A few weeks ago I blogged about the importance of writing what you love. Since then I’ve been talking with other writers about why we write at all.
Some of these folks are best-selling authors in their genres like Jami Davenport (sports romance) and Anthea Lawson (historical romance, often with a musical bent). Others have several books under their belts but haven’t hit the best-seller lists yet.
Their answers were revealing. Sabrina York, best-selling author of “steamy, snarky romance” confesses she has a host of characters clamoring to be heard. Once she writes their stories, they leave her alone to go about her business…at least till they demand a sequel.
Others say they write to exorcise problems. By transforming problematic people or situations in characters or situations in books and working to understand their motivations, authors do gain some insights into the drivers of real people.
Some write for diversion. (That’s me, among others.) I’ll never live in a castle, so I let Claire in “The Winds of Glenhoolie” and its as-yet-untitled sequel live in one. It’s draftier that she likes, by the way. I enjoyed travelling in Scotland, so some of my books are set there. That lets me explore the country again and again.
I just finished drafting the sequel to “The Winds of Glenhoolie.” I’ve reread and tweaked and finally sent it off to my number one beta reader for additional comments and suggestions. If the review and editing process stays on schedule, I expect to release the sequel later this year.