Sunday, September 16, 2012
50th party blog guest - Tina Beckett
I’ve known Tina Beckett since she first sold to M&B, and I so wish we didn’t live on opposite sides of the world because we have so much in common! Yeah, OK, the usual – gorgeous men, food, yada yada yada. But Tina also understands my new-found exercise bug. (Actually, mid-May to now – that’s a third of a year, so maybe I can claim it’s a lifestyle change, now.) So dancing, Zumba (hmm, I only managed that once, and it was in the early days of my gym sessions and I overdid it), and cardio…
Anyway, over to Tina:
Running the Race
When Kate first announced over on the Medical authors’ loop that she’d sold her 50th book, I had just sold my fifth book. I did a quick bit of math in my head (not my best subject, by the way) and realized I’d have to sell those same 5 books TEN TIMES to have 50 books. At this point in my career, that figure boggles my mind. I can’t imagine coming up with 50 sets of characters, much less 50 different plot lines. But I know it’s possible, I just have to take it one book at a time. Just like Kate has.
In the last year, I’ve started running again (after many years as a couch potato). I’m up to four miles and counting. One thing I discovered pretty quickly, though, was that taking off as fast as I could and trying to sustain that pace was a recipe for disaster (and exhaustion). I had to find a speed which worked best for me and stick to it. My legs have a favorite turnover rate, and I can run longer and with less physical fatigue if I stick to that rate. Oh, I can challenge it from time to time and try to improve my speed, but these stubby little legs will always try to revert to that favored rhythm. It just feels comfortable and right for my physical build. In the same way my body seeks to find a natural rhythm, my creative process wants to find one as well. Different writers can produce a finished book at different speeds, and I’m learning what that ideal speed is for me—sometimes it’s fast, other times...not so fast. But that’s okay. I’m still at the beginning of my course. Still training. Still finding my pace. Just as we all are.
Kate, I salute you. Fifty books is an awesome accomplishment! And I thank you for the wonderful example you’ve set for other writers and for the joy you bring to readers all over the world. Fifty books and counting. Here’s to many, many more! As my contribution to your celebration, I’m giving away a copy of my June release, Doctor’s Mile High Fling, to one commenter. Please keep writing those books, Kate, and I, along with many others, will keep reading them.
http://www.tinabeckett.com or find her hanging out on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/tina.j.beckett)or twitter (@tina_beckett). Tina’s latest book, The Man Who Wouldn’t Marry, is scheduled for release in October of 2012.