It was a Dark and Stormy night #3
Thanks for having me, Viv.
When Viv asked me to be her guest and said the theme was storms, I have to admit that it took me a long time to sit down and think what I would write about. There are no storms in my books. Yet. Although I admit, in my upcoming Texas Tangle, there are a lot of emotional storms, especially for two of the characters. But that’s a story for another day.
Then I remembered one storm we had a couple years ago. There’d been a lot of storms up here that summer—at least two a week. Not the big raging storms that people in Louisiana and the deep south are used to, and none spawned any tornadoes in these parts, though we did lose a few trees. No, these were just enough that I would turn off my computer, grab a book and park myself in my chair in the family room to wait it out. I read a lot that summer. This particular storm hung over the area for a couple of hours. It was quite spectacular with lots of dark clouds and heavy rain, bright flashes of lightning that made me jump in my chair, followed by long rumbling growls of thunder that faded into the distance.
Every time I’d think it was done, I’d start to return to my office only to have another crack of lightning flash nearby. Two hours later, I finally convinced myself it was past and let myself go back in the office and turn on the computer. Now my desktop is getting on in years and takes a while to load, even back then. So often my email notification program loads long before I can open any program. Sure enough on that day, little snippets of the emails that had arrived while I was watching that storm flashed in the right hand corner of the screen while everything was loaded. I sat straight up in my chair when I saw that I’d received an email from Samhain Publishing’s executive editor.
Any author can tell you of the sudden strange obsession about checking their email that overcomes you when you’re waiting for a response to a submission. The fear that it’ll be a ‘thanks but no thanks’ rejection, or the excitement that maybe, just maybe, it’ll say ‘I loved it. Here’s a contract.’ But dang it all, the program only showed me single line teasers, and it gave me no hint of whether it was a yay or nay. I’m pretty sure the air in my office turned several shades of blue while I cursed both the storm and the slowness of my computer while I waited for it to finish booting up.
Long story short (too late, I can hear Viv murmuring as she posts this) seven months later, my first erotic novella, Private Property, was released. That was followed by Personal Protection which has just been released into print. Who knew that thunder and lightning could bring such good news instead of the bad news normally associated with them?
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