How I returned to work, and possibly ruined everything!
I read an interesting post the other day, written by Staci Troilo, where she describes her struggle to get back on the old blogging workhouse after being out of circulation due to trying to finish five novels.
I too am struggling, but not because I have been as productive as Staci. I am fighting to regain the strength I’m sure I had before being cruelly struck down by illness.
I have been wondering where my muse was while I was AWOL and if there was a snowball’s chance in hell of working with him again.
My muse, like Staci’s, is also male but not as attractive. You must read her post, just to see if you turn green with envy like I did!
When I first started writing detective novels, I didn’t get to choose my muse but despite appearances, I am more than happy with the one who turned up. I call him Granddad (but not to his face!) He looks remarkably like Mark Twain with his snow-white hair and enormous moustache and he has guided me very well with his old-style wisdom. I could do with him now, for I have another story in my head for my favourite detective David Snow.
I haven’t run it past him yet, but the plot is almost complete. I need to get him on board, as he usually has strong feelings about my ideas and doesn’t always agree with me.
So I was completely floored to find the wrong man waiting for me in my office the following morning. It was my detective, David Snow, the tall, attractive man who always reminded me of Tom Selleck in his prime.
As I entered the room, he stood up and approached me.
‘I have been worried about you, Jaye. Are you properly recovered or just putting in a brave face?’
‘I’m fine, David, only tired. How did you know I was ill?’
‘I had the feeling you needed to speak to me, but you weren’t in your office all week, so I knew something was wrong.’
My legs felt weak, either because I still wasn’t running on full strength yet or the effect of having David in my office again. I have never quite relaxed in his company as the man is formidable and quite sexy.
He sat back down, and I almost fell into mine, cursing his scrutiny.
‘You’re not strong enough yet, maybe I should come back another time…’
‘No, I’m fine… And I have an important question for you. How would you feel about being in another of my stories, David?’
His face relaxed and the hint of a smile appeared.
The idea of starring in another novel appealed to his ego but I hadn’t mentioned the awkward part yet. I wondered how he would react when I did.
‘I’m always ready to star in another of your masterpieces, Jaye. You know that…’
Oh well, I thought. Here goes nothing.
‘Not as straightforward as all that this time, David. I am placing this one after book two, Out of Time. And before the current book three, CrossFire and all that happened in that one.’
I paused to see the effect of my words. He raised an eyebrow but said nothing.
‘I have wanted to address your problem with Kate for a while now and this new story will cover that, among other things. What do you think about it?’
The eyebrow was still raised, and I couldn’t tell if it was a good sign or not. ‘I’m not planning on it being a romantic story though…’
He stood up and walked to the door. ‘I will have to get back to you about that, Jaye…’
Had I just blown the chance to write the story that had been driving me nuts for weeks?
©Jaye Marie 2020