Every book has a story.
My…dare I say it…sixth book releases this week. Under Color of Law has its own, albeit short, story. It was the book I decided to finish during my pregnancy. I’d decided that after writing Qualified Immunity, my intrepid heroine Casey Cort had more to say. She had more to resolve. The character had…legs.
What I didn’t count on was exhaustion and morning sickness. The first few weeks, I could barely make it out of bed. It was as if someone had given me a poison kiss and thrust me to a month long slumber. Weeks later when I was fully awake, morning sickness hit me. I tried bouts of writing, but the porcelain bowl was my new companion.
By the time all that eased and I felt myself again, another frantic thought took hold. I wouldn’t be able to travel post baby. I lost another three weeks of writing time to wandering the English countryside—visiting old buildings, traipsing through Edinburgh, and having a last hurrah at no less than a few London pubs.
When I got back to the States, I promised myself I was going to sit down and write. I had half of the pregnancy left to get the book done. Well, I’d underestimated the power of nesting. Before I knew it, I’d engaged contractors to paint what was to be the baby’s room, and while they were here why not paint the living room and dining room, change the crown molding and install tile. Shopping for the perfect crib was next. Did I mention the frantic knitting also kept my hands from the keyboard?
Eighteen weeks later, I found myself in labor with only half the book done.
Two years later I looked up and wondered what in the heck had happened to my writing career. I sold a different series of books in the meanwhile and had to go back to those. Then I wrote two other books. Finally last year, I got back to Casey. And there she was waiting for me to finish her story.
Without further ado, here it is: Under Color of Law
Oh, and in case you’re wondering, book three is being written right now.