I've been on some tight deadlines lately, made all the tighter by having to work out the kinks in my new job while meeting those deadlines. I just turned in the revisions for my June 2014 Superromance, All for a Cowboy, a week ago and now I'm free to catch up on...well...everything.
I made some inroads into the housework last weekend and now I'm doing my best to organize my sewing room so that I can stitch the occasional seam without tripping over things I stacked in the area to "get it out of the way". I'm currently sewing a dress for my son's lovely girlfriend to wear to the Dicken's Fair in San Francisco this month. Tonight I tackle the crinoline. The dress wasn't too difficult, but the crinoline--oy! It's like wrestling...I don't know...two miles of stiff fabric? Yes. That's it. (If you'd like to see how the first stage of the dress went to together, I have photos here.)
In addition to sewing, I'm plotting new stories for Superromance and thinking very seriously of expanding my writing horizons by venturing into historical western romances. I live in the perfect setting--Overland Trail, Transcontinental Railroad, Pony Express--and have long loved history, so it seems like a good fit. Plus I get to continue writing cowboys.
I ordered a couple research books, which came today, and I'm excited to dive in. I'm also intimidated. I know how to write contemporary people with contemporary thoughts, but if I write historical romance, I must become familiar with the mores of the day, so as to avoid having contemporary characters in a historical setting. I foresee a lot of work ahead of me, but I'm game for the challenge. It's time to stretch the brain and try something new.
In parting, I'd like to say congratulations to Jennifer Faye for her RT Reviewer's Choice nominations! Go Jennifer!
Harlequin Superromance author Jeannie Watt lives in rural Nevada and writes fast-paced, character driven stories set in the western United States. Her next book, Cowgirl in High Heels, is a January 2014 release. To find out more about Jeannie and her books, please visit her website.