I was first published in 2007, co-writing with my husband.
We always discussed it, and one day started a “what if” based upon an
absolutely nightmare series of delays. That turned in to a short story about a
couple and another man who are stranded at the airport over Valentine’s Day. We
sent it off, never truly expecting to be published.
To our shock and complete astonishment, we were accepted for
publication with that very book, and went on to write three other shorts, and
were contracted for two more. It was a wonderfully creative time. Then…we
stopped. Writers’ block set in, performance anxiety—yes, it does exist for
writers, too—and we didn’t write a word of original fiction, for years.
A lot of life changes hit, and my husband decided he didn’t
really want to write any more. He loved the plotting aspect, but the actual
getting words on paper and editing them was a problem for him.
While I deeply missed writing, my job as an editor, some
serious life challenges, and just life in general kept me away from most of my
hobbies. Last summer, I was laid off from my job of over a decade and had a
little spare time. I had never expected to feel the fire again, but soon words were
flying from my fingertips.
And then something even more wonderful happened. I was
invited into the Naughty Literati, and had things like deadlines to meet. I had
no idea what to write for Naughty List, but I had the fire to reinvent myself
as Alexa Silver, rather than half of Alexa & Patrick Silver. I looked in my
WIPs folder and found an idea I’d jotted down possibly ten years ago. It was
very simple “dying rock star saves woman. Paranormal please.”
And I started writing it. That story became Holdin’ On,
which you can find in Naughty List. My next story for the Naughty Literati was
something I’d had in mind for ages, but hadn’t actually ever done more than
think about. Love Potion #69 is a friends-to-lovers story with a tiny
paranormal kick, which you can find in Naughty Hearts. And Stay the Night is
another friends-to-lovers story about a bookseller and her favorite customer,
who also happens to be her new favorite author. You can find this one in
Naughty Flings, which is coming out on May 15.
My writing this year has been epic (160,000 words written
thus far and counting) and I have several other releases coming out, plus a few
books that were previously published and will be expanded. That is a scary
prospect in and of itself and probably warrants my next blog post!
I never really thought I could reinvent myself. Back in 2009-ish,
I was certain the writing career was over, and I’m so thrilled to be a part of
the NL, as well as writing like the wind!
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