The Marriage of Writing & Mystery, or How Does One Become Cinderella?

Oh, the it’s the writing life for me!  Last week, my darlings, we discussed the path of true love, both in romance & writing.  Why not put on your favorite Sinatra record & have a gander at how to keep the love alive?  Over the threshold we go!

Ah, the honeymooners — eyes glazed over, so in love, the world stops just for you.  In that dreamy state of recently wedded bliss, you can do no wrong, there’s no plan too big, you are invincible.  Just like when your first start promoting your book.  Your friends & fans love you, you think you’ve written the best story ever & the world will feel the same, the future is boundless, how can it not be the bestseller of all time?  Even your mother approves.

Shortly after, you come home & settle down, the newlywed phase.  Setting up house, getting used to each other & let the squabbles begin.  Don’t forget the cap on the toothpaste & better pick up your socks off the living room floor, mister!  And how were you to know that he didn’t like ‘squash surprise’ or that he was going to home lat and the casserole would be ruined?  So goes writing & promoting of your beloved tale — your ideas don’t flow on the new story, sales stall, crickets are the only creatures who come to your events, your clever comments are met with rejection.  What is a naive girl to do?

And we are tested to be made of stronger stuff — we flash out in the new filmy negligee, use your department store charge account for the fire engine red lipstick, to be met with, “Ah honey, I’m watching the game,” & “How am I supposed to pay this bill?”  You set yourself down on the couch, romance novel & bonbons at hand, trading feather mules for fuzzy slippers.  The same as going back to the pencil & paper, setting the timer to write out the time, one word, one letter after another, not looking at reviews or rankings, surrendering over your heart to what you really want, the love & comfort of the tale.

Then the magic really kicks in.  You stay the course — he tucks your hair behind your ear, gives you ‘that look’ out of the blue, says thank you unprompted.  Your heart awakens & every moment becomes worth it.   You understand a little more about commitment — love takes over, sees you through & shows you how good the adventure has already been.  As in writing when the stories & the characters see you through the trying times, bringing new & loyal readers who care about your plot lines & people as much as you do.  They are eagerly awaiting your latest novel.  A glowing review shows up that once again makes your heart beat faster.  Time to put on a warm smile, pick up the pen, take a deep breath & write happily ever after!


Barbara Jean

About Barbara Jean Coast

Barbara Jean Coast is the pen name of authors Andrea Taylor and Heather Shkuratoff. She is currently hard at work telling the cozy tales of the fictional town of Santa Lucia, loosely based on Santa Barbara in the late 50's, early 60's, known as The Poppy Cove Mysteries.
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