About Nothing But Love

About Nothing But Love

NBLcoverSo, I did something I shouldn’t have done.  That “something” was promising a sequel to the story from Love and Other Things.  When I wrote “the end” on Tara, Kristin, and Val’s stories, for me, it was the end, but then I started hearing that people wanted more… so, I promised more, because you’re supposed to give the people what they’re asking for, right?

Again, shouldn’t have done that.

With every book that I’ve published so far, the characters and story have come very organically to me. (notable exception being Finding Forever.  That project was conceptualized for a pitching contest with Kimani.  My pitch was accepted, and they requested a proposal for the book, but I wasn’t feeling it.  I pulled out, re-thought my plot, and let the characters speak for themselves, and ended up with a VERY different story from my original pitch, a story that DID flow naturally for me.)  I don’t usually have to force the story to happen, don’t have to force the characters to cooperate. I may to sort through my thoughts, put it all in order, and come to terms with some elements of the plot, but i’m just the intermediary while they tell their stories. The relationship is symbiotic.

That’s not what was happening with Nothing But Love. I found myself pulling too much from my brain, not enough from my heart.  I was forcing it, and the result was a story that I wouldn’t dare offer to readers, expecting compensation for it.  With each book, I am working, learning, striving to give my readers something that is the absolute best I can give, and an improvement in quality from the last project.  If I published NBL at this point, it won’t even be comparable in quality to the first book, and I can’t bring myself to put it out there when I feel like that about it. I would much rather disappoint you by not delivering the book at all, than deliver a project that proves to be a disappointing read.

I have to be able to feel the characters. I have to be able to hear them speak, and Tara, Kris, and Val just aren’t talking to me. I have to respect that.  Whether they’re done talking period, or just aren’t ready to tell their story yet, I have no idea, but whenever they’re ready, I’ll be listening.

I’m sorry, truly, for promising a product that I cannot deliver. This is a hard post to write, because the last thing I ever want to do is disappoint the people who have supported me, but I have to stay true to myself, and my characters. I don’t mold these characters into what I want them to be. THEY mold ME into someone who is able to tell their stories as given. My hope is that you guys will continue rocking with me as I move forward with the people who are speaking.

Marcus and Naomi are different characters than any I’ve ever written. Catch Me If You Can is a different genre than I’ve ever written — romantic suspense.  You can look forward to their story this winter. (Sneak peek of the cover, and a little sample coming soon!)

Anyway, thank you for taking the time to read this, and as always, thank you for your support!

13 Comments
  • LaToya Lott
    Posted at 09:23h, 10 November Reply

    Thank you for staying true to thine self! I completely understand when the characters don’t speak to you, because every time I read one of your books it feels like it came naturally. Therefore I will continue to support you and patiently wait-at least try to 🙂 for your next release.

  • Carolyn Jackson
    Posted at 09:26h, 10 November Reply

    Christina
    I trust you to do what you feel is best. You are an amazing author. I enjoy your work of art in words thoroughly. When the story comes your true fans will be there to receive it with no regrets. Keep writing those superb novels as always, I for one…have your back.

    Carolyn J.

  • Krissy
    Posted at 10:15h, 10 November Reply

    You can’t force the process so you’re doing the right thing.

  • Quanie Miller (@QuanieMiller)
    Posted at 11:26h, 10 November Reply

    I think–no: I know that you are making the right decision. Sometimes when you write “the end,” that really is the end, and no amount of outlining and re-imagining can change that. Some authors write a sequel just for the sake of writing a sequel and you can totally tell because the story is stale, boring, and tired. Kudos to you for staying true to yourself and to your art. Your fans will always love you for that.

  • nichelle
    Posted at 15:40h, 16 November Reply

    Patiently waiting, seems like you will only put it out if its going to do them justice, and I understand. ☺

    • christina
      Posted at 15:49h, 16 November Reply

      Thank you so much Nichelle!

  • me
    Posted at 17:15h, 16 November Reply

    Please complete Kristin and Jackson’s story. Please!!!!

  • Amanda
    Posted at 11:40h, 20 May Reply

    Maybe you should check to see if Chris, Devon, and Jackson are talking to you? j/k 🙂

    Eagerly waiting for “Save Me If You Can”!! So eager that I’ve read everything you’ve published on Amazon (which is why I am so late to this party). Honestly, it would’ve been easier if you did put out crap stories. Then I could actually pass the time a bit better by stretching them out across a few days instead of hours!

    Although I’m sure you do it for yourself as much as your fans and customers (who really wants to put their name on trash?), I thank you far taking the time needed to put out such outstanding stories.

    • christina
      Posted at 11:47h, 27 May Reply

      I’m gonna tell you a little secret… we’ll probably hear from the Love and Other Things crew this fall!

  • Quan
    Posted at 09:42h, 13 September Reply

    Hi Christina

    I am one of your biggest fans and have read almost everything you have written. I do have a question…is there or will there be a book about Eddie and Arista because I am.in love with the Serendipity Series.

    • Quan
      Posted at 09:43h, 13 September Reply

      Ohh…and Quinn and Cason….

  • Tiffanii
    Posted at 18:29h, 24 May Reply

    I understand but it’s sucks because it felt like Kristin and Jacksons story was just beginning.

    • christina
      Posted at 07:50h, 01 June Reply

      I may eventually come back to them! Just waiting to hear!

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