In "Keeping Her," it started out in my head as a blind date, and like most blind dates it was painful. Then something else happened: Why not meet a seven foot tall, muscled, tattooed, x-Navy SEAL, Wolf Alpha Shapeshifter?
When is that not a good thing?
The beginning of "Loving Her," was actually written before I wrote the rest of Keeping Her, because I got a picture in my head of those hot shifters meeting Clytie's cousin. Then it sat around until I finished it later after "Keeping Her."
Same with most of my books. I wrote a scene as it happened in my head and then went back to it later. Sometimes I would write multiple scenes about characters and end up using some and not others. Heck I have a file called "snippets" where I keep all those floating scenes until I have a use for them.
With "Web of Bones," I knew in my head who the characters were going to be and even have a rough outline of what they will have to overcome, but no scene of sparked imagination. Too busy working on other books.
I was worried about this one because like "Claiming Her," this one is a brand new start, a blank page that has not been sitting around my computer waiting for me to get on with the story.
Just my computer and a blinking black cursor on a white wall of nothingness.
So, yes I was nervous about that. But an amazing thing is happening. This book is flying onto the page with very little help from me. Its almost as if I have it written in my head already and my fingers are just waiting for their moment to take up the gauntlet. I am so into this story it's hard to walk away from it. I'm not even worried that people who are anxiously awaiting my next Dragon Book won't like it, because it's awesome.
Of course, that could be the writers high talking. Once I have it at the editing stage all my doubts and insecurities will rise up and crush my spirit into splintered glass...You know, the usual.