Guys. I’ve done something really dumb. I’ve taken NaNoWriMo to the next level. And I’m doing it publicly.
NaNoWriMo is all about writing 50k words in the month of November. But what if your novel is more than 50k words? What if it’s a 100k word novel? Do you cut yourself slack on productivity on December 1st? Or do you go balls out and forge ahead at the same break-neck speed you tore through in November?
And what if you don’t meet your goal at all? What happens then?
That was the question I was facing. I have a 100k+ word novel to write, and while I have plenty of time to complete it before the contract’s deadline, I want to complete it early so I can get started on a different project. I expressed this desire to my agent, and she came up with a horrifying solution. A solution that no sane person should agree to.
But I did.
She suggested that if I don’t get my novel done by a certain deadline, she gets to impose a consequence on me. And that consequence is no bueno. The deadline is February 1st.
And the consequence is: I have to cut my hair to the style of her choosing. She started throwing around words like “bowl cut” and “mullet” and I felt sick on my stomach. Write a blog post about it, she said. Go public, she said. It’ll hold you accountable, she said. And that’s when I knew it would work.
So, I agreed. And just for good measure, she sent me a few hairstyles she was thinking of. And I wrote 1,000 words right after that. Here’s what my delightful agent is thinking for my fate:
So as you can see, I’m quite worried. And more than that, I’m super motivated. I guess we’ll see on February 2nd if I’ve turned in my novel to her or not. And the agreement is, I have to post a pic of my new haircut if I miss deadline. So YOU get to see my failure.
Now excuse me while I go write…
I recently had the pleasure of interviewing romance author Ayesha Patel about her new release, Priya in Heels. Since she was such a good sport and answered ALL the questions I sent her way, I’m going to be giving away an e-copy of her book to one lucky reader. Just leave a comment telling me why you’re excited to read it, and I’ll pick a winner on Friday. Without further ado, here we go:
Love doesn’t conquer all…does it?
Priya Patel strives to be the perfect daughter for her traditional Indian parents. With her medical residency underway, she faces the inevitable pressures to marry an Indian man of her parents’ choosing. She’s perfectly content to do so until the Irish-American musician down the hall gets her attention and destroys everything she has worked so hard to build.
Tyler O’Conner can’t stop thinking about the beautiful doctor who treated his sprained ankle in the ER. But between weekend band gigs, an intense workload at NASA, and trying to lower Priya’s barriers, he doesn’t expect to fall in love…with a woman who is meant to marry another man.
Priya struggles to maintain her relationship with her parents, to be their source of happiness, but falling for an American might be the one thing that unravels their world and leaves her in tattered pieces.
So Ayesha, thanks for stopping by my blog and answering a few questions about Priya in Heels. I know I loved the book, and I think other readers will really connect with it as well.
1) Describe your hero in ten words or less.
Tyler is intelligent, talented, determined, and of course gorgeous.
2) What is the biggest conflict your hero and heroine face?
Tyler is American and believes in love, whereas Priya is from an Indian culture that believes marriage is based on logic…of course with a man her parents approve of who is the same race/religion/culture/social-economic status. So here you have two people who can’t help that they are madly in love with one another, and while Tyler will do anything to be with Priya, Priya is torn between breaking his heart or breaking her family’s hearts. What makes matters worse is that both are equally destructive for her.
3) Can you give us a hint at your favorite scene in the book?
Priya is wearing a beautiful Indian inspired dress for Tyler’s cousin’s wedding, where his extended family meets her and adores her, and he’s decked out in a great suit and tie. They’re dancing, touching, flirting, and everything is so forbidden but uncontrollable and they may or may not explode.
4) Describe your book in five words or less.
5) What is your heroine’s biggest flaw?
Priya is indecisive and scared.
6) What is the theme song of your book?
Maroon 5’s Love Somebody. I always think of Priya and Tyler and get so emotional when I hear it.
7) If your hero were an Avenger, which one would he be and why?
