would do so well, if only she'd stop daydreaming..."
"...if she'd only apply herself."
"Inattentive, flighty, has trouble staying on task..."
I drank that Kool-Aid for years, my friends. Years. Accepted that I'm a non-finisher, flakey. Shrugged my shoulders and thought, I can't. And then I stopped. I poured a glass of Get the Hell Over It with a garnish of They're Not The Boss Of Me, and I started making my brand of crazy work for me.
Obviously, that's the Cliff Notes version.
But you get the idea. I am frequently unfocused and I'm okay with it. Being unfocused has allowed me to raise two kids, get through two divorces (third times a charm, y'all) volunteer for every school PTA thing there was, work as a floral designer for fifteen years, get my real estate license, work in commission-based retail (for a hot minute) become a child care provider, refinish furniture, learn how to crochet, oh, and write and publish eight novels, three novellas, a writer's guide to writing, publishing, and promoting for beginners, and a handful of children's books. There's some stuff I did the other day, too, but I can't remember.
I apologize for the humblebrag.
But for the girl voted Most Likely To Be A Malibu Beach Bum (okay, maybe not a real category, but if it was...) I am damn proud of what my little monkey brain has accomplished. Thanks to that little, 'Look, a squirrel' voice, I have three book projects in the works, which I'd like to give you a quick peek into.
Comes with an explanation. When I wrote books one and two of Welcome to Chance (Mae's Cafe and A Season To Remember) I self-published. At the time, it felt right. Then, on a whim, I decided to submit them to my publisher for consideration. Lo and behold, they said they wanted to put me under contract. Yippie...and damn. This meant I had to pull the books from sales distribution, right when they started to gain a tiny bit of momentum. All good, though. It's great news & I'm very happy. Re-release for Mae's Cafe will likely be in the spring, and A Season To Remember (with a new title) will be out soon after. As the edit process commences, I'm also writing Book Three (untitled as of yet).
Okay, this guy is really different. I'm not even sure what sub-genre it falls under yet! It's working title is Willa Unraveled and it's about a young woman who believes the Archangel Michael has been coming to her in her dreams. Her family thinks she's become unhinged and send her to a discrete facility in Connecticut called Havenway to 'cure' her. Things become complicated when Maxwell shows up at Havenway, and Dr. Morante - charged with unraveling the mystery of Willa - begins to question everything he thought he knew.
Okay, now THIS is the guy you may be most interested in because YOU get to name a character in the story! The Two Tenley's is a projected fall release about two women who get caught in a life-changing case of mistaken identity when they both show up in the same doctor's office and get each other's test results. This sets off a series of events on their very separate, very different lives and sparks both adventure and soul searching for both.
Tenley Harper is the thirty-six-year-old daughter of retired pro wrestling champ, Charlie The Hurrican Harper. She's a free-spirited, modern-day hippy who refuses to commit to anyone or anything. Or can she?
Tenley (Lee) Harper is a small-town school teacher married to her college sweetheart. Her life is orderly, organized, and predictable. Until she decides to go off the rails, that is. The doctor's news has changed everything on an instant and she's ready for the adventure of a lifetime. Or is she?
So, here's what I need... help me name one of the wrestlers in Tenley's inner circle. He's like an uncle to her. Picture every wrestler you've ever seen - big, gruff, loud, and larger than life. Creative, funny, cliche... anything you can think of! I'll also need a name for Tenley's absent mother, who she believes died when she was born. Thanks and good luck!
I make light of the challenges with ADD (as I now know it to be) because I've made it to the other side. I still get frustrated by my struggle to stay on task and the constant chatter in my brain and have to give the reminder to take a step back and just be kind to myself. I explained it this way to my husband once while in a sports bar. I said, "See how all of this TV's are playing different channels all at once around us? That's what the inside of my brain looks like." Of course, it's not sports in there, but stories and songs and movies and more (oh, my). Another upside? I'm never, ever bored.
So, if you, kind reader, find that this resonates with you, I hope you see it as the overall blessing it is. We're not flighty, we're multi-taskers. As a side note, I'm honored to say thanks to my beautiful author tribe, I understand now that I am far from an anomaly. Many (most?!) writers are scattered. It's what keeps the stories coming. I can't explain what a relief it is to know I'm not alone.
If you're curious about what my monkey brain has created, all of my books are HERE. And here's a peek at some more covers.
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