You can’t write in a bubble. You’re influenced by everything you’ve been exposed to. Good, bad, whatever.
I think it’s important to keep that in perspective when you are feeling a bit like you can’t offer up a fresh voice in stories. It’s a hurdle I had to overcome. I had a sense that I couldn’t add anything to the conversation. I had a sense that even though I wanted to reach out and touch people with a story about different kinds of love and struggles, I didn’t know if I had anything special to add.
In the end I decided to just sit down and write the story. To write down the show unraveling inside of my head. To see where it takes me.
Now that I have finished the first book – Red August – I am thrilled that book two – Red Archer – is already full of life in my mind. It’s crackling with energy and concepts that are exciting to me and I can’t wait to write them all down. My sweetheart has been helping me with ideas about love and bonding and even obsessive feelings and where they come from and how to work with them.
Right now I am hip deep in props and set decorating for an amazing play written by my friend Audrey. My sweetheart is in the play, too. So we’ve been all about the play these past couple of months and “hell week” is next week, so it’s going to get busier before it lets up. But come November, once a brilliant run of Maytag Virgin is over, I can settle back into working on book two.
I’m always looking for people who have insight on the Celtic/Scottish and Irish aspects of the story as well – if you have some thoughts, please send them along (email below). I’m interested in traditions related to weddings, marriage, birthdays, holidays, things lovers might say to each other and other cultural things that would be hard for me to know about without living there. I always want to research well and be respectful.
If you would like to review Red August (ebook only at this time) please contact me at hlbrookswrites(at)yahoo(dot)com. See my Media Kit page for images and synopsis. Please note, the book contains sexual material.