In my ‘other life’ I have a fast paced, often intense job. When I started writing, I thought it was so much fun to sit for hours/days/weeks and get lost in my characters. When I recently finished the first edit for Book 2 in the Thunder on the Mountain Series, Thunder Struck, I became conscious of my surroundings for the first time in days. Catching a glimpse of myself in the mirror, the first thought that came to mind was “THE Joan Wilder?!”
In the early 1980s there was a cute movie called Romancing the Stone with Kathleen Turner and Michael Douglas. Kathleen Turner played novelist Joan Wilder who needed some real-life adventure to spice up her novels. When she finds herself in the wilds of Cartagena, Columbia, she is being pursued by cut-throat villains. In a classic line when she is about to be killed and they find out who she is, the evil ringleader says, THE Joan Wilder? He proceeds to invite her back to his villa to discuss her romance/adventure novels.
But the scene that struck a chord was when she was writing her next novel after she returned from her adventures. She was so engrossed in her storyline that she didn’t move for days, her hair was wild, and the floor was covered with discarded tissues because she sobbed through the writing process, drawing from her personal experiences in the jungle. As I passed by the mirror that morning, I realized I hadn’t had makeup on in days, I hadn’t moved much from my chair, and my body was stiff from lack of activity. I have to figure out how to keep my body moving, but I must admit I’m very much enjoying the escape!