Starting My Next Novel and Preparing for #ACFW Conference


conf ID-100169698The ACFW Conference is approaching rather quickly.

August 24th will be here before I know it, and I’ll be packing my bags and heading off to the airport to fly to Nashville.

This trip signifies many firsts for me. My first flight by myself. My first conference by myself. And my first ever ACFW Conference. I really never thought I’d be able to attend the ACFW. But God has a way of orchestrating things like I never could, and He’s made sure I will be there. More details on HOW this happened in another post.

To add to the greatness, listen to this: A few months ago, I was supposed to go on a cruise with a client. The cruise got canceled and I had an unused plane ticket that was non-transferrable and non-refundable sitting on my desk. I’d been contemplating taking a short trip with my daughter to somewhere where I could do research for my next novel, but hadn’t found the perfect place yet.

It became very clear to me after finding out I was going to the conference that God intended for me to use the plane ticket to fly to Nashville. Yes, I could drive there, but the gas and the hotel parking come out to so much more than my already-purchased plane ticket. Plus, I can sit back and let someone else get me there while I focus on calming my nerves and perfecting my pitches for editors.

I’m finishing up some projects for a few clients and then basically sequestering myself until I have just the right proposal.

I haven’t written since the middle of 2015 (I’ve edited and self-published all my titles, but haven’t written anything new), so I’m a bit nervous about getting started again. I’ve done a few proposals, but nothing that’s been accepted, and so they haven’t developed into novels yet. This is probably the longest I’ve gone without writing since being published. Sometimes life just happens and takes you away from your favorite pastime. But that’s okay. I’m back now.

The story is going to be a Contemporary Romantic Suspense involving a woman who is running for her life and the detective who needs her to solve his case. I’m almost through with the plotting and will be writing by the end of the weekend!

So cheer me on and say a prayer for me as I begin this journey of what we call STORY.

Photo credit: Girl drawing

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