Reflecting on my reviews, I’ve come to the conclusion that reading is a mood. This is true for competitions I’ve entered my books in, writers group opinions, friend’s opinions and the like. If you’re not in the mood to read the style of book, then don’t try. I mean, you don’t want to read an introspective book when you want to go the gym and burn off some energy, just as you don’t want to read an adventure book if you really want the characters to be your friends. You won’t get the experience you want.
Which brings to me to writing. Because I think that is a mood too. I can’t write a romantic love scene when I’m frazzled and trying to do a hundred things at once — which, as a mother of 2 children and wife of a husband who thinks a vacuum cleaner is something that washes the windows, is usually the case.
And really, who feels like having a romance moment with your husband when you’ve got the dinner to make and a house that needs to be gurneyed from the inside out. (Well, the husband might feel like it, but then again he doesn’t know what the vacuum does. If he did he might see a little bit more the romance author working out her romantic moments.)
I have to be in the mood to write particular scenes, just as the reader needs to be in the mood to immerse themselves in the same scenes. This was particularly true of Paradise Island. It is such a large adventure, and my characters have such a long way to travel emotionally, that I needed to be in the right frame of mind to slip back into the ‘feeling’ of writing the book each time I chipped away at it. I had to imagine what Estelle would be feeling like at the start of each major scene change, as well as for Gregory. And when it came to the loves scenes, I really had to get in their minds to find the pace and how they would discover each other! These scenes I found I had to be in the precise mood for to make them special. In the meantime, I fell in love with the both of them and was so disappointed when I came to the end of the book
Magic comes when your book is in the hands of the right person, the right mood and an open mind. Imagine if that happened every time a page was turned, how magical, how rich the experience of reading. I wish it could be like that every time for everyone. I hope Paradise Island is like that for you.