I’m guessing everyone out there is guilty of bluffing their way through at least one thing in life. Maybe joined in a game of pool without knowing which end of the cue to use, just because there was a hot guy at the table? (Guilty!) Or accepted a new job that had computer program requirements you’d never even heard of (hey, that’s what manuals are for, right?).
Well, here’s my behind-the-scenes confession of one time I overreached as a writer. When my editor, Angela James, put out a call for contemporary trilogies, I got excited. I had a finished book that—in theory—was the start of a trilogy. I say in theory, because I’d never written a sequel, let alone three connected books. Sure, when I wrote that first one, I planned enough secondary characters to sprinkle throughout a trilogy. But all I had was a vague plan. And, when I submitted my manuscript to her, this single, additional sentence: I plan for book two, A FINE ROMANCE, to focus on a sexy male chocolatier fighting his attraction to a romance store manager who hates chocolate.
She bought the trilogy, sending me into about 5 minutes of sheer happiness, followed by seven straight days of sheer panic. Did I have what it takes to write a trilogy? Could I figure out how much of book one’s storyline had to be woven in to book two? Could I figure out how to stretch a dislike of chocolate into 98,000 words? Yup, I overreached. But it was good for me—and worked out far better than my attempt to flirt my way through a game of pool. Sometimes, we need to be pushed out beyond our comfort zone. Now it’s your turn – share your examples of overreaching—and how it worked out!
Here’s a peek at the end result of my overreach—A Fine Romance:
They say you form your first impression of someone within thirty seconds of meeting them. Or, in Mira Parrish’s case, within thirty minutes of not meeting them, when said person is supposed to pick you up from the airport and never shows. This is not a perfect start to her new life. Her friend Ivy is depending on her to run a new romance store, and Mira can’t afford to let her down.
Sam Lyons should probably apologize. But every time he sees Mira—which is often, since his family owns the bakery next to her shop—he can’t resist antagonizing her. There’s something about the sexy, straitlaced woman that drives him crazy. He can’t get involved, though. He has too much baggage to be any good in a serious relationship.
Despite his teasing attitude, Mira finds Sam too sweet to resist. (His hot body may be a factor.) But if there’s going to be anything permanent between them, they’ll need to let go of their pasts and look to the future…
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