Tuesday, February 19, 2013

What Interferes with my Writing

Those who know me also know that I have a really big family-- which I consider to be a blessing. Besides my 4 living children, I have 18 grandkids and 14 great-grands. I love them all dearly.

Fortunately, I write early in the morning before anyone can descend upon me with requests for my attention.

I no longer baby sit for the little ones--their grandparents can have that chore. I can't run fast enough to catch those little guys and even some of the young ones are too heavy for me to lift. If a school age child needs to come over after school we're quite willing to do that. We have one great-grandaughter (almost 10) who loves to come here and she's fun, she reminds me of me at that age, she likes to write stories.

With a big family, we have our share of trauma too. Anyone who is my friend on Facebook or any of my lists knows that we nearly lost our youngest son to a horrible beating when he was working as a bouncer at a popular nightclub and ended up with a concussion, brain trauma and blood clots in his leg. At first he couldn't get the treatment he needed from the workman's comp doctor, but that's all changed now. The insurance company sent him to a brain trauma recovery program and he's there now. He's been helped tremendously. When something like that is going on--writing takes a back seat.

One of the biggest things that interferes with my writing though is the promotion that has to go along with it. While I'm writing one book I'm busy promoting the last one published. That's what's happening to me right now.

The 9th in the Rocky Bluff P.D. series is now available, Dangerous Impulses. Though I've ordered copies, I don't have any yet to send out for review. However, some PDF's of the book have been sent to people willing to read it in that way. I've planned a blog tour which will start March 1 and I have everything ready for that. (Right in the middle of the tour I'm going to Epicon for 4 days which means I'll be promoting the tour when I can from Vancouver WA.)

I have yet to plan the physical launch, that's still on my to-do list.

Anyone who might be interested in reading Dangerous Impulses
it is available now from Amazon.

An attractive new-hire captivates Officer Gordon Butler, Officer Felix Zachary’s wife Wendy is befuddled by her new baby, Ryan and Barbara Strickland receive unsettling news about her pregnancy, while the bloody murder of a mother and her son and an unidentified drug that sickens teenaged partiers jolts the Rocky Bluff P.D.

What interferes with you writing?

Marilyn aka F. M. Meredith


Jacqueline Seewald said...

Hi, Marilyn,

Like you, family concerns interfere with my writing time as well. My husband has been quite ill and yes that does come first! Like you, I try to do some social networking as well. I really enjoy being in contact with other writers like you. But it does take time away from writing. Wishing you success with your new novel!

marja said...

Even with interruptions, you're one of the busiest women I know, Marilyn. I have no idea how you do it all. Best wishes for your son's recovery.
Marja McGraw

Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

Thanks for you kind comments, Jacqueline. I do hope that your husband recovers completely and soon.

I am busy and guess I really wasn't fully recovered from my recent bout with the flu I ended up coughing through most of my reading.

Thanks, Marja!

Evelyn Cullet said...

The question should be, "What doesn't interfere with my writing?" Because just about everything does. As Rosanne Rosanadana would say, If it isn't one thing, it's another. It's always something!

Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

So true, Evelyn. People just don't realize that you are working when they decided they must have some input from you immediately.