Probably Hawkeye. He’s quiet, calculative, determined, and never misses.
8) How do you personally feel about Sasquatch?
I feel that Sasquatch is a lonely nomad who just needs a little love in his life.
9) If your hero were on a dating show like The Bachelorette, how would he stand out to win the girl’s heart?
Tyler is a singer, so he’d bust out with some lyrics in an Adam Levine voice and make all the girls watching swoon. The other dudes don’t stand a chance.
10) How does your hero feel about Vegas weddings?
Actually, Tyler’s not into weddings. But, at least Vegas offers some fun things to do and the weddings would be short so the guests could celebrate in style.
11) Give a reason your heroine would punch someone in the throat.
I think she almost does this, actually, if a girl were all over Tyler. Or if someone was mean to her parents.
12) Tell us about something your heroine does that she would die if your hero found out about it.
She’s lactose intolerant…so any embarrassing GI aftermath from dairy products in front of Tyler would be horrific. There’s one scene where he has her sit on his lap during a poker game, and she’s eating pizza, and then she laughs really hard…and…I guess you have to read the book to find out if Tyler encounters her mortifying moment.
Awesome, Ayesha! For those of you who want to connect with Ayesha, see below for all her social media info and don’t miss out on the Facebook release day party happening today where you’ll get the chance to win more prizes!
Facebook: Ayesha Patel Author
Please give a warm welcome to one of my fellow Entangled Bliss authors, Ophelia London! She was kind enough to stop by and answer a few questions about her new release, Kissing Her Crush, which came out this week!
He’s sweet trouble…
Natalie Holden wants three things: To be the best chocolate chemist in Hershey, Pennsylvania, to prove her chocolate recipe can help teenage depression, and to get over gorgeous Luke Elliott, the guy she’s had a crush on since birth. Unfortunately, he’s the microbiologist set to debunk her chocolate study. And, of course, he looks more delicious than ever!
Luke Elliott is still bitter over his divorce. Work is his passion now, and landing a huge promotion is just what he needs. What he doesn’t need is a crackpot trying to prove that chocolate cures depression. The last thing he expects is for the crackpot to be Natalie Holden—his “what if” girl from high school—or that she’d still tempt the hell out of him.
They may not see eye-to-eye on her project, but they can’t deny the explosive chemistry that keeps pulling them together. Even when it risks their jobs and the very different futures they both want…
Describe your hero in ten words or less.
Strong, loyal, good hands, GREAT kisser, guitar-dude, hawt!
Give a reason your heroine would punch someone in the throat.
Just like Luke, Natalie is extremely loyal, and she’d throat-punch anyone who: 1) Messes with her little brother Brandon, or “bran muffin.” 2) Disapproves of her job as a chocolate chemist at Hershey Co—because it’s the coolest job on the planet! 3) Gets between her and her man. She’s loved him since high school and isn’t about to let him go!
What is the biggest conflict your hero and heroine face?
Natalie and Luke are faced with many conflicts, but the one that almost ruins everything is where they live and where they want to live in the future. But this also ends up being a huge and loving sacrifice on both sides. I love writing characters who are willing to give up (what they think is) the most important thing for love!
What is the theme song of your book?
Okay, this is a killer question, because I always have a very extensive playlist for my books. How about I narrow it down to 3…
“Sugar Sugar” by the Archies
“Pour Some Sugar on Me” by Def Lepard
“Sugar” by Maroon 5
Do you see a theme here?
Link to Spotify playlist: Here
Can you give us a hint at your favorite scene in the book?
Well, I always love a great kissing scene—and the more romantic the better. I had a blast with Natalie and Luke’s first kiss. It’s in a tunnel of love at Hersheypark, and let’s just say it gets pretty heated pretty fast. In fact, one of them may have to pay for breaking the ride in the heat of the moment!
Find a GIF that best describes how your hero and heroine feel about each other at first.
Vampire Diaries rules all.