A lot of people ask me how I find the time to write, and an extension of that is the other question: why do I write? I never really know what to say. Yes, I have a full time job, a husband and an active little boy that keep me busy—busy enough that my days are already very full. And yes, sometimes the last thing I want to do after a long day in front of the computer at the day job is to sit down with my laptop and write, especially when the characters or the plot or the conflict are being difficult.
And yet, I do it anyway. When I sit down with that blank page in front of me, suddenly I’m in another world. It’s not a novel concept. Many authors will tell you this…mostly because it’s true. While I take my writing seriously and to be successful I believe I have to treat it the same way I would my job, I do it because it fulfills something inside me that aches for expression.
When I sat down to write FALLING HARD, I wasn’t thinking about the laundry that needed to be done, or the piles of paperwork on my desk. I wasn’t thinking about anything except this one scene that had popped into my head.
A woman walked down a dark and dingy corridor, approaching a room at the end of the hall. She didn’t yet know her purpose, and she didn’t yet know her fate, but she was magnificent! I saw her in my mind’s eye as if she stood before me. Golden hair and pure white wings, but there the angelic vision ended, because she was cold. So cold. Without any shred of emotion to lend mercy to the vicious looking sword strapped to her back.
I needed to know what secrets her past held. I needed to know what was inside the room. And I needed to know who would prove to be her match.
And I knew I was the only one who could write this story.
Oddly enough, the scene that so hooked me, leading me down that particular path, isn’t even in the book anymore. (Although on release day, it will be available as an extra on my website J ) But it just goes to show why I write and why I make the time to write.
Because I need to know.
FALLING HARD is available from Carina Press on July 18.
J.K. Coi is a multi-published, award winning author of contemporary and paranormal romance and urban fantasy. She makes her home in Ontario, Canada, with her husband and son and a feisty black cat who is the uncontested head of the household. While she spends her days immersed in the litigious world of insurance law, she is very happy to spend her nights writing dark and sexy characters who leap off the page and into readers’ hearts.
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