Between a rock and a hard place…
Like most authors these days, especially indie authors, we're often asked to collaborate on group projects. Like boxed sets, anthologies, continuities to name a few. Sometimes these are wonderful things and the story practically writes itself.
Other times—not so much. Especially when you are working with a group of fabulous authors who are absolutely wonderful to work alongside, and you're the stumbling block. The only one who has a story which refuses to get written. At least not the way you want it.
Cue the suspenseful music.
I'm writing a contemporary romance with lots of sensual heat between the H and H, and in addition to this being a romance (of course), the dang thing wants to turn into a mystery. It's not supposed to be suspenseful. Nobody else in the group is writing suspense, yet my characters are screaming at me to put in a mystery to be solved.
Will they let me just put in a small mystery, one that can be solved in a short time without a lot of action and adventure? On, no—they want to have a full scale, multi-character, over-the-top suspense with dead bodies, a trail of clues, danger, peril, and a hunky detective leading the charge.
So what did I do?
I told them to shut up, that they'd get their story the way they wanted it, only it would have to be two deadlines away. I think they are okay with that, but now I'm going to have to start over with a brand new idea and a brand new story for the novella that's due in just a few short weeks.
Wish me luck—because I'm going to need it.
Kathy Ivan is a USA Today Bestselling Author who spends her days sitting in front of a computer, working on the latest story and planning and plotting her next romantic suspense, because after all who doesn't love a good mystery? You can contact her on Facebook, Twitter, or at her website. Her latest (although not a suspense/mystery) release is part a Kindle World, available exclusively on Amazon, Could This Be Love. http://amzn.to/1WU1O9h