Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Storytellers

by Maggie Sefton


Kate's post last week really got me going.  At the end, Kate asked...."Amen?"
You betcha, Kate.  AMEN!!  A resounding Amen.  Since then, both Lorraine and Mary have also posted about writing and writers.

As someone who was "born" a storyteller, that drive to tell your stories is all-consuming at times.  We novelists will do without sleep to write, stay at home when others go out in order to get more words on paper, and will live in more reduced sitations in order to have time to capture those fascinating characters onto the page.

Driven?  You bet we are.   We have to be in order to keep writing our stories, even when our daily lives don't cooperate.   I remember telling people how I "created" writing time for myself years and years ago when our family was living in West Lafayette, Indiana, and we had all four kids at home and still in school.  I was trying to balance managing that busy family life with kids from high school to elementary.  There was simply no place during the day to squeeze out writing time, especially since I was also taking beginning classes in grad school.  But the characters in my story kept demanding to have their time on the page.   So-----I did the only thing I could.  I "created" extra time to write.

For a six month period, Three nights out of a week, I would make a small pot of espresso coffee at 10:00pm and drink all three demi-tasse cups of espresso.  That would ensure insomnia until about 2:00am or 3:00am.  Four hours of writing time.   Sound crazy?  Not if you're a novelist who's trying to find time to write.  I was young, healthy and strong and was able to easily live on those days of less sleep.  Plus, I was still doing my usual three-mile running routine every day.  I only did it for six months, long enough to get most of that big book onto the page.  And I was none the worse for wear, believe it or not.   :)

Would I do that now?   Heck, no.   But I still feel that same drive to write.  And lately, my historical characters have been antsy to get back on stage, so I'm finding time for them.  That's probably why Amanda Duncan and Devlin Burke walked onstage a few years ago  and demanded to be on the page. They're the two main characters who work together to solve the murders in the first of my Historical Mysteries-----SCANDALS, SECRETS, AND MURDER:  The Widow and the Rogue Mysteries.

Amanda and Devlin make a great team working together in 1890 Washington, DC.  You can read more about them on my website and see several Five Star reviews on Amazon.  The E-book is available on Amazon and BN.com.   Trade paperback copies are coming soon from Amazon.

12 comments:

Ellen C. said...

That fantastic cover alone makes me want to buy the book! Good luck, Maggie--sounds interesting! Ellen

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Amazing story of your writing routine, Maggie. Of course, I am not surprised. I too love the cover - what a terrific series idea. I am looking forward to curling up with this on my e-reader.

XO

Grandma Cootie said...

Great cover and looks like a great read. I had a routine similar to yours when I was getting my degree. Already had the husband and kids, already had the job, so I would do my "normal" routines until about 10 each night. I'd go to bed and get back up when all was quiet and spend a few hours doing homework, studying. We had a small, well-insulated room in the garage so I could work undisturbed without disturbing anyone else. No way I could do that now but it served it's purpose then.

Maggie Sefton said...

Thanks, Ellen. :) I hope you give Amanda & Devlin a try. Let me know if you do.

Maggie Sefton said...

You're a doll, MJ. :) I'm so glad you're a Cozy Chick.

Maggie Sefton said...

Grandma Cootie---Ohhhh, yeah. :) We do know how to create time, don't we? And we certainly wouldn't do it now.

lavendersbluegreen said...

Ooh this looks good!

mary kennedy said...

Fantastic blog, Maggie! We are driven, no doubt about it. This is the most exciting book cover I've seen in a long time. You really nailed it, it draws you in, makes you want to know these intriguing characters. I know SCANDALS, SECRETS and MURDER will be a wild success.

Patricia Plummer said...

I totally LOVED Scandals, Secrets and Murder. I really am looking forward to the next installment. As a history buff, and former history teacher, I really love the integration of the cozy and history. Such a ripe field for picking. Is there a book 2 in the offing??

Maggie Sefton said...

lavendersbluegreen----I hope you give it a try. :)

Maggie Sefton said...

Thank you so much, Mary. You're sweet to say that. I hope you're right. :) Meanwhile, I love, love, love those two characters, so of course, I'll keep writing them.

Maggie Sefton said...

Patricia----I am SO pleased you loved SCANDALS. :) And the fact that you were a history teacher means a lot. My mystery readers may not know it, but I started my writing career writing historicals, historical romance. I was first pubbed in 1995 with a Western featuring a Confederate widow and a former Union office in 1871 Abilene, KS---titled ABILENE GAMBLE. It's now in Ebooks as ABILENE GAMBLER. :) And, yes----there will be a 2nd Historical Mystery in the Widow and the Rogue Mysteries. Hopefully I can start writing it this Fall. :)