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The Words Didn’t Flow, So I Switched Genres

It wasn’t easy to finish Storm Watch, which completed the Unfinished Business paranormal series. The novel was essentially done and just needed editing. Or so I thought. I realized the pacing was off and some scenes were not fully developed. It was a struggle to stay focused and progress was very slow. At one point, I believed it would be my last novel, but working with Laurie Sanders, a truly wonderful developmental editor, kept me going until I got enough momentum to get to The End.

True, I was bogged down with the ever challenging day job and family issues, but that had never stopped me from writing before. In fact, writing helped me get through some tough times because I could immerse myself in a make believe world instead of languish in the real one.  I thought it was because I was writing the last book in the series…

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Writer’s Block Or Creative Hibernation?

I haven’t written anything substantial since NaNoWriMo ended-fiction wise or otherwise. Part of the problem was planning for deployment to Puerto Rico on a medical mission, which required a lot of energy and planning for what was a real life disaster as opposed to plotting a fictional one. It was a little spooky that Hurricane Maria was a “high end” Category 4 storm, like Hurricane Edward in Storm Watch. But while I do believe in synchrony, the novel was written over a year ago, inspired by real life experiences. Politics aside, the frightening escalations in the severity of storms over the past few years came home to roost when Hurricanes Irene and Sandy ( both Category 3 storms) hit New York City and had us on our backs for about a month each. That, and my childhood experiences with hurricanes,  were the fiction fodder for Storm Watch.

Natural disasters…

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