I ask you on this glorious eighth day of September what sort of idiot ventures out into a storm, stands alone at the highest peak of a hill, and waits with their arms raised to heaven for lightning to strike while all the fierce wind and rain pound at them?
The answer: Me!!!!!! You ask why? What foolishness would induce someone to behave in such a manner? It is because I call myself a writer. Every morning I wake to the whirling turmoil of my life and instead of hiding in bed, escaping to a spa, or just giving up and going with the flow of that storm, I single myself out and climb that solitary peak to my computer and wait for lightening to strike. The wind, thunder, and rain (kids, hubby, pets, and the other million things that conspire against me) try and force me down from that prominent point, but I hold tenaciously to the keyboard and pray for that light of brilliance to strike so that I can put words onto the page and turn them into a story.
And that’s exactly what I am doing this morning with both the blog (you can tell that the light of brilliance has yet to strike) and for the book I am currently writing BRIDE OF THE WOLF, even though its my birthday and I’d rather be spoiling myself with something fun. Maybe you all can send positive lightning juju my way because at the moment my shapeshifting hero Navarre, a Shadowmen Warrior from the spirit world is blind and injured and chained in the evil Vladarian Vampire’s dungeon while my heroine, Marissa is being forced to wed the vampire because her brother’s life depends upon her cooperation. I am waiting for lightning to strike to figure out how I’m going to get them out of this predicament and finish the rest of the book in twenty-two days while the storm around me in life seems to be growing to hurricane strength. It is hurricane season after all and we sure are taking a pounding this year.
Sigh. Nothing is ever simple, is it? But isn’t that why we love romance and story, especially paranormal shapeshifting romance, because it isn’t simple. There are major complications, and huge hurdles to overcome. Yet the hero and the heroine fight the storm, climb that peak to love, but instead of waiting for lightning to strike, they make their own special lightning.
So this morning as each of you face your day, I ask who else is out there climbing their special peak and waiting for lightning to strike? It doesn’t have to be writing. There are millions of things. Let me know and if you’re wanting to know more about my hunky, shapeshifting Shadowmen, you can check out the series. Touch a Dark Wolf book 1, Lure of the Wolf book2, are already out. Kiss of Darkness will be out 4/09 and Bride of the Wolf will be out 5/09.
Meanwhile, I’ll keep writing and I hope you all will keep reading.
Jennifer St. Giles