I’m back!

First, I’d like to apologize for my long absence here.  Know that you weren’t forgotten.  As mentioned in a previous post, I’ve been busy.  Very busy, in fact, and now that I have a spare moment to catch everyone up, here I am.

The good news is that I haven’t stopped writing.  In fact, over the past two years, I’ve put out three more novels.  Bad news is that they weren’t part of my historical series or even in the same genre.  I know this is a letdown for many of you, but I promise, I won’t leave you hanging.  Books three and four of the Lambourne Legacy are started, they just have to be finished.  Historical fiction takes an exorbitant amount of time to research and I didn’t have the time to devote to the series.  I didn’t want to put out stories that were half-assed either, so consider this as a favor to you all.  I’m sure if I had rushed through them, I would have seen more negative remarks than good reviews and I just can’t do that to my loyal readers.

That being said, you will get your time with Carson and Lilianne.  I promise.  I want to see them as much as you do.  I just needed a break from that crazy family in order to pursue other interests in writing.  For those interested, the three books I’ve released since 2015 are sci-fi romance.  You can find them at my other site, VikkiRomano.com.

I also have a fun book coming out this year.  “Devil in the Details”, which is a novella I am writing for Desiree Holt’s Omega Team Kindle World.  I will be sure to post released info once it’s available on both.

In what spare time I can carve out between book events and other projects, I promise I will hook up with Carson and Lilianne and get their stories out there for you and finally finish up that series. Who knows, after so much time away, perhaps I’ll have fresh eyes and want to share even more or add a new series.  You never know.

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Quality over quantity…

NaNoWriMoNovember is Nanowrimo month.  Most readers won’t know what that is, but to writers, it’s a month of excitement and stress.  Nanowrimo, or National Novel Writing Month, is a special event that challenges writers to write 50,000 words in one month.  Now, again, to a reader that may not seem like such a horrible plight but to writers it can cause anxiety and so much distress that they can’t write at all.

Consider that an average novel runs about 70,000 words.  And consider that greats like Stephen King write 1,500 words per day. And…. consider that most writers have full time day jobs, families, commutes, and chores like eating and showering that detrimentally eat up hours of their days.  This usually leaves very little time to write, let alone spit out 1,500 words in one sitting.

For me, that’s 6 pages of words, nearly a full chapter since my chapters range in the 8-9 page area. It may not seem like a lot, but again, to readers, I’m sure you think stories magically pour out of us, hence the demand for more and more books, which brings me to my real topic here.

I spent this past weekend with two author friends of mine.  One has just released her first book, the other, who has published non-fiction in the past, is finishing her first fiction novel, but both mentioned something that has also plagued me:  With the advent of e-publishing, pressure to release books more actively is becoming something of a necessity.

Readers demanding books immediately are pushing writers to pump out books on a quicker schedule.  It used to be that a writer would get a book deal, have up to a year to complete it and then it would get sent out for edits and production.  Now, as statistics go, readers won’t actively read an author unless they have a backlist of titles.  So that leaves many of us on a hook.

I’m a slow writer in comparison.  More on that year track.  I can get out a couple of chapters a month if I cut off my family and friends and really buckle down, but that is only done in extreme circumstances – like now where I have a deadline to get my currently incomplete book to the editor in a month.  That means writing every spare moment I get, which means I don’t eat much or speak to many people.  Which means by the end of the process, I’m pretty burnt out and fragile.

Without the demands, that would be fine.  A writer would take a few weeks to rest and recharge their creative juices before starting another project.  Except now a writer is expected to blog, Facebook, tweet and PR the heck out of everything they are producing in order to make any kind of living.  That means that before, during and after writing, you have to also be active on social media, which in turn shortens the amount of time you have for stuff like, I don’t know, a life.

And it gets better.  With eBooks flooding the market and readers demanding a backlist, most A list and B list writers are expected to crank out some 3 books per year, or more.  3 books.  That 210,000 words ( or more) per year.   And what do readers get?  Well, in my opinion, they get crap.  And I have heard this from so many friend, writers and readers alike, that it can’t be coincidence.

One friend who gushes about her favorite author and reads all of her books recently told me she hurriedly picked up her new book and could only get through half of it.  She said it just fell flat and seemed canned.  And I have heard this about other books whose authors are forced to crank out book after book.

How are writers expected to research or even think about writing and put any amount of emotion into it if it’s becoming a chore? I mean, I refuse.  I’d rather have a handful of fans who are willing to wait for a new book every year and get something with depth and substance than something they’re going to quit reading because it comes off as rushed drivel.  I put too much effort into my craft to shortchange my readers and have them walk away unsatisfied.

We’re here to tell stories and to give our readers some entertainment.  We aren’t writing robots, but like everything, we’ve become a commodity.  To be traded and pushed for higher earnings.

Well, I refuse.  Quality over quantity.  And I’m standing firm.

With Spring comes new beginnings…

It’s been a while since I’ve posted.  The extended winter we’ve been having has put a huge damper on Spring activities and it’s hard to get yourself motivated to do anything when you can’t get out of the house.

Though “Race for the Sun”, Carson’s story and the next installment of the Lambourne Legacy, is in process I have also begun writing in a different genre all together.  Sci Fi.

Sci Fi has been a love of mine since I was a kid and being the tech geek that I am, it’s just something I understand.  It’s an intrinsic part of my life in all aspects.  Don’t know why it never dawned on me to write in that genre, but I’ve started and I’m really enjoying it.  It’s a breath of fresh air after writing romance for so many years.

No worries, I won’t leave romance entirely.  Keep an eye out for the last two Lambourne books as well as another I hope to release in the medieval realm.

With that in mind, I thought I would share an interview I recently did with Chanel Blake.  Enjoy!