My friends and I are kind of freaking out.
We are all writing short stories for this anthology I've mentioned that will be available for purchase, both as an e-book or paperback, starting early next year!
Four of us will be debut authors together in it--and we've been on this long haul to publishing together for a while. Writing regularly for years side-by-side. Cheering each other on. It's so lovely to be doing this together, hand-in-hand. We just got together for our monthly lunch at Et Voila in Washington, DC, this past Friday and had a little celebratory toast as we're getting closer and closer!
And I'm so grateful to the previously published authors who are also doing this anthology with us and are both great friends and mentors!
With my forthcoming contemporary romance trilogy, I'm still hoping to go the traditionally published route. However, it's fun to have something out that will finally be out there, something to share with the world, while I'm finalizing Book 1 of my trilogy.
It's kind of weird, though, because the FIRST thing I'm putting out is something I've worked on for months rather than years.
And because the first thing I'm putting out is science fantasy romance rather than the contemporaries I've worked on for longer. I've read, watched, and loved fantasy and sci-fi since childhood. The creds are there. I just never envisioned it being the first thing I'd go out with.
And then there's the sex. I knew people would eventually read sex scenes that I write, from relatives to former corporate colleagues. And I knew I wouldn't write "closed door" romance. For those unfamiliar with romance terms, that's when you know the characters are going to have sex, but you don't follow them past that door and have the act described to you.
*NEWS FLASH* Romance isn't porn. But there often is sex because it is often part of love. And love is what romance is about. And let's be honest, sex is a fun part of it.
But imagining people, I know, reading sex scenes I've written?