Well, to be honest, I'm not sure what I've learned yet, but I'm sure there's something. I do know what it is I've reaffirmed in me: Forget the rules, forget the market. I'm writing what I want the way I want because that's me. And, in all honestly, I don't know how to write any other way. I think of my characters and a story I want to tell, a meaning I want pressed onto the pages with the words I write, and I sit down, and my characters tell me their story. My books aren't always like what other authors release, The Girl in the Mirror certainly isn't, but they are my stories, they are filled with the things I know about life and love and family that I believe to be true. Sincerely from my heart, unfiltered by the pressure to create something that is more in line with what the experts say I should write.
I've pretty much broken with the trends of what everyone else is releasing in Romance in 2016 with this book. My girl is the one with all the power and wealth. My hero is a guy who has only heart to give. There life isn't perfect, there are heart wrenching moments, but that doesn't mean there is no humor or love because there is. There is no fairy tale ending. Only one of love and hope and family. If anything, I've reaffirmed in the 15th book in the Parker Universe, my belief in family.
The Girl in the Mirror goes live Monday September 5th. I will have a typical Susan release day. Underwhelming sales, maybe a few reviews, but I'm a tortoise not a hare. It would exhaust me to go live with a bang, and I am very much like my books. And when a reader reads, enjoying the journey we go on together within the pages of my boos, it reaffirms in me my unending belief in hope, love, and family. That's what is most important to me.
As ever I wish you peace.