Monday, December 8, 2014

Writing Around Family

This year, due to my move, my family came to stay with me for Thanksgiving. This is the first time I've ever hosted Thanksgiving and it amazed me how overwhelming it was to be the hostess (and I didn't even cook). I never thought it would be easy to work with my family here, or at least possible, but I never realized how hard it would be to get into the spirit of writing (especially those sexier scenes) when my family was around.

I've traveled to them for years for the holidays, and was able to write some when I went to their houses, but somehow being hostess took much of my energy and focus. And with having two books release during the thanksgiving week, it was all I could do to get done the blogs I had to do, and the promotion I needed to accomplish. Thankfully I won nanowrimo before they arrived.

Next month, I’ll be heading back to stay with them for Christmas and New Year’s. I’m hoping to get some work done during that time, but it’s not looking good. Every year I do a December Close Out to finish up some projects before the end of the year to clear room for new projects in the following year. I’m still hoping to do the same this year, but I think I’ll need to make sure to get most of my work done before I head home for the holidays.

The few tips I've learned over the years of trying to work around my family are to try and work at night, after everyone else is in bed, no longer dividing your focus. To get out of the house. Go to a Starbucks or Panera, something like that, to get away from the distractions of family. And sometimes you just have to let go and realize that you need to allow yourself to relax and enjoy your surroundings, enjoy being with the people that love you, even if it means you don’t hit the mile stones you were hoping for (I really need to learn to be better about this tip).

If anyone has any other ideas on how to write while around family, I’d love to hear them. I’ll take any help I can get. And in the meantime, here are the blurbs for my two newest releases, now available for download. I hope you’ll check them out this holiday season.

Christmas with her boyfriend’s family seems like a lovely idea—until she finds her previous Dom staying for the holidays too.

Kate Baker is nervous about meeting her boyfriend Daniel’s family. When she walks into the family home to find Grant, her former Dom, spending the holidays with them too, her world turns upside down. How can she spend Christmas with the man who shattered her heart and broke her trust in the whole BDSM scene?

Although she had no idea Grant and Daniel were brothers, Grant revives all those needs that Daniel can’t fulfil. But she won’t give up the man who helped mend her broken heart after Grant shattered it—even if she has to bury the submissive part of herself to do it.

A year ago, Grant Farrell left the woman he loved—and the best sub he’s ever controlled—to tend the family ranch after his father’s death. It almost tore his heart out to leave Kate but he had no other choice. He didn’t realise how much it had hurt them both until she shows up at his family’s home on his brother’s arm.

Now more than ever he’s determined to keep her in his life, even if he has to share her to do it. But half measures won’t be enough anymore. He needs either to own her completely, or give her up to Daniel for good.

Can he convince Kate to forgive him for the pain he caused her and the secrets he kept? Or will he lose her to his brother for his past mistakes?

Lady’s maid Ada adores her French Mistress and serves her with affection in every possible way. But Master will also take his pleasure from Mistress, and Ada will continue to offer her loving service to Mistress and Master when it is…Monsieur’s Turn.


Tina Donahue said...

I find holidays incredibly stressful because of family. We're totally on different wave lengths. Having a lot of space between us works fine for me. :)

Fiona McGier said...

I still have kids living at home, though they are adults. So I'm always having to work around family demands. Staying up late works, as long as I'm not working early hours at my day job. That's why I can't commit to any writing deadlines.

I love my husband and my kids, so I give myself permission to enjoy being with them, creating memories for them as adults, like I did when they were young.