Guest Post + Giveaway: My Writing Process By Cait Lavender
The story strikes. Most of the time? It hits in the shower. As a stay-at-home mother of a busy, busy toddler, I’m running around the house doing a million things at once trying to keep a fingernail’s grip on my sanity. The piles of laundry are ever growing and the dishes never ceasing and diapers always need changing. One of the few times during the day when I have a moment to myself to relax and think is in the hot water of a nice long shower.
I call her the Shower Muse. She’s a fickle bitch; never consistent, never there when I need her but always there with ideas for other books when I need plot twists in the one I’m writing. But, every now and then she deigns to be beneficent and throws me a bone. A character I hadn’t expected to like turns into a major player, a scene gets pinned down, dialogue is created. I swear if I ever become truly successful I’m buying myself a bigger damn shower and writing it off as a business expense.
And now? I have to wait until my munchkin goes to sleep before I begin to manically type on my laptop, punching out scene after scene and line after line of dialogue. Occasionally I’ll get some music going as a compliment to the clicking of my keyboard or I’ll have the TV playing low in the background. If I’m lucky or particularly in the zone, I type well into the night, only stopping to pee, get something to drink or candy to eat until my eyes can’t focus anymore. Then and only then do I limp, blearily to bed only to get up and do it all again the next night.
Sometimes that elusive muse hides from me and I sit, for days, staring at the screen and no clever words or witty lines come. When that happens I go back to the one reason why I decided to become a writer in the first place: Books. I pick up the newest Patricia Briggs, re-read a Christopher Moore or Terry Pratchett or scroll through the Kindle store and search for something new and different. I’m convinced the only way to become a better writer is through practice and reading everything you can get your hands on.
So that is my writing process, or lack thereof. It’s amazing I get anything done at all. But I have so many books in my head, bouncing around like rubber balls, and if I don’t type them out two things will happen, neither good. One, my head will explode. And since I’m convinced I have a mild case of schizophrenia from all the characters talking to me in my head it’s completely possible that it will anyway. And two, my readers or the fabulous people in my writer’s group will drive to my house, duct tape me to a chair and hold me at gunpoint while I type for my life. And so, onward I go.
Bawling cattle tore Shelby Flint from her bed. With lawyer fees to pay in her struggle to keep her ranch from the clutches of her greedy cousins, she couldn’t afford the loss of even one calf. When she sees a large wolf circling her cows, she aims and fires. While the wolf escapes, Shelby can’t seem to get away from her troubles when a marijuana grower sets up shop on her land, sabotaging her property and eventually coming after her.
Adding to that, a handsome game warden is poking his nose into her business and working his way underneath her skin. Shelby will have to fight harder than she ever fought before to keep from losing her heart and everything she ever loved.
Shelby Flint is a self-sufficient cowgirl and cattle rancher, but when a wolf goes after her calves, a man is murdered on her land and someone is sabotaging her property she can’t do it by herself any longer. In walks a handsome game warden, poking his nose in her business and working her way under her skin. Shelby will have to fight harder than she ever has before to keep from losing her heart and everything she ever loved.
About The Author:
Cait Lavender is a twenty five year old wife and stay at home mother of one in Central California. Living on a cattle ranch and raising her daughter doesn’t afford her much leisure time, but when she has a spare minute or two she loves riding horses, baking and reading everything she can get her hands on. She grew up loving the written word and creative writing and finally decided to work on her dream of becoming a published author.
She has a short story, Cowboy Moon, and a full-length novel, Hunter Moon, both available on Smashwords, Amazon and Barnes & Noble. She’d love to hear from you on her Facebook author page, @caitlavender on Twitter or on her blog, www.caitlavender.com