Monday, November 28, 2011
Liz's Lair: Please Welcome Mystery Author Rochelle Staab
Please help me give a wonderful M & M welcome to my friend and fellow Book Cents Babe, Rochelle Staab. I met Rochelle at a conference a few years ago, and we quickly became fast friends. She's like the author you want to hate but can't. I like to tease her by saying she took one stinking class, wrote one book, finaled in the GH, got an agent and sold before you could say "helluva" author. There was a little more blood, sweat, and tears involved, but not much. Her talent quickly shot her right to the top. She's here today talking about her whirlwind month. ( I tried to warn her!)
Writing Through the Holidaze
Hi everyone! I’m so happy to be here with my friends at M&M, enjoying the post-Thanksgiving leftover afterglow, ready for the next four weeks of ho-ho-holy-cow-it’s-the-holidays.
The seasonal jollies blew into town this year like a hurricane, splattering every street, mall, lawn, and TV commercial with red, green, white, or blue (four colors I won’t be wearing between December 26 and February 1). Radio stations are chirping out nostalgic holiday songs to sing along with (until December 25 when The Little Drummer Boy will pound on my nerves). The world is filled with cheery promises of magic and good will.
I’m in! I’m decking the halls! Running up my gas bill with an oven churning out cookies and brownies! Wearing glitter to the market! It’s good! It’s happy! Pass the eggnog!
What? How’s the writing going? Um, make that spiked eggnog, please, and pass me a box of Kleenex. I, uh, need a plan. I have a red stocking filled with excuses for why I haven’t written a damn, novel-related word since October 28. Who Do, Voodoo? came out November 1 and I’ve been busy promoting. The launch was a success, but my internal editor is nagging in my ear, “Where’s the book that’s due next, sister?”
Since I’ve been making lists (gifts, groceries, decorations) for the past two weeks, I might as well make another one on how to get my draft completed. Here goes:
1. Drop a note to Santa. Easy. I can do that now: Dear Santa, all I want for Christmas is 50,000 new words by New Year’s Day. 2012. In order. I’ll help.
2. Set the timer for two hours of writing every morning before I check email or the news. Start tomorrow.
3. Get in a summery mood. My story is set in August. Baseball and bikinis anyone?
4. Write. Hah! Sounds easy, right? Inspiration, don’t fail me now.
5. Schedule small rewards that don’t involve going to the mall. Maybe a hot bubble bath for every ten pages written? A foot massage at the Chinese Massage Parlor on the corner when I reach the halfway mark?
6. Quit worrying. Think positive. Follow the plan.
I could edit the whole list down to “quit worrying and write” but I keep thinking there’s a trick to output volume I don’t know yet. You know, the Sooper Seekrit Shortcutz For Writing Under Pressure? And for the pre-published in the crowd—no slacking off for you, either. Writers write. Period. Get on the bandwagon, or in this case, the sleigh.
If you have a juicy tip for writing survival over the holidays, please leave a comment below. One lucky commenter will be chosen to win a copy of Who Do, Voodoo? (an excellent stocking stuffer, by the way!) US residents only.
A big hug and thank you to Liz Lipperman for inviting me to vent share here today. I wish you all a joyful and productive season. May all of your holiday dreams come true.
And remember—books make marvelous gifts!
Book Cents author Rochelle Staab, a former award-winning radio programmer and music industry marketing executive, blended her fascination with the supernatural and her love for mystery in Who Do, Voodoo? the first novel in her Mind for Murder Mystery series on Berkley Prime Crime. Bruja Brouhaha the second novel in the series will be released in August 2012. With the help of Santa and a good kitchen timer, she’s writing the third in the series now.
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