Lusting after a hot paranormal romance? Check out “I Heart Shifters”!

CryingMoonIt’s been another long week in Lake Wobegone. 🙂

I spent a good bit of it working out of town, and had to give up my one day off too. Work has been slammed, which is a good thing after too many years of lackluster business, but that means it’s kicking my ass right now, too. When you’re in a different location every 48 hours, it’s hard to plan healthy meals or get enough sleep, which adds to the exhaustion. There’s a saying: failing to plan is planning to fail. I agree with that in principle, but in reality, when you’re rushed, pushed for time, and stretched to your limits, something’s got to give. In my case, it’s meal planning. Which is stupid because I feel so much better when I make the effort. Vicious circle, I know.

Why am I telling you all this? Because by the time Fridays roll around, I’m usually pretty fried. As a matter of fact, I just sat down to open the WIP when I got a text from a client and I had to talk her through a pet emergency. I can see that it is unlikely I will get any constructive writing done now–it’s getting late and I have a full day’s work tomorrow too.

I’m at the point in the WIP where I absolutely loathe it and am convinced I am a crappy writer, that the story is permanently and irrevocably flawed, and that I will never be more than one of the delusional hopeful thousands who clackety-clack type furiously on their keyboards with the dream of one day having a bestseller. Then I can quit my day job and spend all my time writing more stories, right? Yeah, if only.

So you can imagine my utter delight when I received an email telling me to go check out this latest jessewave post: I HEART Shifters by reviewer Lasha. In it, she lists her top 15 paranormal M/M romances written in the last three years.

Crying for the Moon is on the list! I don’t know about you, but I am delightfully surprised! Crying for the Moon has certainly received some wonderful reviews (and it was an August 2011 recommended read on jessewave as well) but I’ll be the first to admit, it is not your typical paranormal story. I hadn’t read any vampire or werewolf fiction when I wrote it–my only knowledge of vampires came from dimly remembered horror movies watched when I was a child. And I’m not a horror movie aficionado. Everything else I just made up as I went along, creating a universe where these creatures made sense to me. Believe it or not, Crying for the Moon started out as a short story prompt for an anthology about lesbian vampires. I know! I know! What happened? 🙂

Anyway, when I was finished with the first draft, I had a full length novel on my hands and not much of a market for it. As I was already published with Dreamspinner, I decided to convert the main characters to men. What an undertaking that was! Not a simple find and replace of names and pronouns. Men walk, talk, move, and think differently from women. Every line had to be re-written to get the male perspective right. In the end, I think it made the story stronger. I’m glad I had the experience of transforming this story.

But to have it make a list like this? From a reviewer who preferentially chooses paranormal stories to read? Well, this is an honor indeed.

Moreover, it is one of those validating moments that makes you think maybe you’re not such a bad writer after all. And despite the lateness of the hour, open that WIP file anyway.


6 thoughts on “Lusting after a hot paranormal romance? Check out “I Heart Shifters”!

  1. Congratulations, I loved Crying for the Moon. So…maybe you might consider writing a sequel because I liked the rest of the cast.

    Just sayin’

  2. I’m not usually a reader of paranormal, much less vampire or werewolf fiction, but I read “Crying For the Moon” because I love your writing. It became one of my favorite stories ever, in spite of being in a genre I normally roll my eyes at.

    Now you tell us you hadn’t read that genre either, but built your own world about it. I loved it because it was interesting, complicated, and messy, much like everyone’s life is. It’s no wonder it made the list, in my opinion.

    You have the rare ability to take a common, or even cliched theme, and make it fresh, interesting, and completely your own. Open that WIP file; you can always edit or re-write.

    • Okay, now I need to print this comment out and put it on my refrigerator or something–somewhere where I can pull it out every time I get discouraged and think I can’t write. Seriously. I’ve been wallowing in the current WIP for weeks, barely getting more than a few words down each night. This is just the encouragement I needed to hear right now. Thank you! I’m going to get right to that languishing story now! 😀
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      • I’m not being encouraging here, I’m being selfish. I want to read the sequel to it. Or any of your books, or a new book, it’s all good.

        Work’s stressful for me also, right now; my sister is just starting to deal with our mom’s death 2.5 years later; her m-i-l may or may not be moving to be close to them (suffers from post-polio syndrome; lives six hours away); my finances are robbing Peter to pay Paul, and both of my kitties are over 15 years, and showing it (arthritis and dementia). Also, my closest friend is almost 50, and she and hubby are fostering his nephew, who just turned 1, after choosing to not have kids 20+ years ago.

        TL;DR: I LOVE the escapism you provide. If I could give the spare time I have so you could write, I would. Where’s McKay when you need him?

        • *nods sadly along with you*

          I completely understand on all fronts–been there, done that, am gearing up for round two. I was a caretaker to my dad for five years while working FT, and my mom is close to losing her independence now as well. I’m so sorry for the family woes and the worries you have about your elderly kitties. I think most of us women in our age bracket are squeezed between caring for aging parents, working outside the home, and caring for our families (furry or otherwise) too.

          I like to tell people I’m robbing Peter to pay ALL. 🙂

          If I had access to McKay, I’d get him to start fixing things around this house! I started writing as escapism, so I’m glad you enjoy it enough to feel the same way. I think I’ve been stressing a bit too much about making each story better than the one before–I need to just let go and have fun with it again!
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