We Interrupt This Program For An Important Announcement…

It took me three days to rewrite the major love scenes for Terms of Surrender, my upcoming October release. Three days of pouring over every word, rearranging body parts and character thoughts, and fixing everything in between.

Where the magic happens!

Where the magic happens!

As I tried to bring emotions and life to the page, my DH vacuumed around my feet, rearranged all of the books on the office shelves, and decided the walls needed to be repainted.

Okay, okay, I confess, I’m exaggerating a wee bit…but not much. During this three day stint, there seemed to be a multitude of interruptions. When characters come to life, it’s like an obsession and all the writer wants to do is spend uninterrupted hours with them.

So as my hero spilled his guts and the truth, certain my heroine would reject him, the phone rang…my mother calling to relay the latest news about her annoying neighbor.

And while my heroine attempted to deal with a situation guaranteed to keep the hero from ever committing, my cell phone buzzes…my sister texting to ask me to ask my DH a renovation question or twelve.

As I worked on getting the love scene to scorch the page (I hope!), my DH vacuumed around—and beneath—my feet, the geese and ducks demanded I stop so I wouldn’t miss their flight south, and the phone rang again and again and again.

I’ll leave you now with the blurb from Terms of Surrender, but before you go, tell me what kind of things interrupt the important parts of your life.


A woman in need…

ER nurse Harley Jane Davis has dedicated her life to helping others. Now she’s the one in trouble, and the only person she can rely on is Gage Toryn—the man she’s secretly been in love with for years.

A man on the edge…

Gage would do anything for Harley…except give in to the hungry passion that sparks between them. He’s hiding a terrible secret, one guaranteed to destroy any chance at a relationship. And even though Harley haunts his dreams and makes him want to be a better man, he knows she could never love him if she learned about his ugly past.

Family, future, forever.

When a situation with Gage’s brother endangers Harley and his nieces, Gage offers them refuge in his home—and the battered pieces of his heart. But can he overcome his fear of commitment and open up about the past? Or will his secret destroy his last chance to have a relationship—and a real family—with the only woman he’s ever loved?

About Sheila Seabrook

Author of contemporary romance and women's fiction.

Posted on September 18, 2013, in Blog Posts and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. I’m with you, Sheila. It seems every time I get into my characters’ heads, one of my real-life ‘characters’ needs something from me. When I worked outside the house, it was easier (a little bit, anyway) to separate work and family responsibilities. Not so much when I’m at home. I’m contemplating a week long stay at a hotel to finish!

    • What you say is true, Tracy. Those close to use respect our time when we’re working outside of the house, but when we’re working at home, it’s a whole total different ballgame … and not the fun kind that you and Christy always go to. 🙂

  2. What interrupts my day are phone calls but usually I won’t answer them. Thank goodness for caller i.d. Otherwise, I try only to write when no one is around so that I don’t have to feel rude ignoring people trying to talk to me. Alone time is completely necessary for me to get it all down on the page.

    • I have call display too, Patti, but I always pick up the phone when my mom or parents-in-law call. I’m afraid they might actually need me for an emergency. And alone time … oh, my DH retired — again — and he’s been home since January. I have no alone time and I miss it! 🙂

  3. The interruptions are endless, but during the day my biggest is from my dogs. In and out, barking, needing walks. I love them more than words can say, but holy cow!

  4. I’m fortunate this isn’t a huge problem for me. My office is attached to our bedroom, separated by curtains in the doorway. Hubs knows not to disturb me if the curtains are closed unless its a true emergency. However, I do interrupt myself far too often!
    Love the blurb and look forward to reading your book!

  5. Marcia, I may need to send you my DH so you can train him. 🙂 He’s pretty good, but not perfect. Well, I guess I’m not either. Shhhh, don’t tell anyone. 🙂

  6. Looking forward to reading Terms of Surrender, Sheila. Great blurb! Funny how there’s always something ‘else’ that needs doing when we’re on a writing roll. It must be one of those unwritten rules or something! (Unwritten because the person who made it up was interrupted by a phone call and then…..)

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