Three years later and where I’m At with Writing #ROW80

Four years ago today I never once had it enter my mind that I was going to have written four going on five books. My first book – Friends of Choice – was just a pipe dream. Now I am able to say I am closing in on the first draft of Along Came Neil. I have a minimum of 14k words to go. I never even thought back then that I would consider writing a romance.

My book, Friends of Choice, it was written for me. I had fears living deep down inside me that needed to come out. This book banged around in my mind after my daughter left home unexpectedly when she turned 18. A friend of hers told her that now that she was 18 she could move out on her own and not finish school.

Things have a way of not turning out the way you plan. I had planned on going to my daughter’s graduation that never happened. She still has not passed her test for her GED either. I hear she is close but I don’t know how close she is to getting a high enough score.

You see, things didn’t turn out the way she had expected. She figured getting her GED would be easy Peasey. Not –

Then when I started writing Aaron & Keja, that book was just for fun. It was my way of toying with writing and publishing and just having plain old fun with my stories.

Witch Book came next. I enjoyed writing that book so much that I had the first draft written in sixty days. Almost a NaNo Wri Mo achievement, I just missed it by a month.

With Road Salt, my writing took on a more serious note. With this book I was on a mission after my son entered a residential drug rehab and had been in the program for almost six months.

He had been so proud to tell all the counselors that his mom wrote books he had me passing Friends of Choice around his rehab house. His counselor liked it so much she asked me what are you going to write next. I gave it some thought. There were topics in the news to choose from that dealt with substance abuse. The first one I thought of was snitching.

I presented the idea about snitching to his counselor – she didn’t like the idea. I didn’t give up. I was determined to come up with a new topic that she would approve of. It wasn’t like she was my publisher or editor. It was more about the beliefs of the program he was in. I wanted to write a book that his counselor would find acceptable.

Then I saw her – one Sunday morning on the local TV news station. She was talking about the dangers of Bath Salts – a new designer drug that was having devastating effects not just in the US but world wide. It was being sold globally in our own store fronts legally and online.

So the next time we met with her I told her what I came up with. I pitched it to her and she loved not just the idea of the book but also the name.

That is how Road Salt came to be.

I look back on that past year while I was struggling to come up with the next title and how my desire to write began to change.

Call it inspiration or desire – I now call it a need because each story has made me feel good when they have been completed.

How is your writing week going?

Tell me I’d love to hear from you.

What has inspired you to write the book you are working on? Is there a cause that is a driving force in your life?

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About Linda Nelson

Full-time worker by day and a college student/writer by night. Linda is studying Business Management and Social Services while she works on her Bachelor Degree at Franklin Pierce University. Blogging when she can to keep the writing muse growing. In 2010, Linda broke out into writing with her first Contemporary Young Adult novella, Friends of Choice which she later retitled and re-edited in 2013 to, What Karla Wants. Since then she has published two more Contemporary Young Adult novels, one of which is a Sweet Romance, and published two slipstream fantasy novels. Linda is a member of Romance Writers of America since 2012. Watch for her coming new releases.

3 thoughts on “Three years later and where I’m At with Writing #ROW80

  1. Emily Witt

    It’s interesting how life sometimes catapaults in a direction you never expected, isn’t it? Thanks for sharing this story, I love hearing how an author’s life influences their writing.


  2. shanjeniah


    I’m hoping your children are on their way to the lives they most desire…and happy that you’ve found goodness in exploring these devastating areas of your life.

    I do have a cause. As a grown survivor of childhood abuse, a mom who came later than I wish I had to parenting with partnership, respect, and gentleness, and as the mother of a child who died in infancy, I find these themes occurring again and again in my writing, and, since I allowed myself to delve into them, my writing has become far deeper and far more honest.

    This was a fascinating and brave look into the birth of a writing career! than you for sharing it.


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