A little over a week ago, I fell victim to some kind of bug. Within 12 hours of that first moment when I wondered if I was coming down with a cold, I was running a high temp, shivering from chills, and generally aching all over. It kept up for about 36 hours. Trust me, I did not have time for such nonsense (not to mention I had my flu shot and just didn’t think I should get sick!). I was still sniffing and blowing as I headed off to Missouri to lead a women’s retreat. Thankfully, my energy increased enough and my head cleared up enough that I wasn’t a total bust as a speaker. (Or so they sweetly told me.)
Now I am home again and playing catch-up. Having lost over a week of writing time, I’ll have to dive back into the book tomorrow. Trouble is, my edits are due any day for the previous story, so I may dive into WTHL series Book #3, only to have to stop in a matter of hours or days and go back to work on WTHL series Book #2.
It’s that way for many “working writers” (by which I mean novelists under contract to publishers with multiple due dates, etc.). By the time a book is released to the public, I have finished one and possibly two other stories. Other heroes and heroines and eras fill my thoughts. And when I am halfway through a book, it isn’t always easy to drag myself out of that story world and return to the previous book’s story world, particularly if they are very different in setting and/or tone. But that’s what is required, so somehow I do it.
On a different subject, Heart of Gold got a great review from Romantic Times Book Club Magazine: “Hatcher has written a fast-paced, action-packed historical romance with memorable characters who try to figure out what they want and where they belong. Her historicals truly shine with her knowledge and research. Readers will be hooked from the first sentence and this book will reside on plenty of keeper shelves.”