Saturday, February 03, 2007

Angel (no, not THAT Angel... hahahaa)

Last weekend a new idea hit me. Instead of the straight contemp romance I'd been planning (and which I have about a million scribbled notes about), this streetwise angel set up residence in my head and wouldn't budge.

Now, the germ of this idea first sprang into life about eight years ago but I hadn't thought about seriously revisiting it. Not too sure why, because it has all the slightly odd elements I enjoy writing about. I think it was psychological - a truly lovely editor spent a long time with me on that original manuscript and it was accepted for publication, only for the publishing company to go into liquidation.

Anyway, for some reason last Saturday it was all I could think about, and what's more this time around the angel wasn't taking any back seat in the story or being an ambiguous 'is he or isn't he really there' kind of character. Oh no. This time he has Issues, he has Attitude - and he also has a couple of secrets he's conveniently 'forgotten' to tell my heroine.

So this is good news for me, apart from the small fact that I'm flying into the mist with it - a truly terrifying prospect for someone who usually plans and outlines to within an inch of her life! The slightly not so good news is I've stopped querying agents on my last one. oops. This is getting to be a very bad habit. On the plus side, I still have requested partials out there on two separate novels, so I'm just going to see how it goes.

One last thing - the lovely Anna has mentioned my blog in her Favourite Things! Go check out her website and if you haven't yet, don't forget to read the excerpt of her upcoming Avon release, Claiming the Courtesan.


Anna Campbell said...

Hi Christina! I've gone public about how much I enjoy reading your blog! The angel sounds kewl. That's how I came to write Claiming the Courtesan - I had two characters who just wouldn't leave me alone even when I told them I couldn't and I wouldn't write their story! Oh, dear, I think both of us are starting to sound like candidates for therapy but it really is like having real people tramping around in your brain sometimes, isn't it?

Christina Phillips said...

Aww thanks Anna! I hope the angel one lives up to my hopes!

Sara Hantz said...

Can't wait to see the angel!!!!!! i'm sure he will live up to your expectations