Last week, I typed The End on my latest Harlequin Romance.  It will be my 23rd title for Harlequin in eleven years, and my 26th book over all.  Tentatively titled The Billionaire’s Second Chance, it will hit shelves in February, 2021.

Now that the book is finished, the rest of 2020 will be spent on a few project that have been simmering on the back burner for a while.

First up is, of course, Backyards Have Bodies.  I know, I’ve been promising this book forever.  This time, however, I really, really mean it.  Barring some kind of insanity, the book will be available this summer.

Coincidentally I have a Harlequin Romance on the shelves this summer as well. A Year with the Millionaire Next Door is out August 1.  (You can pre-order a copy here.)    

I’ll be promoting both titles, so keep an eye on for  giveaway fun.

Once Backyards is complete, I’m turning my attention to something completely different: my very first historical fiction novel.  I have wanted to write this book for nearly two years.  The story is loosely inspired by Andy Warhol’s famed Silver Factory of the 1960s.  The research for this book is fascinating.  Over the next few months, I’ll share some of the more interesting items with you.

There is one other project that I’m working on, and that is a Do-It-Yourself MFA.  I believe I told you all about a few months ago.

One of my greatest regrets is that I didn’t spend more time studying English and writing in college. During the 1980s, the emphasis was on studying the practical, and English Lit wasn’t considered an employable major.   Now that I’m a published author – and doing nothing with those economics and communications degrees – I’m finally going to study writing like I’ve always wanted.

There is so much  about the craft of writing that I want to learn.  I want to take my books to the next level in terms of depth and emotional impact, and to do that, I need to spend time studying the technical side of my craft.

I became intrigued with designing my own graduate program after reading after reading Gabriela Pereira’s book DIY MFA.  The book explains that you don’t need a formal education program to learn writing so much as you need to read and analyze as many books as possible.  Earlier this year (pre-pandemic), I sat down and designed a two-year program of study that I think will help become a better author.

I’ll keep you posted on progress.  In the meantime, stay healthy and safe.

Barb

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