I met KATE MEADER when I moved to Illinois and joined the Chicago North chapter of RWA. I’m very excited to welcome Kate – this is her first stint as a Visiting Professor at RU.
I’m published! I never get tired of saying that. Thanks so much for hosting this newly-published author on Romance University. FEEL THE HEAT, the first in my Chicago-set Hot in the Kitchen series about an Italian restaurant-owning family and the sexy, sizzling chefs who love them, released on May 7 from Forever Romance.
By the time this post goes up, my book will be coming up on its one month-iversary! FEEL THE HEAT is garnering decent reviews. Over the next year, I’ll have three books out in the wild. My agent and editor claim they love me (for now). Life is good, oui? Well, we writers are riddled with insecurities so it’s hard to answer that with an unequivocal ‘yes’ because since I signed on the dotted line, the insecurity has multiplied a hundred-fold. Can I write another book? (I can: ALL FIRED UP, the second book in the series is submitted and the next one, HOT AND BOTHERED is getting there.) Will anyone read them? Will I get another contract? Does this book make me look fat?
When I got my three-book deal from Forever/Grand Central in September 2012, I assumed it would be plain sailing from here on out. The pressure to get that contract was off and words would now flow like honey onto the page. The acquired skills, the years honing my craft, the improved time management would magically combine to free up my writer brain. The published authors out there know this for the bunk it is. Once I sold that first book, I officially became a business. I have deadlines, expectations, a professional code I must adhere to. Someone is paying me to do this, so I better squeeze my best effort out of every available minute. Performance anxiety, anyone?
But you did it once, the next time should be a snap, your friends and family will toss out. Just smile. Nod your head. Don’t go all writer-ninja on the people you love who only mean well. While you’re at it, suppress the temptation to reach into the computer screen and tweet-slap the person who just finished their 10K of wordage before lunch. Writing is hard, y’all, whether you’re pre-pubbed, just pubbed, or multi-pubbed. It was hard before and it’s hard now.
I know, I know. I have one of those whadayacallit… First World Problems or its more entitled cousin, First World Author Problems. I’m living the dream, baby! But there are days I cannot construct a sentence for the life of me and I have to read some of my previous work to remind myself that I can actually do this. Days I have to be careful not to let the doubt crow peck away at my confidence. Days I have to remember that somebody (actually, a few somebodies) thought I was worth publishing.
Mostly there are days I count myself blessed to have my health, my family, and a few stories knocking around that someone wants to read.
O.M.G., I’m published!
I never get tired of saying that.
*** Kate will be reading from FEEL THE HEAT at Lady Jane’s Salon in Naperville, Illinois on June 11. Stop by for chocolate, foodie swag, and other great authors!
FEEL THE HEAT by Kate Meader
Hot in the Kitchen, Book 1
IF YOU CAN’T STAND THE HEAT . . .
Photographer Lili DeLuca spends all her time managing her family’s Italian restaurant, instead of following her dream of getting an MFA. When famous British chef Jack Kilroy unexpectedly challenges her father to a cook-off, Lili decides she’s tired of playing it safe and vows to seduce the tempting Brit. But once a video of her and Jack kissing goes viral and her luscious butt starts trending on Twitter, Lili fears she’s cooked up a recipe for disaster.
. . . GET INTO THE BEDROOM
Jack Kilroy’s celebrity has left him feeling used and used up. While Lili’s oh-so-sexy moans when she tastes his delicious creations turn him on, he’s even more aroused by how unimpressed this beautiful, funny woman is with his fame. He knows they could be amazing together, if she could only see past his bitch fork-wielding fan base. Now, as he’s about to start a new prime time TV cooking show, can Jack convince Lili to realize her own ambitions – and turn up the heat in his kitchen?
For the writers out there, do you find writing gets easier or harder as you move along your journey?
The ever popular Handsome Hansel returns on Friday, June 7.
Kate Meader writes contemporary romance that serves up delicious food, to-die-for heroes, and heroines with a dash of sass. Originally from Ireland, she cut her romance reader teeth on Catherine Cookson and Jilly Cooper novels, with some Mills & Boons thrown in for variety. Give her tales about brooding mill owners, oversexed equestrians, and men who can rock an apron, and she’s there. She has a bachelor’s in law (useless), a master’s in history (not as useless), and another master’s in library and information science (yay, using). When not writing about men who cook and the women who drool over them, she works in an academic library. Her stories are set in her adopted home town of Chicago, a city made for food, romance, and laughter – and where she met her own sexy hero. For news, excerpts, and recipes, check out her website at http://www.katemeader.com.