It's been a while since I've posted any updates so I thought I should let you all know what's been going on in my crazy life over the last month or so.
I was talking to Kathleen, one of the owners of Taylor Street Books, a few months back about genre. We were discussing what sells and what may not and how tough it can be to change genre. Obviously, paranormal romance is a hot seller right now and I jokingly said to Kathleen, "I should write a vampire novel."
Kathleen got very excited and said, "Jess, what a great idea! You'd probably be pretty good at it."
I really had been joking. But she wasn't. Gulp. Crap. OMG!
So, I said, "Well, uh, alright. I guess." And I wondered what I'd just agreed to.
And that was that. The subject was dropped, and a month later, I thought she'd forgotten about it, but she brought it up again. It was then I realized that I simply had to do it. I, Jessica L. Degarmo, would enter completely foreign territory and push out a book someone thought I might do well, even though I'd never done anything like it before. I said, "Ok, I'll have it done by Halloween. No problem." No pressure, right? And, yes, I'm fully aware I'm insane!
So I started writing the book at the end of August. It was a bit rough at first, and I wondered if I would actually be able to get the thing done like I told her I would. For a few weeks, I had nothing except a rough mental sketch and the names of my vampires. Then it started coming together and turned into a runaway train, and before you knew it, I had an idea for a trilogy in my head!
Now I know some of you might be thinking, "You, writing Vamp Lit? Why? What about the nice little love stories?" And yep, I would have agreed, at least until I got into the meat of this book. It was so much fun to write! And honestly, it was refreshing to take myself out of my comfort zone and let it all out without worrying that it was too much, too edgy or too gory. I removed my self-imposed limits and let the book come naturally.
I think you readers will see a different side to me, and I hope you like it. I'm not done writing romance books, far from done, in fact, but I think it's important to explore and try new things. My husband said something very profound to me when I told him I was a little afraid I'd be accused of selling out. He said, "You're not selling out. You're just trying to figure out where you fit."
He was absolutely right. And I just might have figured a few things out. For example, I don't want to pigeon-hole myself. I want to expand and grow and challenge myself to write something different, to show my readers that I'm not a one-trick-pony (with loads of cliches, but hey, if the shoe fits...groan!). I want to explore multiple genres and see where I fit. I want to try to master them all.
And after a feverish month of edits and rewrites and brain-wracking sessions and tons of daydreaming, I am happy to announce that Blood Lust, the first in the Lust Trilogy, will be released on October 15, 2012 by Taylor Street Books! For a sneak-peak and the official trailer, see the Blood Lust tab at the top of this page.
And I'm not done exploring. Guess what? Next year will bring the release of a psychological thriller, another Johns Creek Second Chances book, and the remaining two books in the Lust Trilogy. And, if I can make it work, one of my older books will truly be finished when I complete and release the sequel THIS YEAR! I'm hoping to have it done by December. Wish me luck! And I know I'm teasing you, but you'll just have to wait and see which story will finally be completely told. You may be surprised!
So, with my free time for the next year and two months already accounted for, I'm happily plugging along doing what I love to do: telling stories and finding fulfillment or enlightenment or self-actualization or something like that, anyway, and completely overwhelming myself and creating deadlines that might just give me either grey hair or a heart attack! And yeah, it's going to be a minor miracle if I can pull it all off, but it's worth a shot!
I hope you all join me in celebrating the release of Blood Lust on October 15. I'll be hosting a giveaway/book launch party on Facebook, and I'd love for you all to be there. https://www.facebook.com/events/371939562881307/
And that, my dear friends, is enough for now, I think. I'd write more but since I've committed myself to tasks that are just crazy enough to get me committed, I'd better go...