Thursday, October 13, 2016

What to be notified when my books go on sale?





It's easy!  Just go to my website and enter your email address under New Book Release Notification on the right hand side of the home page.

And that's it!

PS - Your information will never be shared and you will not be spammed.

Thanks,
Nancy

Sunday, October 9, 2016

I wrote new words today and the reality of being a writer


I wrote 6,725 words yesterday. This wasn’t editing my current manuscript. This was something totally new, completely new words pounded out first thing in the morning before coffee.  I don’t know if these are words I’ll keep or not. I haven’t gone back to read them. I don’t know when I’ll read them. Maybe I’ll never read them. 

That’s the thing about writing. You can work on anything you want. If you get tired of working on your romance, you can always go back and start something completely different. Maybe a sci fi.
Back to the word count.
I often wonder how it is for others to try to understand the workings of a writer’s mind. Right after I wrote these new words I went out to get coffee.  I was by myself and I planned to visit my mom so I didn’t stay, just went through a local drive thru. 

This is how the conversation might play out in my head:

Drive thru attendant:  “Good morning.  How may I help you?”
Me: “Large black coffee please.”
Drive thru attendant:  “How’s your day so far?”
Me:  “Great! Fabulous! Wonderful!”
Drive thru attendant:  “Oh really?  Why?”
Me:  “I wrote 6,725 words today!”
Drive thru attendant: “That’s amazing! You’re Nancy Henderson right? I thought that was you! Oh my god! Will you sign my book?”
She whips out a copy of my latest release.  I sign it and she holds it to her heart. “I will cherish this always!”
Me:  “Thank you.”
Drive thru attendant:  “So that’s so great that you wrote so many words. I totally understand why you’re so incredibly happy.”
Me:  “You do?”
Drive thru attendant: “Of course. Everyone understands writers. Here’s your coffee.”
Me:  “How much do I owe you?”
Drive thru attendant: “Nothing.  It’s on the house. You signed my book. That’s payment enough.”


Okay…here’s the reality:

Drive thru attendant:  “What can I get you?”
Me:  “Large black coffee please.”
Drive thru attendant:  “Three ninety-eight. Pull around.”
I pull around and pay. The attendant doesn’t recognize me. She doesn’t understand me. She certainly doesn’t have a copy of my book. 
She hands me my change without making eye contact. 
Me:  “Thank you.”
Drive thru attendant:  “Yep.”

I smile.  It’s okay. I’m a writer.  

And I wrote 6,725 new words today.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Meh

Yeah. So I haven't been very inspired lately which is why this blog has been so quiet. I'm sorry. I really need to get my butt in gear and write something. I have a new book coming in the Cold Springs series and I should be excited about that. No...correction, I am excited about it. I'm just...meh.  I think it's because of the weather. Summer is quickly saying goodbye, and I don't want it to go. While I love fall too, I know winter is quick on its heels and I'm not a fan of the cold or snow. We get lots of snow in my neck of the woods.  Bleck!

So I went to see the movie Sully. It was really good, and I highly recommend it. I'm also reading. A lot. Debra Kayn is rapidly becoming my favorite author and I'm devouring her back list as soon as I can. I'm also reading Jodi Picoult's Lone Wolf which I bought in a yard sales this summer.  That too is really good, sad but good.  I think all her books are somewhat melancholy but they have so much emotion in them and...yeah, it's hard not to cry.

So what was your summer like? Fill me in!

Friday, August 19, 2016

Go slow sometimes

I've been running around like a rat in a wheel lately.  I have not been enjoying it really.  I launched book one in the Cold Springs series.

Yeah, as if you guys aren't sick of seeing this cover enough!  By the way, thank you so so so! much to everyone who picked up a copy of Second Chance.  It means the world to me, and I love you guys!

Anyway, ask any writer and I'm sure they will tell you a book launch is exhausting.  Couple that with a day job, having back problems, and man...I'm tired.  Plus we went to Lake George, my favorite place in the entire world.  And yes, I did come back with a new book idea for a historical with a Native American hero.  Yay!  I need to sit down and start writing it but I'm currently working on edits for book II in the Cold Springs series and plotting out book III.  So I'm a little delayed.

But I want to talk about being busy and sometimes not being busy.  Our society preaches that it's good to be so busy, so busy we're frazzled.  So busy we can't take time out to sit and pet our animals or talk to our kids or spouses or parents.  Why?  What's the harm in taking life slow?  That's what I'm doing this weekend.  I'm taking life slow and reading, catching up on some new books I got and just relaxing. 

How about you?

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Stress? What stress???

My laptop died.  I knew it was getting close. Thank God for backup save or I would have completely lost book two of the Cold Springs series which I hope to get to my editor this week.

Here's a meme that just about describes my week so far:

Saturday, August 6, 2016

LIfe? What's up?

Life...ah when life gets in the way of writing.  So far since August it has been:

  • Getting stung repeatedly with hornets
  • Going to Urgent Care from said hornet sting reaction
  • Having strep throat 
  • Going back to Urgent Care and getting on meds for strep throat.  Doctor asks me if I've been around anyone who's been sick.  I say, "I was just here two days ago from hornet reaction.  I probably caught something here."  He laughs in a strange, tense way....not sure what that means.
 But good news:  I got all these books at a town wide garage sale yesterday!  Yes, this is the trunk of my car brimming with books.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Writing fast

Guys,

I just finished the first draft of Book II for the Cold Springs series! Just making a final pass before I send it off to my editor.

If anyone had ever said I'd be writing this kind of hero, I would have told them they were crazy.  But here it is, and I can't tell you what I'm referring to...I ruin the surprise!