I am a new writer that’s not to say I haven’t been writing for a long time. But, I have only been writing as a career choice for a short time. I wondered where people were getting their numerous ideas from, when it hit me; they get them all the time, anywhere, anytime. Take this post, for instance, I am on a virtual book tour right now, meaning I am blogging daily - sometimes two to three times a day. I was able to choose my topic for this blog and I was trying to think of something special to write. It wasn’t coming to me when I was sitting at my computer, but here I am at three in the morning when the idea finally came to me…I want to write about when inspiration strikes.
I have a new release out, Gumshoe Girl. While I was finishing it, I kept getting pangs of another character, something that was completely different and definitely not appropriate for Gumshoe Girl. I was berating myself for not writing what I needed to and stopping work on my novel to work on this entirely different project. For that one character, developed into another whole story, possibly a series. Or, take the day I was sitting on my bed and a song came on the radio…I was laying there avoiding whatever task I was supposed to doing, singing along, when I sat straight up…That song had given me a great idea for my current work in progress.
What I didn’t understand as a new writer was 1) I would have several works in progress all happening the same time. It’s allowed, in fact, expected. 2) Inspiration happens anywhere, anytime, you just have to be open to it. If I wasn’t awake at 3am I might not have had the idea for this post today…If I wasn’t avoiding my tasks at hand I might not have had the idea for my current work in progress (which would be a shame…because I’m loving it!). Like Mark Twain said, “An open mind leaves a chance for someone to drop a worthwhile thought in it.”
Now let's talk Gumshoe Girl!
Gumshoe Girl is my new release, I mean brand new, it just got published on May 30th! I have included a blurb and a short excerpt below, please enjoy them and make sure you comment below with questions…I love to answer questions.
Sheagan O’Hare got more than she bargained for when her newly inherited detective agency lands its first case; a missing person, embezzlement, and murder. Sheagan’s out to prove she can hang with the pro's, despite the constant reminder of her amateur status from an annoyingly attractive FBI agent, Colin 'Mac' MacEvine, who’s forced himself into her life.
How does she feel when an old high school friend hopes to ignite a new romance?
Will she be able to discover if detective work and love can mingle before someone gets hurt?
She slipped out of the elevator and crept around the corner, then eased her way back to Mary’s cubicle and breathed a sigh of relief as she shook the first file cabinet drawer open. It was full. She took a photo so that she could investigate any company names later, and did the same with the second and third drawers. The fourth was full of office supplies – a box of staples, and full boxes of paper clips, pens, Scotch tape, and more sticky notepads.
She turned her attention to the second file cabinet. It was the same arrangement as the first, with files in the first three drawers. She opened the last drawer, thinking it would also house supplies, but was surprised to see a picture of Mary’s husband and a small, fabric printed handbag.
Sheagan heard a loud voice come from the conference room. She felt a knot in her stomach and slipped the purse on her shoulder, concealing it as best she could with the thick strap of her bag.
The voice grew louder, and there was heavy banging, like someone was pounding on a desk. Nerves got the best of her and Sheagan ducked out of the cubicle and crept down the hallway towards the reception area. Just as she rounded the corner, she crashed into the cleaner, Lewis. A hot chill ran up her spine as he grabbed her shoulders.