Three years, in fact. Yep, I started writing this book in 2010. I can show you its conception, even. No, this isn’t the kind of overshare you see on certain blogs. Really, it’s not TMI. Or pehaps it is, but it’s more scary than anything else.
See, I’m going to show you my notebook.
Back in early 2010, I wasn’t even planning on writing Regencies. I was working on a series of historical romances set during the American Revolution and just after. But then I read, in rapid succession, two Regency-set novels that changed the course of my writing life. The first was Beverley Kendall’s debut Sinful Surrender. The heroine of that book suffered from an unrequited crush on the hero, and she confided a lot of her angst in her younger sister. That relationship got me thinking about the younger sister and how her views on love might be affected by witnessing her sister’s pain.
And then I read Emma Wildes’s Lessons From a Scarlet Lady, a book which featured two romances, and the secondary romance wasn’t just a sub-plot. It was featured at nearly the same level as the primary romance in the book.
Wait, I thought. I can tell both sisters’ story in the same book. What if… What if… What if…
But no, I had to work on my current WIP first. I couldn’t leave that unfinished. But I could write down all my ideas in my notebook and they’d be waiting for me.
So I did.
If you can read that, congratulations! You can read scrawl. Of course, I changed a few things along the way, and not just the names, but there you go. That’s how this got started. I have a few more pages of those notes, but they involve spoilers, so I won’t post them.
And now you have a look into the workings of my brain.
Anyone still here? Anyone? Bueller?
I have to say, though, this baby kicked from very early on. It wouldn’t leave me alone, you see, until I gave in to its pull. I dropped the other story I was working on, and scribbled chapters in my notebook for three months. At the end of that time, I was nearly done with a draft. But this wasn’t even the first trimester.
I think I’ll leave it there, though, before I end up being featured on STFUParents.
If anyone is still here, don’t forget to come say hi to me over at the Rom Con Blog and the Ruby-Slippered Sisterhood. I’m giving away prizes in both places, so make sure you comment. Tomorrow I’m blogging at USA Today Happily Ever After. And if you missed the kerfuffle yesterday, head on over to the Dashing Duchesses and check it out.