The question is, since I write in several genres, should I start a romantic suspense or begin a historical? Maybe a western? One of my sons-in-law wants me to do another historical and has practically plotted it out for me. A couple of friends are anxious for a book similar to If I should Die or Shudder. I've even had differing suggestions for using my recent experiences with hospitals, cancer, diabetes, celiac, etc. to write a medical thriller or a women's fiction novel. Clearly I have more thinking to do and I'm open to suggestions.
Even through my four surgeries and the medical problems of several people close to me, I haven't moved away from the publishing field, I just haven't been working on a new novel. I've kept up my review column on Meridian, I've blogged, had a couple of short stories published, and my most recent novel Where the River Once Flowed is a Whitney finalist. And though I had no part in writing them, I'm proud to say two of my daughters have books coming out this year. Janice Sperry has a middle grade chapter book, Rebel Princess, coming out in June and Lezlie Anderson has a Christmas booklet, Snow Angels, due for release in October.
I catch myself thinking about perspective, looking at people, scenery, viewpoints from different angles. I meet someone and notice a trait or personality quirk that might be fun to give a character. I'm a literary critic so I always question motives and twists in the books I read, but lately I've become more critical. I find myself shredding apart plots, rewriting in my head, questioning realism. I'm a writer. It's what I do. It's a part of me. Yes, I think it's time to start another book.