Book Nerd Guest Post
Jay writes the continuing antics of Dan Landis and company, including “The Five Santas” and “Cult of Koo Kway”, both available wherever books are sold. When not writing potboiler fiction he spends way too much time on the internet, rides his bicycle through the countryside, and is slowly building the largest bottlecap collection EVER! He also lives next door to three Shetland ponies who only like him because he brings carrots.
NaNoWriMo: Or how I learned to stop worrying and just write the stupid book
I managed to survive National Novel Writing Month! YAY! I mean, hopefully I survived. I’m actually writing this on a break from the book, and it’s Monday, November 26, 2012. This shouldn’t be up until December 11th. So, hopefully I succeeded. Now, why am I writing this? Because I’m going to claim, right now, that I won. If I didn’t, feel free to mock me horribly on Twitter @JayMimsey.
Look, I realize that everyone is sick and tired of this NaNoWriMo by now, and every writer and their Mama has a survivor’s story. But, I’m bored and I need to write something, and frankly the last time I posted for Jean, it was my sister’s birthday. I only have the one sister, and I’m pretty sure she only has one birthday. So, we are going with how I managed to survive NaNoWriMo. It’s either that, or I talk about how Counselor Troi from Star Trek: The Next Generation was secretly the worst therapist ever.
I actually signed up for NaNoWriMo as a cheap marketing ploy. I’m trying to make a living writing books, and no one knows who I am. Half the time I look in the mirror and go “Who is this handsome devil wearing my shirt?”
But, here’s the thing I discovered while writing Book 4 in my mystery series. Yes, book 4. Book’s 1 & 2 are available right now, and I’d already started writing Book 3, so I had to shelve that and start fresh. Them’s the rules. And, wouldn’t you know it, I started to enjoy it! I really loved cranking out the words, giving these characters a chance to really shine. It was FUN! Of course, I quickly discovered that I’m a complete slacker and quickly fell WAY behind on my word count, but when I did sit down to pound it out, it was ENJOYABLE!
I’ve got to be honest; writing isn’t always rainbows and sunshine. Sometimes you really just can’t find a new innuendo for your hounddog of a lead character to say. Sometimes you just think that your grand mystery is stupid. And sometimes you just run into that dreaded WRITERS BLOCK!
And then other times you discover that two characters who never spend time together make a fun team. That the sardonic detective really does have a heart of gold. And that the electric chemistry between your two leads might actually be love.
And finally friends, I realized a special dream. I got to make a shameless reference to that iconic series Magnum, P.I. So, just for you, here’s a sneak peek of Racing the Storm, due out in 2013.
Dan took a breath, let it out slowly. He aimed, “Ivan? Did you see the sunrise this morning?”
Jay can be stalked on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jay-Mims/159855220771076
On Twitter @JayMimsey
and on Goodreads at http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5179719.Jay_Mims
He also has a blog at http://themimsey.blogspot.com/
If you want to verify as to whether Jay successfully completed NaNoWriMo feel free to check him out at http://www.nanowrimo.org/en/participants/jaymims
Dan, Abbey, and Doc are all back and so is trouble in this second novel by cozy mystery author, Jay Mims.
Dan’s sister Jules, high profile criminal defense attorney, has asked for his help with a very dangerous client. Just as soon as Dan takes the case, Doc shows up poisoned on Dan’s doorstep and the only clue is a reference to an old movie, The Cult of Koo Kway.
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