Many writers don’t read fiction while writing it, including yours truly. It’s risky business, akin to rolling a two-sided dice—one will make you rich, the other poor, very poor. No wonder I am voraciously reading my fourth novel in as many months or less as well as a couple of short stories.
I do have to get writing again, working on my second novel that is. Admittedly, however, I am a bit up in arms about what’s next. If you’d asked me a month ago, I would have told you The Blindsided Prophet; I started it. I really did but the process got interrupted, and when this happens, you’re back to the drawing board.
So I am and interestingly enough, readers are encouraging me to take a page fromThe Barrenness—explore some of the minor themes, the characters. Naturally, I am carefully considering the feedback. But I am getting edgy.
Going without writing fiction for too long stresses me out and knots up my muscles. I’m not sure that my right ‘rotator cuff’ muscles would have any flexibility were it not for my monthly short stories and of course, the ayurvedic massage I had on Friday.
What a difference unblocking energy makes, though such massages are not meant for those with low-pain thresholds, but what can I say I did it. When I’m back in London I’ll tell you all about this experience, particularly the aftermath. I was so relaxed yesterday I had to take a cat nap before I could pack.
A good segue for me to tell you why I’m not sitting at my desk or on my floor in front of the fireplace, writing. I’m in the US yet again to promote The Barrenness, thanks to my extraordinary publicist JS. Magic or is it?
Absolutely not! It takes hard-work from both publicist and writer, hers spilling over into the late nights and weekends and mine going into fifth gear about now as I write this blog with unsteady hands and droopy eyelids. Only landed a few hours ago, and at 8.00 EST tomorrow morning, I call in to a television station in up-state New York.
What do you mean I should be in the studio. No can do, I am in Georgia for another television taping to be aired in a couple weeks and a radio interview Tuesday morning. Then I travel up the Eastern Seaboard for quite a few opportunities in Virginia, DC, and Pennsylvania (Philly)—some live, some taped. Who knows where all of this might end up—New York, NY, I should hope. Last stop before I return to London.
Debriefings will be posted here, hopefully day to day—first one tomorrow evening. But for updates and invitations to watch or listen, check out my Facebook page: Sonja Lewis.
If you miss the tour completely, visit my press for playbacks or copies of the interviews. If you’ve read the novel, join the discussion on what to write next. If you haven’t read it, now is the time. I’m giving away two copies on Goodreads.com. Or buy the paperback or digital version from most online retailers.
Now where was I? What page was I on? That’s right, the Kindle doesn’t do page numbers. Never mind, I’m enjoying this fantastic novel all the same and hope to finish it before the writing (well the researching, thinking, planning) begins. If not, I’ll just have to roll the two-sided dice. Wish me magic? Okay, more opportunities for hard work. I’ll take it!