I write a bit of everything, I try to get some of it published. Most times, I get rejected. I submit again (to other places). Eventually, I get published. In the meantime, I complain about the hazards of real life. It's a process, really.
Today, my blog has been invaded by none other than Jaycee DeLorenzo! If you haven't heard of her, hopefully you'll look her up after this because well, she rocks! With no further ado, take it away!
Hello, everyone! This is Jaycee DeLorenzo on my book/blog tour for The Truths about Dating and Mating. Today Lynn(e) has asked me to answer some questions regarding how I wrote this and what keeps me motivated.
In regards to how –
Plotter or pantser?
I am a plotter. I write a huge general summary of the story before I get started, and then I just start writing.
Word Count goal?
Nope! I just go with it without worry about word count until I feel the story was finished. The first version of this was 147,000 words, which was waaaaaayyy too long. I had to get it down to about 100,000. That all happened in the editing process.
How long did it take me to write and what was my inspiration?
Ten years ago – give or take – I was driving home from my husband’s work and listening to Loveline in the radio. There was a question asked, which was given an answer that I found bland and poorly handled. I just kind of blurted out my own answer, a little funny and a little sarcastically, but it was accurate. I was always looking for story ideas, so I thought about it for the rest of the ride, and then free-wrote my first chapter, then forgot about it for a while. I found the file again some time later, and decided to do something with it, which included putting together my outline. So, it’s been ten years in the making, but there were plenty of times I’d go months without working on it. Only in the last year, did I get serious about finishing it.
As for what keeps me motivated…?
I’ve wanted to be published forever, and I set a goal to do it this year. Knowing the end of the year was coming up was a huge motivator to get my book done. And now, today is my release day, so I’ve done it!
Thanks for having me today, Lynn(e)
The Truths about Dating and Mating
Author: Jaycee DeLorenzo
Release Date: November 21, 2012
Spunky Italian coed Ivy Rossini likes to talk and push the boundaries. She gets to do both as she co-hosts Riordan College’s radio program, The Truths about Dating and Mating, alongside her lifelong best friend, Ian Hollister.
Being the only girl who cares to see beyond Ian’s bad boy reputation has its advantages, especially when he’s scaring off the jerks who just want to nail the campus sex-guru. It’s when he’s “protecting” her from the advances she welcomes that she wants to lob him over the head and tell him to butt out. But Ivy’s feels like she’s the one who’s taken a hit when Ian almost kisses her at a party. She knows she should feel relieved when he pulls away, so why is she disappointed instead?
What’s worse, Ivy’s now getting aroused by Ian’s slightest touch and can’t stop entertaining thoughts of a romantic future. But Ian doesn’t do relationships, and she’s not interested in anything casual. In the end, Ivy decides it’s best to keep her growing feelings a secret and hope they’ll pass. However, when Ian begins hinting at wanting to take things to the next level, she’s forced to decide if a chance at something more is worth risking everything they’ve built. With their friendship and her heart hanging in the balance, can Ivy follow the advice she and Ian give their listeners - to communicate, be honest, and trust in themselves - or will insecurity, stubbornness, and pride ruin any chance of their relationship getting off the ground?
Jaycee DeLorenzo hails from Tucson, Arizona, on the outskirts of the Saguaro National Park – which she believes to be the most beautiful spread of desert in the world. By day, Jaycee is an English language teacher to elementary students. By night, she’s a wife, mother, writer, cover artist, website designer, and blogger. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, cooking, singing (very poorly), catching up on her favorite T.V. shows, and researching.
The Truths about Dating and Mating is Jaycee's debut novel, and the first in a series centering around students of the fictitious Riordan College.