A writer’s life for me
Wednesday, July 19th, 2006 Jul 19th, 2006 leave a response

The day Planet Mail came out was obviously a happy one for me. But as I spent half an hour erasing pencil scrawl from my daughter’s chair, table and hutch and mopping up the apple juice she had deliberately spread over every surface, I found myself wondering whether I was the only author who found not a lot had changed.

When will I be able to command my personal assistant to take care of the mess so that I can go back to my muse? How many books do I have to write before I become the new Barbara Cartland or Nora Roberts? Quite a lot I imagine. I keep hearing that I need to write steadily for the next 5-10 years or so, gain a steady following and then bask in my glory. That seems like a very long time to wait…

I blame this attitude on Mr Kate. When I hit 40 he pointed out very kindly that I was probably halfway through my life. This kind of startled me. I hadn’t really thought about it like that before. But was I a glass half full or a glass half empty? That is the question. And I’m still not sure. Hence my impatience to write faster and do better quicker.

I got to do a nice writerly thing last Saturday. My friend Susan and I went to a writer’s class to support our friend Caron Kamps Widden in one of her first forays as a published writer. She talked about her book, Restoration, did a reading and answered questions. She was really calm and professional and authorly.

I still can’t quite see myself doing that. First off, finding a passage to read in one of my books that wouldn’t frighten/offend/titillate someone would be tricky. Secondly as a famous blusher (read my previous blog on this) I’m not sure if I could deal with someone actually asking me about the sex scenes!

Email and the internet are definitely my preferred medium. People can imagine me how they want to imagine an erotic romance writer and I can write to them with confidence that they’d never guess it was me if they met me on the street. One delightful thing is fan mail from readers. When someone responds to your characters as if they are real people or wants to know what happens to secondary characters, you can only feel that you have ‘communicated’-that magical alchemy between writer and reader we all strive for.

It’s really hot here at the moment and my keyboard is a bit sticky. It makes it hard to type and even harder to concentrate when all I can think about is a nice big glass of cold water! In a week, I’m off to the Romance Writers conference in Atlanta. I’m really looking forward to spending some time with my ‘peeps’. People who understand my vagaries and my inability to live in the real world. People who understand that a first sale ribbon means something. (stop laughing Mr Kate)

Mr Kate is girding his loins to look after our 4 kids. He’s actually very good at it. The only thing I notice is that when I come back they are pleased to see me cooking anything. I’m not quite sure what he feeds them while I’m away. It’s probably better that I don’t know. But one great thing about dear Mr K-he is super tidy and I always walk in to a gleaming kitchen and clean floors. (then I wonder why I came back) (no, Mr Kate-that’s a joke-don’t pout!)

10 comments to “A writer’s life for me”

  1. Honey
      · July 19th, 2006 at 12:41 pm · Link

    Atlanta’s going to be so much fun! 🙂 I can’t wait to meet everybody.

    When my husband was growing up, his mom went on a trip and left his dad to care for the kids. Hubby and his sister got tuna salad sandwiches in their lunchboxes and weren’t too happy about it, so they didn’t eat them. When Dad found out, they had to face the tuna salad sandwiches for dinner, then breakfast the next morning, until the sandwiches were gone. Icky. 🙂 I’m sure Mr. Kate doesn’t do that to your kids, though.

  2. Mel Francis
      · July 19th, 2006 at 3:42 pm · Link

    I don’t know what Mr. Mel will feed the boys while I’m gone, but frankly, that’s his problem. Both boys are big enough to fix themselves a sandwich if they don’t like the offerings. However, Mr. Mel is quite and excellent cook, so I’m sure they’ll be in good hands.

    I can’t wait to see you next week!

  3. caron kamps widden
      · July 20th, 2006 at 8:18 am · Link

    Good luck and have fun in Hot-lanta. So good to see you in Martinez…I was so nervous and felt much calmer once I laid eyes on you and Susan. Hope you make a lot of contacts at your convention and much success to you with the new book. Not to worry, you are the next Nora Roberts and I’m certain it won’t take ten years.

  4. kidscanwrite
      · July 21st, 2006 at 7:05 am · Link

    Have fun in Atlanta and enjoy your fellow writers. I am happy that you will be among friends who have passion for the same things you do AND a chance to relax and take time and do for yourself!

    Mr.Kate will have his own passionate return for you, I’m sure! And hey, can’t complain about clean floors!

  5. Kate Pearce
      · July 21st, 2006 at 8:51 pm · Link

    thanks for the comments everyone!
    I notice a distinct lean towards concern for Mr Kate as to what he will feed the kids as opposed to my chances of becoming the next Nora.!

  6. Mr Kate
      · July 24th, 2006 at 4:09 am · Link

    I have all the takeouts and resturants planned for the family meals while you are away my dear!

    The freezer is stocked and the boys know where the Microwave is and how to use it… My job is done 🙂

    Have fun in Atlanta everyone

    Mr Kate

  7. Bast Cat
      · July 25th, 2006 at 1:26 am · Link

    That’s because Nora Roberts is great and all but you’re Kate Pearce. So much cooler.

    Now, Mr. Kate, what happened with your child and the microwave in the past? Something to do with a fire??? Uh-oh!

  8. Mr Kate
      · July 25th, 2006 at 5:19 am · Link

    mmm Yes, I remember the smoke and flames comming out of Kates head – or was that the microwave? 🙂

    Looks like its takeouts all week then 🙂

    Mr Kate

  9. Mr Kate
      · July 25th, 2006 at 5:31 am · Link

    Comming as in “coming”

    I wish I could spell and type at the same time 🙁

    Mr Kate

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