Monday's Muse~Revision And Goodreads

Since it's the beginning of summer and the novel I'm editing takes place at the end of winter, I needed this picture to inspire me! As I'm editing the sequel to Spruce Knoll I'm noticing the depth of the difference in the themes from one novel to the other. Because of the difference in theme I'm realizing that what inspires me for the second novel is quite different from what inspired me during the first novel. The first novel was all about secrets and truths while the second is about choices (and that's the only hint you'll get about book 2!). My main character has to do even more growing up in this one and the decisions she makes will affect a lot more than just her. My muse is requiring darker substance for this one.

I finally finished reading Frankenstein: Prodigal Son by Dean Koontz. It was good but a bit dark even for what my muse needs. If you like Dean Koontz or the Frankenstein legend then be sure to check it out. I'll be reading the next in the series soon but I had to take a break to read Elana Johnson's Possession. I've been waiting for her book for so long and I get to start it tonight! Speaking of good reads, my novel is now on the Goodreads website! *happy dance* It made me both happy and terrified to see it on there. And I'm deeply touched (moved to tears really) by all the people that have added it to their 'to-read' list on there.

The music that has been feeding my muse is Avril Lavigne, Alison Iraheta, and a bit of Nickleback. What inspired you last week? Have you written a sequel and been surprised by the differences in your characters?


  1. How exciting to have Spruce Knoll on Goodreads! have put it on my list. And I love that wintry picture! So beautiful, with the sunlight on the white aspen bark. (those are aspens, aren't they?)

  2. I love the picture and good luck today!!!

  3. Thank you for a beautiful photo. Definitely a great muse. I find it fascinating how my writing follows what's going on inside my mind and heart at the time. Our internal muse. My work in progress is a character out of the first, but completely different genre. No longer is she part of a thriller, but venturing out on her own in comedy. My muse... music is definitely a must. You've just reminded me to put on the fun tunes and maybe crack a beer. It is 6 pm somewhere in the world isn't it?
    Happy Monday!

  4. First of all, that picture is gorgeous. I'm a winter lover, and it's been toasty warm here in the South.

    So excited to see The Secret Of Spruce Knoll on Goodreads! Congratulations!!!

    Right now my biggest inspiration is the freedom to write what I want to write. Even though I'm working on a trilogy, there's a different protag for each book—so I see a lot of differences in character. ;)

  5. Sigh. I'm afraid to write a sequel when I haven't sold #1. I'm not an outliner, but *gets closer* *whispers* I wrote one for a sequel because it wouldn't leave me alone! There I said it. :D I notice my themes very often have to do with choices as well btw.

  6. Linda, it is exciting, and thank you so much! Yes, those are aspens. :)

    Mundies, thank you ladies!

    Karlene, yes it is! LOL! Getting into your character's head is important and it can also be fun. Go for it!

  7. VR, thank you so much! I'm super excited too. I love that your trilogy has a different protag for each book! That is awesome and a great way to keep it fresh.

    Lisa, good for you! Be brave, go for it girl! Readers love sequels and I would buy a series of your books any day. :)

  8. Yay! I'm going to add it to my TBR list on Goodreads. Congrats Heather!

  9. Just added your book to my Goodreads! Yay - how exciting! What inspired me? Hm... amazing theatre production on Saturday night.

  10. Didn't know it was on Goodreads yet. Going to add it right now. LOL

    I'm waiting for my copy of Possession, but there is a postal lock-out here in Canada, so we haven't had mail since Wednesday.

    Speaking of Canadians, it's nice to see some on your playlist. ;)

    All the best!

  11. Love the picture!

    Congratulations on having your book on Goodreads! :) That's awesome.

  12. I think that's a perfect example of a good character arc! I keep meaning to get on Goodreads... I need to go check it out!

  13. Great picture! I find it inspiring as well. And congrats on your book being listed on Goodreads! Woo hoo!
    Since I haven't yet finished my first novel, I haven't written a sequel. I'm hoping to keep inspired enough to finish a draft!

  14. Lydia, thank you so much! :)

    Talli, oh thank you! And a theater production, that sounds like so much fun!

    Jessica, thank you hon! A postal lock-out? That sounds horrible!

  15. Golden Eagle, thank you! It's scary but also kind of awesome. :)

    Alexia, thank you, I'm glad you like my character arc. You'll love the Goodreads site. It's an excellent place to connect with other readers and discuss books.

    LinWash, it is beautiful isn't it? And thank you for the congrats! Keep that inspiration up, you can do it!

  16. Needing some winter muses? I'd highly recommend the book Game of Thrones (what the HBO series is based on). It's all about the terrors of coming winter, and the little creatures cold and darkness can bring. Plus it's all medieval-y and fantastic. :)

    Good luck with the writing!!

  17. Congratulations, Heather! Going right now to add it to my list! ;)

    And all the wonderful surprises my characters throw at me are what keep me coming back again and again.

  18. Bethany, great recommendation! I read those novels a while back and the TV series has made me want to read them again!

    Melissa, thank you! That's so sweet of you! Me too on the character surprises, gotta love em!

  19. How awesome about your book. I added it to my list to read too. Your description of it is great. Good luck.

  20. Yay! I added it to my TBR shelf :)

    Love the picture too! 102 degrees today. I could use some winter weather LOL

  21. Natalie, thank you so much! :-)

    Christie, thank you!!! Wow, 102, that's a bit much! I'm sending you cool thoughts!

  22. Yes, as I started writing the second novel I started to like one of my secondary characters. I even started to do a character profile for her!
    Now that I am a bit more active over on Goodreads, I will definitely add your book to my tbr list!!! :D


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