I’d like to welcome fellow Soul Mate author Christina Kirby to my blog. Today, she’s sharing some valuable tips that save her time during her writing process. She’s also sharing some more about her contemporary romance, SAFE AT HOME.
Now, let’s hear some more from Christina!
Time. The ultimate four letter word. No matter what stage of publishing you’re in, you are affected by time in some way.
Before I was published, I had all the time in the world to fiddle with my writing and write whatever I wanted. Then, I finished my first manuscript and started the querying process. That’s when I learned what a cruel thing time could be.
You spend months upon months waiting to hear if someone saw the brilliance in your writing you hope is in there and if you’re lucky, you get the call. After the happy dance, champagne, and phone calls to everyone you’ve ever met are finished, the clock starts ticking. On one hand, you’re in a hurry for your work to be sent out into the world. On the other, YOUR WRITING IS GOING TO BE OUT IN THE WORLD. It can’t come soon enough and it’s too soon all at once.
Enter the editing stages. Editing generally requires a fast turnaround and in the midst of that process, you should be writing your next book. Because after all, that’s how you make it in this business. You write and write and write. This is where it becomes apparent that there aren’t enough hours in the day. So how do you do it? How do you fit it all in?
For me, it’s a matter of getting a little done every day. Granted with two young kids that doesn’t always happen, but I put forth a genuine effort to write each day. Some days I get 2,000+ words down and others I only get about 300, either way it’s getting me closer to my goal.
Sounds easy, but as we all know there’s tons of distractions out there. Hello internet – the ultimate time suck. Stay offline, screen your calls, and whatever you do, don’t turn on the TV! Those are the best tips I can give you because they are the ones that help me the most. Now stop reading this post and get to work. *wink*
Driven by fear and desperate to protect her family, Samantha is forced to leave Chicago and everything she’s worked to achieve, only to start over by tossing a dart-at-the-map. The Georgia townsfolk’s true Southern charm is the unexpected prescription needed to heal her soul, and the sexy carpenter who touches her heart are distractions she didn’t plan on, but they might offer her a chance at a new life, if she can let go of her past.
Town heartbreaker, Spencer Malloy, isn’t looking for anything serious. His days are perfect working as a contractor, attending his nephew’s baseball games or taking him fishing. He never expects to fall for the big city girl, Samantha. She’s not his type, timid and closed off, but in her unguarded moments, he’s intrigued by the woman he can’t get out of his mind. The urge to get closer to her grows stronger each day, and when the shadow of evil resurfaces, he vows to protect Samantha, even if it means abandoning his home and joining her on the run.
When confronted by the man who’s bent on revenge, Samantha must choose between running again to save the people she loves, or if she has the strength, to stay and fight for her new life.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Christina Kirby holds a degree in Public Relations from Auburn University. She worked in banking for four and a half years before deciding to become a stay at home mom to her two sons. Moving every couple of years because of her husband’s job, Christina has had the opportunity to meet all kinds of people and live in many different states. Fortunately, writing is something she can take with her no matter where she lives.
Christina is an avid reader of romance, young adult and anything having to do with pop culture. She also knows a copy of Entertainment Weekly and a chocolate chip cookie can cure anything.