Don’t Give Up by @PatriceWilton

Don't Give UpSorry folks, but we must admit that 2021 was a bust! After the previous year, we all had hoped 2021 would be amazing. We kept telling ourselves, “Don’t give up!” Yet, the deadly virus was not a thing of the past, our favorite enjoyments were limited with theaters and restaurants shut down. Schools were closing and our children had to learn virtually, without seeing their friends. The hardest part for many was not seeing their loved ones, even on special occasions. Safety was a priority, with our liberties in lockdown, and new variants spreading like wild fire.

LET’S FORGET THAT DOOM AND GLOOM!

It’s history and now 2022 is here to bring us the joy and happiness we all deserve. I for one believe this with all my heart. Belief is a wonderful thing. You wake up in the morning with a feeling that maybe something good is going to happen, and if you look around and open your eyes and your heart, it might appear out of nowhere.  You might stumble and find old coins or a package filled with money that will feed your family for a week. Sure, that’s unlikely to happen, but that joy and happiness could come in the form of a beautiful butterfly that catches your eye. A rainbow in the sky. A Cardinal when you’re thinking of a loved one. Maybe it’s more direct and material—like a juicy contract in the mail, a raise or praise, and the opportunities for a bigger and better job.

Rainbow

CHANGE YOUR LIFE FOR THE BETTER

With more openings than fillings this is certainly the time to strike out and find that job you’ve always wanted. You’re in the bargaining chair and have the power. Let your dreams and ambitions free, search for the highest star. Each day take a moment and close your eyes. Visualize what you want your life to be like. How to make it happen. Remember that each day is precious, so look for the silver lining, something to be happy for. Make it a habit, and you might find you’re smiling more!

Start out with small changes. Read a good book instead of watching TV. Take up a new sport or a hobby that you once enjoyed. Think deeply about it. This just might be the time to change Your World!

DON’T GIVE UP

Wishing every one of you joy and happiness and an exciting new beginning in the year 2022!

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Death in Sandpiper Bay is available as an eBook and in Paperback.

Death In Sandpiper Bay

Danger at Sandpiper Bay is available as an eBook and in Paperback

Danger at Sandpiper Bay

 

The Miracle of Writing by @PatriceWilton

You might wonder what spurs an idea that evolves into a book? What is the miracle of writing? How do prolific authors keep coming up with plot after plot? And exciting new adventures. Characters that have depth, conflict, emotional turmoil. And then create that black moment when everything falls to pieces. Only to turn it around with a resolution that will make readers sigh with pleasure. This might not be a Gone With The Wind, but authors repeat this sequence of events book after book, and year after year.

The Miracle of Writing

It’s quite boggling, isn’t it? I have been writing for thirty years, published for the past seventeen. Never in my life would I have thought that was possible. I have written at least thirty romance novels—Romantic Comedy, Romantic Suspense, Women’s Fiction, and Contemporary Romance. 

Currently, I have moved from Romance to Cozy Mysteries. I co-write with my brilliant writing partner, Traci Hall. We write our Salem B&B cozy mystery series for Kensington Books under the name Traci Wilton. In three years, we have written 7 mysteries together.

Feels Like A Miracle

Although that might seem like quite an achievement, I will tell you that I feel like a slacker when it comes to some of the dedicated, savvy, mind-blowing authors I know. They easily can write six books or more per year. It gives me the hives just thinking about it.

Few years back I managed to write 4 books in 12 months. Now, I’m down to three, and can’t wait for two. Ideas come from everywhere and from nowhere. Being a pantser (someone who writes from the seat of their pants with no plot to follow), I would go with the flow and let the story tell itself.

Now, writing Mysteries with Traci Hall, I am so grateful that she is a plotter and I can follow an outline. Working the story, whether romance or mystery, is the fun part. Writing a series makes it easier to know what the next story will be, but creating standalone books or a new series means doing a lot of world building.  

A writer may find inspiration in a dream, or going for a long walk, or talking with people, or even from everyday experiences. Once a spark hits, the fire inside is lit and a new book is born.

Happy May everyone, and take a good book with you to the beach or the park. Writers everywhere will thank you for it!

The inspiration for DEATH IN SANDPIPER BAY came about after hearing a friend mention that they were building a cottage on a remote island off the coast of Maine. Bingo! I knew it would be a wonderful place for a Murder Mystery. So, Traci and I got right down to plotting. The reviews have been sensational, we are delighted to say. The second book in the series, Danger in Sandpiper Bay, will soon begin.

Death in Sandpiper Bay