New name, sister-in-law and book!
Wow, folks. It has been a big three months.
I've traveled to Canada, Mexico and the USA, seen construction start on my new house, changed my writing name to 'Jessica Kate', visited my massive extended family and had the BEST DAY EVER at my brother's wedding (bride and groom pictured above!).
If you wanna see pics (including us on the real set of Friends!!!), you'll need to check out my Instagram and Facebook, because this email just doesn't have the room. :)
In amongst all that excitement, I've been working on ideas for my next book. And that's where this story gets awesome.
I've been thinking about the plot for this book for more than a year already, and I fast-drafted 11 chapters to get a feel for the story. A bit over a month ago, I planned to sit down and begin the second draft, on the Saturday.
However, the day before, a terrific writing teacher named Susie May Warren ran a webinar in which she asked for a summary of people's books, so that she could use them as examples in her teaching. I submitted mine, and she used it!
The advice I got that day was hard. Basically, I had two separate plots crammed into one book, and it just wasn't going to work the way it was. While Susie and her writing partner Rachel Hauck loved the ideas separately, they just wouldn't work in the same book. The expert advice I received was to separate them out into two different stories, and choose which one to work on first.
I'd been thinking about this story for a long time and I already had 11 chapters, so it was disappointing to hear that it wasn't a great idea to press ahead in its current form.
But I decided to give their advice a try. On that Saturday, instead of starting the second draft, I outlined a whole different story, using pieces of the old idea.
And it just flowed.
Over the past 3 weeks I've cranked out the first 10,000 words of the new book, which is a love/hate contemporary romance, and it's so much stronger than the old idea was.
And every time I think about it, the timing of that webinar just blows me away. Had God not organised for me to receive that unexpected advice on that very day, I could've wasted the next year on a book that never should have been started.
So, now I'm working on Chapter 4 and keeping my ear to the ground for ideas on how to use the other half of the original book idea in a future story.
And where is Hating Jeremy Walters, I hear you ask?
Currently in the hands of two wonderful authors who have agreed to read the beginning of the story for me and give me some advice. I'm excited to get their opinion on how I can keep improving.
Hopefully by the time you hear from me again, I'll have their advice and be working on improving the book.
See you then!