April Showers Bring…Delights in Procrastinating
by Kasey Michaels, author of A Scandalous Proposal
A Scandalous Proposal, second in my Little Season trilogy, just hit the stands, around the same time I completed A Reckless Promise, the final story about veterans of the Napoleonic Wars and their return to London Society. This is exciting because all three books will be available in a single year, something I believe readers like…at least this reader does.
The Little Season trilogy has entertained me mightily, and I hope the characters will entertain you, as well. But what this does to a writer’s life when writing back-to-back-to-back stories, or at least this writer, is another story.
While digging in my closet for something to wear: I want to clean out this closet, I have to clean out this closet, if I do nothing else before I die, I will clean out this closet.
While throwing dinner together at the last minute: Why do I still own these pots? Aunt Hilda gave me this set of pots at my wedding shower. So they’re what? Fifty-two years old? I’m going to clean out this kitchen, streamline it, get rid of things I don’t use—like all these plastic containers with no matching tops. And what does this funny-shaped thing do? Oh, wait, it’s a melon baller. That’ll go. Me? Make melon balls? Yeah, like that’s ever going to happen…
While hunting up Important Papers for anything at all (and Important Papers are always absolutely positively necessary right when I’m typing, “He was going to kiss her. She just knew it…”): He says he knows where everything is in this mess. Yeah, right, that’s why I’m the one sitting on the floor digging through a year’s worth of receipts he just tossed into a box. Tossing something into a box does not mean he knows where something is—it just means he thinks he knows where it was when he last saw it six months ago. Oh, the day this book is done, I’m buying files and tabs and organizing that man—either that, or I’m going to have to kill him.
And this is what I obsess about when I’m not writing: Oh! Oh! Yes, that’s the perfect plot. She’d be…and then he can be the one who…and I’ve always wanted to learn more about how that’s done anyway and it would be such fun to have that happen. Snippets of dialogue run through my head, whole scenes begin to unfold.
All of which, now that I’m thinking about it, helps explain why Dany, my heroine in A Scandalous Proposal, is a young woman who does what she wants when she wants to, and why Sadie, my heroine in the upcoming A Reckless Promise, can sometimes get a bee in her bonnet about housekeeping.
Wow! What a revelation! And I always say I don’t put myself into my books. Well, strike that one, because apparently I do. It just might be that my next heroine sometimes bites off more than she can chew. Yeah, that’d work. And then, once she’s in something up to her neck, she has no choice but to apply for help from the man she swore never to talk to again, her own husband.
Oh wow, oh wow, oh wow. I can see it now…their first meeting after a year spent apart. Excuse me, I’ve got to toss those mismatched plastic food containers back into the cabinet and grab my baby-naming book so I can give these guys names and get started writing. Everything else can wait.
Happy reading, and happy spring cleaning, and most of all, happy procrastinating!
Readers, are you guilty of procrastinating?
About A Scandalous Proposal:
Who would have thought a man could tire of being fawned over and flirted with? Ever since Cooper Townsend returned from France as a hero with a new title, he has been relentlessly pursued by every marriageable miss in London. Perhaps that’s why the unconventional Miss Daniella Foster is so appealing. She doesn’t simper or flatter. She only wants him to help unmask her sister’s blackmailer, and Coop has never been so intrigued…
Let every other woman in London fight over His Lordship’s romantic attentions. Marriage is the last thing on Dany’s mind…at least until she samples his illicit kisses. Now, as a mutual enemy races to ruin Coop’s reputation and Dany’s family name, an engagement of convenience will spark an unlikely passion that might save them both.