I'm officially half way through the sequel to A Russian Bear now! Well, of course that's nonsense, because you never know how long a novel will be. But Torquere has standards for book lengths, and I'm now halfway to a full length novel. And I don't know if this book will actually be a full length novel, so I might be finished a bit earlier than I thought.
I'm actually quite proud of myself, because this year, I really think I've used my holiday well. Last year, I traveled for a week, and when I came home I started writing and didn't look up until three weeks later. It was very productive, but my goal this year was to be less goal-oriented (No. I'm not always consistent).
That means that I got to travel for two weeks, seeing exciting big cities (love Berlin!) and meeting friends. Then, when I came home, I did write, but I also took some time off to be a bit bored - I think that's healthy now and then. Now I'm ready to go back to work. Even though I'd wish I could just go on writing.
And the boys? They're doing great! Or, rather, they've had some problems adjusting after Tom's assault, but now they're back to being so hot that the keyboard is burning my fingers. In other words: Just the way I like them!
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I really, really didn't want to let Tom and Mischa from A Russian Bear go. I'm working on a sequel right now - which is, of course, a longterm project.
In the meantime, though, I've just finished a short story taking place some time after A Russian Bear. It's about the much dreaded moment when Tom has to meet Mischa's family. However, the meeting doesn't turn out like Mischa fears...
Writing the story, I researched Russian myths and found a Midsummer celebration that I hadn't come across before: Ivan Kupala. I do know a bit about the country (I took Russian for a couple of years), and it was really interesting to find out more. I've forgotten most of the language by now, but Mischa is a great reason to brush up on it. And apart from that, those guys are just great fun.
I was so happy to find out that Alphabet Soup is a Bestseller on Fictionwise - it's actually number 2 in its category at the moment! And it's selling very well on other sites, too.
Perhaps it's because I'm a relatively newly published author (it has only been a year since my first book came out) but I still think it's a little bit of a miracle that people read what I write. Not only because I feel flattered (even though I do, big time!), but because it's an amazing thought that there are people all over the world, sitting in their sofas or beds and reading about MY characters, sharing MY fictional world. And the whole e-book thing makes it even crazier; I got the first reader mail less than 24 hours after Alphabet Soup was published. Writing in itself is wonderful, but getting read and appreciated? Words can't describe it. And that's saying something, coming from an author:).
I read and I write - everything from corporate to kink. My naughty fictional friends are always there to make my life interesting. And pester me, of course. Pesky creatures.