For a writer, this means leaving my comfort zone in favour of something new and different. And if you think I’m not a little bit scared, well, you’d be wrong.
You see, for more than a dozen years, I’ve been writing lesbian romance novels, and I’ve had the honour and privilege of having eight novels published by Bella Books (with the ninth due out early next year). Writing those books has inspired me, fulfilled me, and served as confirmation that who I am as a writer and a person, matter. Those books have also led me to some wonderful friendships and some exciting experiences. They’ve given me an abundance of memories to cherish forever.
Now, before my publisher or fans of my novels start flooding my in-box, let me just say that this is not a goodbye. Far from it. I have no intention of discontinuing writing romance novels. They are a safe port for me, a place of rejuvenation and joy and reinforcement. They are a place I will continue to visit and immerse myself in, over and over again.
But having said that, I know that as a writer, I need to begin challenging myself in a new way. I’ve realized for awhile now that I need to write a novel that encompasses my life-long interest in history and my fascination with the paranormal… time travel, in this case. I need to open myself up to a wider world and a wider audience that will be much scarier and much tougher on me than I’ve been used to (I’ve been a little spoiled and a little too safe in your hands, to be perfectly honest).
Without taking this risk, I will never know if I can do it, and I will never know the rewards (and the failures) that might accompany that risk, but they will all grow me as a writer and as a person.
You see, the truth is, I really can no longer ignore this idea for a mainstream suspense novel that’s been percolating in my mind for a few years. And over the past few months, I’ve had some strong encouragement, some signs if you will, that I need to get writing it.
I’m more than a little wary about this “trip” I’m about to embark on, but I’m excited too.
So wish me luck, and feel free to check in on me now and again to see how I’m doing with my new project. Oh yeah, and to make sure I haven’t gone off and time travelled somewhere!
Tracey Richardson has had eight novels published by Bella Books. The most recent, “The Song In My Heart,” was published this April. Her ninth, “By Mutual Consent,” will be published in early 2016. Twitter: trich7117.
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