Today I'm hosting Meredith Allard, whose vampire novel Her Dear and Loving Husband is definitely on my reading list.
Writing and Time
Autumn is always an interesting time of year for me. I am spoiled by the summer months because I can spend my days dreaming and writing. I wake up, make myself coffee and eggs, sit at the computer, and write, often until the sun has gone and I can no longer form a coherent thought.
Then August comes like a bucketful of ice-cold water down my head. It’s such a shock to the system to have to wake up to an alarm again. For the first few weeks I’m tired when I come home after a busy day, and I want to collapse on the sofa, turn on the television, and stare until it’s time for bed to do it all over again the next day. But then, within a week or two, I find my way back into my routine, working by day, writing by night. Though I am always tired when I get home in the afternoon, suddenly one day I remember why I love to write. I love to tell stories. I love the challenge of working with the vast, glorious English language. Most of all, I love sharing the characters who have made themselves known to me in my imagination.
That’s when the concerns of the day melt away and I realize that, though I have already put in my eight hours, I have more time to serve that night. The truth is, I’m simply not happy with myself unless I’m writing. So, day job or no, after dinner and before bed is my time to pursue my first love, writing novels. That’s how I finished Her Dear & Loving Husband, by working on it every day after work. I’m currently working on the second novel in the Loving Husband Trilogy, Her Loving Husband’s Curse, and I feel as if there aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done. But I’m not worried. I know that I will stay focused and finish the story, and I will be able to share it with readers soon. That is the goal after all: to share what I write with others.
Her Dear and Loving Husband
By Meredith Allard
Published by Copperfield Press
Release Date: April 11, 2011
Genre: Vampire Romance
How long would you wait for the one you loved?
James Wentworth has a secret. He lives quietly in Salem, Massachusetts, making few ties anywhere. One night his private world is turned upside down when he meets Sarah Alexander, a dead ringer for his wife Elizabeth. Though it has been years since Elizabeth's death, James cannot move on.
Sarah also has a secret. She is haunted by nightmares about the Salem Witch Trials, and every night she is awakened by visions of hangings, being arrested, and dying in jail. Despite the obstacles of their secrets, James and Sarah fall in love. As James comes to terms with his feelings for Sarah, he must dodge accusations from a reporter desperate to prove that James is not who, or what, he seems to be. Soon James and Sarah piece their stories together and discover a mystery that may bind them in ways they never imagined. Will James make the ultimate sacrifice to protect Sarah and prevent a new hunt from bringing hysteria to Salem again?
Her Dear & Loving Husband is part historical fiction, part romance, and part paranormal fantasy. With elements of Twilight and The Crucible, Her Dear and Loving Husband is a story for anyone who believes that true love never dies.
Meredith Allard is the author of Her Dear and Loving Husband and the executive editor of The Copperfield Review, a journal for readers and writers of historical fiction. Her short fiction and articles have appeared in journals such as The Paumanok Review, Muse Apprentice Guild, Wild Mind, Moondance, and Writer's Weekly. She has taught writing to students aged 10 to 60, and she has taught creative writing and writing historical fiction at Learning Tree University and UNLV. She lives in Las Vegas, Nevada.