My publisher contacted me last December and asked if I would write a novella for their Pure Amore imprint, romance stories that promote purity. I’d just finished all the edits for How to Charm a Beekeeper’s Heart, and the Lord had already started putting pieces of a new story into my brain. I agreed to flesh out a story, write a proposal, and send it in for a contract before beginning. That’s how Preserving Liberty came about. I had until April 15 to complete the story and turn it in to my editor. No problem, right?
We all know how life goes–never as we plan–so finding adequate time to write between work, family, and church life was challenging. But I tend to work better under pressure anyway, and met my deadline on a caffeine-high, eyes aching from staring at my laptop for days. It sounds like I’m complaining, but I’m really not. I love every second of it.
Right now, I’m enjoying a short break. We have four weeks until the school year ends, and
I’m picking up extra work hours as a substitute teacher. Baseball games and track meets are scheduled for almost every night of the week. We’re also preparing for our missions trip to New Mexico this summer by fundraising with car washes and yard sales. When I have downtime, I kick back with a good book from my review pile or catch up on nostalgic television with the family like Matlock, Lassie, and the A Team.
And of course I’m praying for God’s direction on what story to work on next, because a writer never stays away for long. 😉
~Candice Sue Patterson is the author of Silver White Winters and Bright Copper Kettles. Her debut novel How to Charm a Beekeeper’s Heart is available for pre-order at all major retailers. Look for Preserving Liberty, coming 2017. For more, visit her website at www.candicesuepatterson.com.