It’s no secret that life has a way of kicking you behind the knees and dropping you face-first in the gravel when you least expect it. And so it happened that while working on the early chapters of my erotic romance novella TEMPTED my husband was diagnosed with a virulent form of a potentially fatal illness. Our lives imploded with the news and everything at our house changed in an instant.
I don’t remember how long it took for me to try to work again. I think my brain simply shut down to anything outside the immediacy of family needs between hospital visits. Eventually, though, I emerged from my stupor of shock and fear and picked up my laptop to revisit my WIP; not expecting to get any real work done. To my surprise, my TEMPTED characters pulled me into their story and immersed me in their world. My raw emotions channeled through their voices, animating them with hope and the amazing power of enduring love. The book’s central theme posed the questions: If technologically restored youth were possible, would you choose it? What if you couldn’t take your lifelong partner with you? Would you choose it then?
I finished TEMPTED and the book was published. My characters enjoyed their Happily Ever After while my husband and I celebrated his miraculous full recovery. Life had pushed our faces in the dirt, then dusted us off with silver-lined gloves and sent us on our way.
In the afterglow of my husband’s stunning return to health I began my paranormal erotic romance novella EROTIC ART. While writing this book, I became filled with renewed vigor and bright-eyed optimism. My characters overcame the wrath of a powerful ghost determined to keep them apart. Love transcended death in the lives of my characters as it had in mine. EROTIC ART also sold to a publisher and remains one of my favorite stories.
What creative lessons have I learned from the life-changing events my husband and I experienced? Deep emotions may at first wound and paralyze, but they can also sharpen creativity as the artistic process heals the troubled soul.
I love TEMPTED and EROTIC ART for entirely different reasons. One book gave me strength in the face of adversity while the other celebrated victory. The emotions I experienced while writing them were equally powerful opposites.
Our Happily Ever After kicked some major butt.
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