- Book Title: Fistful of Lies (What’s His Passion?)
- Author: Helena Maeve
- Publisher: Pride Publishing (December 15, 2015)
- Book Length: 228 pages
- Genre: Romance, Mystery/Thriller, Erotica
- Posting Date: December 17, 2015
This is Helena Maeve’s first time here at GGR so I’m very happy to welcome her here as we celebrate her new book Fistful of Lies.
From Helena Maeve: Looking Back
Practice makes perfect. Or least practice makes it possible to improve. What I’ve learned about writing in three years of doing this gig more or less seriously completely blows out of the water all my previously half-hearted attempts to put words on paper. True enough, then as now, not everything I write is worthy being read and some of it is only deserving of an audience of one. But I’ve discovered that even what looks like failures and mistake at first glance can teach a lesson. Before Fistful of Lies was a glimmer in my eye one slightly tipsy evening, I took three cracks at plotting something worthy of the ‘What’s His Passion’ imprint. Two of those novels fell into my Drafts folder to join a legion of unfinished stories and half-baked ideas. One gave me a side quest for what ultimately became A Fistful of Lies.
Three years ago, I would have been discouraged after the first two attempts and likely given up on the whole enterprise. This isn’t to say I’d stop wanting to write something for this imprint or that I’d somehow close the tap on potential ideas—even now, I can’t switch off my brain as far as those two also-rans go—but turning away from a certain path because the ground proves shaky beneath my feet is something I’ve always found easy.
I’m sure I’m not alone in this. Fear is evolutionary, instinctive, and there’s nothing more natural than fear of the unknown. Every time we try something new, there’s a chance that it could go terribly pear-shaped. Adrenaline starts coursing through our veins, which in turn makes the brain attempt to convince us that we should change course, abort the plan, and protect ourselves against a potentially harmful outcome.
Conversely, we also all have areas in our lives where we are fearless. For me, that’s always been traveling. It has not been, and I doubt it ever will be, writing novels. But looking back from the height of my twenty-seventh published title—my twenty-third with Pride Publishing/Totally Bound—I’m beginning to see a few reassuring
changes in my method. These days, I’m less tempted to abandon something I want to do for lack of ideas. I’m not as easily discouraged when a draft refuses to be moulded into a finished story.
I don’t think a novel like A Fistful of Lies could have spooled out of my keystrokes three years ago. It needed time to cook properly and I needed to learn patience so as not to rush it. And, who knows, maybe those incipient ideas cooling their heels in my Drafts folder haven’t showed all they can do, either…
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