I'm so excited! I just sent off a new novella to Phaze Books for their consideration.
I've been working on this story since Christmas, and had planned to have it done long before now, but as with all best laid plans, life happened now and again, and it took till now to get it done. But finish it, I did. And now Hot For The Handyman, is in the hands of the submissions editor and I await her response.
This part of the process drives me nuts. I am not the most patient of people, so waiting for responses can drive me round the bend. I learned long ago to just mentally, forget about the last story, and move on to the next job.
My next project is three new shorts for Cambridge Press. I'm committed to releasing a third Hottest Heat collection in the fall, so must get busy. I at least have the bare bones ideas for all three stories, so it's just a matter of sitting down and beginning.
But, back to Hot for the Handyman. This interracial story is a bit different from previous work. This time, I have a May/September relationship, involving a 53 year old African American woman, and her 32 year old handyman, hired to build a deck on her house. He prefers dating older women. She's very concious about what people might think of their age difference. On top of this, her daughter is almost the same age as the handyman and disapproves greatly of her mother's choice. I had a lot of fun working through these issues with these characters. I hope Phaze chooses to publish it, and then I hope you all enjoy reading it.
Keep your fingers crossed for me.
Til next time,