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  • Writer's pictureMichael Parker

Recycled and back

June 1st, 2023.

Those of you who followed my blog posts will know that I stopped a couple of months ago. The reason for stopping was genuine and felt right at the time, but now I think it’s time to open up again and give you some insight into my current writing project and my raison d’etre.

Emma Carney. Why Emma Carney? Well, I’d reached a point with my author name that was simply dying on the vine. I had no traction, any momentum I gained before my lovely Pat fell ill was now lost: I was back down amongst the bottom feeders. To try and resurrect myself was no longer something I wanted to do, and I had come to terms with that and was prepared to let it all go.

After I’d published A Song in the Night, I could see, judging by the response to my promotion and marketing efforts that it wasn’t going to happen; my sales were practically zero and putting the book in Kindle Select didn’t help either. So I began to think of a change, a new direction, and came up with the idea of writing under the pen name of Emma Carney, but only contemporary romance. I made a deal with myself that I would write five Emma Carney Romances this year, and at the end I would take stock and see where I was and where I wanted to be.

I finished Chapel Acre — my third Emma Carney Romance — and published it May 28th, so I was on course to completing the project. Today is June 1st, which means I have six months to write two more. At the moment, I don’t have a clue about a story for my fourth book in the series (no, it’s not a series), but I’m sure something will come to me. But now that I have three to promote, I will start that within the next couple of days and see if I can build some momentum.

This month I’ll be going to the SPF book conference in London, so maybe I’ll be able to draw some inspiration from that. There will be about seven hundred writers there; maybe one of them will give me the push I need for my fourth book. Or maybe someone reading this will give me something I can work on.

So why not have a look at the three Emma Carney titles and see what you think? They are all on the home page of my website. Just click on the book to get to the Amazon product page for the book.

I will try to maintain the monthly blog because while I’m twiddling my thumbs trying to come up with a story idea, I feel lost; I need to write, to be active with a pen, albeit a digital one. So let’s see where this leads and, as always, wish me luck!

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