So I've been asked, "do you write novels?" The short answer is no. At least I don't think I do. I write short stories for the most part. Being a reader myself, I can tell you that I write what I read. And currently, I read a lot of shorter stories. Now I love me a long, detailed story sometimes. 400+ pages of a world that you can sink your teeth into. But honestly, I rarely have the time to invest in those very often. I tend to reserve those for my favorite long time authors.
I used to be able to devour those size books in a weekend. Heck, If I was really determined, I could do it in 24 hours. But, like a lot of people, my life has gotten busy. Family and work obligations don't always leave time for me to indulge in my choice of relaxation, reading. And nothing drives me more bonkers than getting into a fantastic novel and then having to put it down and not being able to get back to it for days, possibly weeks.
So short stories is not only something I like to read, but something I think readers are looking for. I know there are rare moments I can pencil in a few hours of me time. Whether it's sitting in my car waiting between appointments, or those blessed few hours before bed. Short stories allow me the enjoyment of reading through a love story, read some hot sexy scenes and finish the book without losing it in the shuffle of my crazy life.
I'll continue to write my short stories. I don't know if there is a full length novel in the future. I have a few ideas floating around that I think would do great as a novel or a serial. For now, short, sweet, and sassy are going to be my goal.
So as a writer you might think I spend all my time clicking away at my keyboard. Actually that isn't too far off the mark. But before I became a writer, I was a reader. Since I picked up my first Harlequin at around 13 to my (age not necessary) current ability to binge on an authors entire series in a weekend. I've always loved books. As a writer having an escape that isn't a story in my head is invaluable.
If I'm writing shifters, I'm probably reading MC books. If I'm writing billionaires, I like a nice western. For me getting lost in another authors stories is a serious vacation. And over the years a number of amazing writers out there have molded who I am and how I write. There are some series out there that I have read through, no joke, a half dozen times. And when that's not enough, I grab the audios and listen.
I hope that my books will become those retreats for some readers out there. A break from the every day grind, where there are funny, smart characters and happily ever afters.
Going forward I'm going to be posting some of my favorite books along with books that are in the "Lurve" category of the Wicked Whims staff. These are books that I'll call "WW" approved. If you love them to, give a shout out! I'd love to hear from you.