Actually, at this writing (March 10th), it’s a few days before spring officially begins, but I can’t wait. It’s still alternating between nice and sunny versus gloomy, cold and rainy here in Monterey, but I’ve had enough of the latter. I’m even looking forward to the return of daylight savings time. I know a lot of people hate it, but I hate when it gets dark so early!
Other things I love about spring: New flowers. Green grass. Easter. (And Easter candy! The siren call of Cadbury crème eggs!) Taking long walks on the beach in the early evening with the waves rolling in and the sun sinking beyond the horizon. Leaving all my windows open to let the fresh air in. Going out on my patio with my laptop to write.
It was on a sunny, quiet spring day three years ago that my first book was published. Took me 48 years to get there, and at the time it felt like reaching the summit on Everest. Now, ten books later, I realize those were just baby steps. I’m still writing, but I’m still learning, too—about writing and about life.
Because that’s what writers do. We take tiny droplets of life, dribble them onto the page and try to make sense of them. Characters spring forth from our crazy noggins and start talking. Sometimes they just won’t shut up—which explains why I’ve written three different series already! Characters, I’ve discovered, are a lot like cats. They do what they want when they want. You can’t put a leash on them.
Spring is a time for new beginnings and experiences, which explains why I like writing about first love this time of year. Everything’s so shiny and new… but that’s a subject for another post. :-)
Cat Grant's been scribbling stories since she was knee-high to a bug. She lives by the sea in beautiful Monterey, California with one persnickety feline and entirely too many books and DVDs. She's currently working on another steamy book for your reading enjoyment.