Maybe Baby…and its progress

For the last year, I’ve been hard at work at finishing Maybe Baby, which I’ve blathered on about on Facebook and on Kim Talks Books. Maybe Baby was my NaNoWriMo 2012 novel, and it was so much fun to write, even if it deals with infidelity, a subject that is not everyone’s cup of tea.

Kerry Washington, inspiration for Laney
Kerry Washington, inspiration for Laney

To keep me motivated while I was writing, I made an inspiration board on Pinterest and then I used Picmonkey to make a collage. I had these open as I was writing so I could stay focused. Those of you who’ve been following Maybe Baby‘s progress know that I envisioned Kerry Washington as Laney and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Mads. I initially had another Danish actor (Rudi Køhnke) in mind when I was creating Mads, but I realised very quickly that he didn’t really work for me. That’s when I thought about Coster-Waldau, and realized he was more appealing as the sexy furniture maker who steals Laney’s heart.

 

Nikolaj Coster- Waldau, inspiration for Mads
Nikolaj Coster- Waldau, inspiration for Mads

I knew I wanted to write a novel that was set outside the US. Since I live in Sweden, I figured I may as well write what I know in terms of setting. I ended up deciding to set the novel in both Stockholm and Copenhagen, to give a sense of how Laney’s life changes once she meets Mads.

Anyway, once I realised I’d revised as much as I could on my own, I began looking for help and it came in the form of Black Firefly. Jade and the team at Black Firefly helped me with beta reading, editing and proofreading. Then Arijana from Cover It Designs helped me with an amazing cover design that I love. So now Jade is formatting, while I work on an idea for another book.

My tentative plan now is to release Maybe Baby in late January-early February. I know that there will be people who will not approve of the storyline or will think Laney is a difficult character, but I love her just the same.

Before I forget, I want to thank the Black Firefly team and Arijana for all their help. You are all amazing and have been such a great support in this process. I also want to thank Sussi Lindebjerg Malek for her help with the Danish words and phrases. You are an angel, Sussi! And I would also like to thank my writing buddy, Kim Kane for listening to so many “what if” scenarios and character sketches, and letting me read aloud the naughty bits so I could make sure they sounded okay. 🙂 And of course I must thank my Matera Brainstormers who have been so encouraging and enthusiastic about Maybe Baby from the very beginning.

Maybe Baby cover--isn't it gorgeous? :)
Maybe Baby cover–isn’t it gorgeous? 🙂

Before I sign off, I thought I’d share the cover with you… Hope you like it! let me know what you think. 🙂

In a few weeks, I’ll set up a Goodreads page for Maybe Baby. I’ll keep you posted on the exact publication date. In the meantime, I’ll continue plotting my next novel set in Hunters Grove, the fictional town in Vermont that is the setting for Snowbound. It’s another romantic tale, though the couple in focus won’t be Mia and Jake. This time, it will be Asha and Nick. And the story will start somewhere around Halloween and end on New Year’s Eve. So, yes, another holiday story. 🙂

That’s it for today! Tomorrow is another day at work and then the office Christmas party.

Happy writing!

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