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Monday, June 13, 2011

GUEST BLOG: VICKY BURKHOLDER

I've recently been working on a new story, an urban fantasy. I like the characters. I've mapped out the settings and built my world. I even have the plot roughly worked out. But I've been struggling with it - not with the writing, but with the reason I'm writing it. After all, I have three other romantic fantasies - all full length novels - sitting on my computer waiting for me to finish editing them and send them out. But here I am, writing another.

In talking with my writing friends, I hear the same story from them as well. Whether agented, contracted, published, or still waiting, we all face the same wall at some time. Why? Why am I doing this? Why am I giving up sleep, television, other activities I enjoy just so I can write?

The answer is, because we are writers. Because we can't stop. Yes, it is an addiction. And obsession. Something inside that drives us to create. But we also need to learn to temper creativity with common sense. To that end, I have put my new story aside. I've got enough of it done and made enough notes that I can easily pick it up again and start anew. I've gone back to my earlier work and started editing one of them - and discovered something. I really like the story. Why did I put it away? Why did I let it languish?

Maybe I needed time to hone my craft or to be able to look at it with fresh eyes. Whatever the reason, I'm glad I went back to it. I know the story will be all the better for my having waited.

In the meantime, there's this other story I have an idea for...

As for other stories... my newest release is Prime Time - a futuristic romance that takes place on the moon. It is available for purchase from www.captivapress.com

When it comes to righting wrongs, there's no time like Prime Time.

Deena is a Prime, born and raised to Porter parents in the Lunar habitats. Life is hard, but with a rag-tag group of friends, she gets by.

Jake is a wealthy Techie, part of an elite security force searching out the source of the deadly drug Utopia. He can't imagine the hardships Deena and other Porters have endured and is determined to make a difference.

Deena reluctantly teams up with the hunky Techie. With the help of other Primes, both realize that not only is the danger to them all far more deadly than Jake and his team first imagined, but that love doesn't care about class and status. Can they stop the seemingly untouchable Utopia suppliers before time runs out for them all?

Contains some sensual scenes of m/f sexuality.
Vicky’s career includes work as a technical writer/editor, a stringer for a local newspaper, and an editor and copy editor for e-publishers. At various times in her life, she has been a teacher, a secretary, a short-order cook, a computer specialist, a DJ, and a librarian. She’s married to the most supportive guy in the universe and, with him, raised four great kids. She currently has novels and novellas under both her name, and her alter-ego, Victoria Allen, published with Captiva Press, Ellora's Cave, and Draumr Publishing. You can view her website at: http://burkholv.wordpress.com

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