I am no retired after many years in Management in the metals Industry. Most thought the “A” in my name stood for Asshole and it might have. I forced to make a lot of tough decision to keep the business afloat. I wrote as a stress reliever in my early years and escape from everyday life. When I wrote the Lightning in the Tunnel series, it was only to be two maybe three books. But when the publisher said the first book was too big to publish, so I split it in half. The second half got split into half again. That led to the series to being seven books long and counting. It is up to ten right now with number 11 in editing. While writing number eight, I took the series off into another direction not wanting to end it. I became so attached to my characters, I didn’t want to lose them. While writing that book, I wrote another SiFi which is my favorite genre. I read other genres but love SiFi,
Anyway back to me, my children are all grown and most have children of their own. I even have many great grandchildren. I love them all.
I spent the summer and fall converting my hayloft into a man-cave but still spend most of my time inside on the computer. I have so many books rolling around in my head. The thing I find the most fun after writing my stories is talking with my editor. I we go through it, I see a lot of my errors and holes in the stories. I am trying to use the senses more in my stories and my editor agrees that is a key thing to making a book successful. I first thought when I wrote that getting the story was the key thing. After publishing my first book, when I asked some of those that read the story, what was it about? Did they get anything out of it? Their replies shocked me, They had no idea what the story was about, all they recalled was the sex scenes. Writing more and more, I finally realized that you should leave more to the imagination when it comes to sex scenes. I rewrote the first book removing 90% of the explicit sex scenes and put more of the feelings of the characters along with senses. Most people now talk about the story. Just a word to those new writers out there, leave somethings to the readers imagination unless you are writing an erotica book.
Another nice thing about being retired, you can work at whatever pace you set for yourself and take your books places you can’t go. Talk back, I’m listening but going out of town for awhile.