But we did have water damage and sewer problems. Water seeped through the brick wall and into our basement right behind our fifteen-year-old backyard deck. So, we had to tear down the deck to fix the leak in the brick. Truth be told, that deck probably should've been torn down several years earlier. We also had to get a professional sewer and drain team out here to unclog our front drain where it meets the city's sewer line. Since Sandy and more recently Winter Storm Nemo, the city's pipelines have been overstressed. Like most New Yorkers, I consider myself one of a sturdy breed. I also feel blessed that our family was spared some of the destruction so evident elsewhere on the city's coastline.
Some have asked how I kept writing through all this storm chaos. Well, I had DARKEST HOUR coming out in February, which meant edits. So, I guess I had no choice. We do what we have to do.
Still, I think it's fair to say, I'm a very disciplined writer. I have a lot of fun writing and I tend to write what I'd like to read. I'm blessed that Desert Breeze has let me do that. But, I put in the work...and I've put in the work over the years and built up good writing habits. I started out six years ago taking the wonderful writing course Harlequin offered. I still use a shortened and modified version of the detailed character information sheet from that course. I take research very seriously, looking up hairdos, clothing styles, automobiles, and every day products from the 1940s. I don't write every day, but I do something to further my writing career every day. I could be writing a scene or chapter, or research, or marketing. I commit to doing something every day.
I have a few irons in the fire for the future. I'm working on a novella and two full length novels. The novella features a female private investigator who winds up in Texas as a suspect in a murder. The two novels feature an NYPD female detective in an elite squad. The novel is set one year after hurricane Sandy and the residents of Sheepshead Bay,
Brooklyn refer to the storm in the story and
the hardships they encountered recovering. One of the things I did when researching the novel was drive around Sheepshead Bay after the storm and take pictures of the area where the two novels will be set. It's been months since the storm and these lower level stores and restaurants have still not reopened. The damage to the property was too severe. I try to reflect some of this in the novels as I work on them.
Dora here. Are you writing through chaos or adversity?
What has helped you keep writing?