In Between WIPs Now! It Feels Strange!

Completing a WIP takes a ton of energy out of me. I feel strange right now since I finished my latest novel, Lubelia Alycea. It is a little sad to say goodbye to my characters. I read my book so many times. I lost track of how many. I wonder if they miss me reading about them. Ha!

Since this new novel is based on my grandmother’s personality I felt so close to her as I was writing and editing. I could almost feel her looking over my shoulder and nudging me along to complete it. I even dreamt of my grandfather the other night which I have never done before. I do dream of my mother, father, grandmother, aunt and uncle but never my grandfather. It was so nice to see him. Maybe he came to me because of the book. I am waiting to see my grandmother one night. I hope she doesn’t give me heck about something in the book that I created out of my overwrought imagination. Yikes!

I hope you get to check it out soon! Here it is again for you.

I should be taking a little break from writing but I must admit that I did take a look at a new project, a YA fantasy series book 1 of six books. I’ve already written the first book. It needs deep editing since I wrote it about ten years ago simultaneously with Lubelia Alycea. I know what you are thinking! I’m crazy! You may be right! Ha!

I don’t do that anymore – write two books at the same time. I am, right now, working on collating some recipes for a future cookbook. I’m not sure if that will work out or not. It would be quite expensive to publish and I would have to charge a high price for it to be in color. I really want to do it so I will research it more and see what I find. Stay tuned for more on that.

But getting back to my YA fantasy. I took a look at it a couple of days ago right after I published Lubelia Alycea and was shocked to see how much work I have to do. My writing has changed drastically. I do still make some of the same mistakes though that can be maddening to me and my lovely beta readers. Sorry Betas!

I am taking a day off today to finish reading another good book for my monthly reads for May. I hope you have been enjoying my monthly reads and reviews. I really enjoy reading and reviewing and will continue to offer you some lovely choices (besides my books, that is -haha) for you to read. Please consider reviewing any books you have thoroughly enjoyed. We authors appreciate you reviews and the time it takes to do them. I’ve done my share – hundreds – and know it takes a little thought to get it just right to convey your feelings in public. The thing about reviews – do one even if you don’t especially like a book. Readers need to know negative and positive views of books.

Have you ever noticed that even the best-selling authors have one and two stars for their books. I bet they don’t worry about that anymore because they are selling like crazy just the same. I hope I get to that point in my reading career (and it is my career since I put so much into it, so my husband keeps telling me). I would like to be able to laugh at the negative ones and twos when I pull in hundreds of thousands of dollars selling books. Sigh!

Please help me. If you love mysteries, thrillers, historical/romance fiction, check out my books today for some enjoyable reads. Thank you so much for letting me go on and on here. I feel as if I am talking to good friends. Bless you all for your support of me and my books.

Watch for more books coming your way this year – Book 6 of Drystan the Dragon and Friends and Book 1 of a YA fantasy. I am itching to get to it but am trying to hold myself back a little with my husband’s help. He keeps telling me that I work too hard! But I do love writing and want to keep writing for as long as the Lord allows me to be creative.

Thank you so much, readers, for stopping by to read this post. I appreciate your kind support of my blog and books. Please read to your children daily to help foster a love of reading in them and thus giving them Wings to Fly! Reading is Fun and Good for Your Health! Please leave reviews for books that you enjoy wherever you purchased them. Your reviews will enable others to enjoy the books too. Thank you so much! Happy Reading Everyone!

Blessings & Hugs! Stay Safe, Stay Well and God Bless!


Janice Spina aka J.E. Spina

Award-Winning Author

Jemsbooks for All Ages!








About jjspina

Janice is an multi-award-winning author with 41 books: 20 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 12 middle-grade/preteen, two young adult books, written under Janice Spina, and 6 novels, and a short story collection written under J.E. Spina. She is also a writer of poetry, blogger, avid reader, reviewer and a copy editor. Janice has always loved writing and started very young writing poetry, then stories. Her books have received 33 Book Awards and a few finalists awards. All Janice's books are available on, Kindle, B&N and other online book sites. One of her sports' poems was published in The Lawrence Eagle Tribune in October of 2008. She is currently working on book 3 of a YA fantasy series an and book 2 in an angel series. There will be six books in all in this series. She hopes to work on a series of four books in a crime/mystery genre that will be offsprings of her thriller, Hunting Mariah. There are books in the works about a dog for ages YA. Her hobbies are crocheting, sewing, walking to keep fit, hula hooping, tap dancing, going to the movies with her husband, and spending time with her five grandchildren. Janice loves to hear from readers and appreciates reviews. Sign up on her blog for a copy of her newsletters under Contact Me. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband who is her illustrator and cover creator.
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4 Responses to In Between WIPs Now! It Feels Strange!

  1. You have my sympathy! I hate saying goodbye to characters when I finish working on a book, and when I’m between WIP’s I feel totally lost.
    I’m sure your YA novel will work out fine. I recently found an old first draft I wrote years ago; I was horrified how cluttered and clunky it was, but decided I liked the story enough to tidy it up, if only for my own satisfaction. I really enjoyed tinkering with it and was pleased with the end result. A good story can always be rescued!

  2. noelleg44 says:

    I can sympathize! I’m always a little lost when I finish a book, and dither around about starting the next one because I’m not ready to let go!

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