Guest Rhonda Lee Carver Explains Why Writing Books Isn’t a 9 to 5 Job

Writing books isn’t a 9 to 5. 24/7 I’m a writer

I’m always on the time clock. Seriously, my last trip, to Lake Erie, was called a vacation. But no, it wasn’t. It was research. Truth is, every trip I take, even to the grocery store, is research. My mind is a sponge—looking for the next story, the next scene, the next cowboy of my dreams. Every beginning is a means to a story.

Am I complaining? Nah…not at all. What other job involves many men, gorgeous at that, who love pleasing? And there’s always lots of sex. Where else can I kill off enemies without wearing orange for the rest of my life—just kidding—well, sort of. A bonus, I can stay in my jammies all day, which definitely sparks my creative side. Odd, huh?

In my latest book, Second Dance Cowboy (Second Chance), a scene was created from a shopping trip at Walmart. Here’s a snippet…


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He rushed to keep up with her. Just when he thought things couldn’t get worse, he lost control of his cart and the front bumped into the end of the aisle display causing the stacks of paper towel rolls to come toppling to the floor. A young-faced boy wearing a red smock appeared out of nowhere, scowling and mumbling under his breath. When the young man brought his gaze upward and pinned Dillon with piercing eyes, he pointed at Peyton accusingly. She had no clue because she was already turning another corner.

Brushing past the evil worker, he finally caught up to Peyton again. How many aisles did this store have? “Did I say something last night that has made you angry?” He knew he was buzzing—maybe a little more than a buzz—but he hadn’t been drunk. He didn’t remember anything going horribly wrong—of course, his idea of horrible may not be her definition.

“Why would I be angry?” She continued shopping.

“I thought last night was nice.”

She came to a screeching halt, the sudden quiet of the cart alarming. She twisted and her gaze drilled him. He slowed and stopped. “Are you shopping for your girlfriend?”

The question threw him for a loop. “No.”

Her fist settled on her cocked hip. “Then it’s your time of the month?” One brow flipped upward.

“My time of the month for what?” He was at a complete loss. Since he’d entered this store, he’d been the target of Kung Fu stares and awkward flirting. Now he knew why he stayed out of chain grocery stores. This was out of his league.

Reaching into his pile of items, she grabbed a box and held it up. “Feminine napkins?”

He looked closer, reading the small print. “Shit!” What had he picked up? “They’re not mine.”

“I sort of guessed that.” One corner of her mouth lifted. At least she no longer eyed him like she could drop kick him into the wall.

“Okay, I’ll confess. I don’t shop here. In fact, I don’t shop at all.” With that admission, he pushed the cart to the side and stepped away, feeling a sudden sense of relief.

“Really? That’s a shocker.” Her sarcasm dripped from each word.

Coming Soon! Second Song Cowboy (Book 5, Second Chance)

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Writer of Erotic Romances - "Rode Hard and Put Up Satisfied"
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12 Responses to Guest Rhonda Lee Carver Explains Why Writing Books Isn’t a 9 to 5 Job

  1. Judy Harder says:

    I’ll give these hot cowboys as many chances as they want!! 😉

  2. Molly Ann Wishlade says:

    At least it means you never get bored, Rhonda. 😉 I know what you mean though. My plots wake me up in the early hours and my characters dominate my thoughts when I’m immersed in my writing. And everything – absolutely everything – is inspiration for writing. LOVE the excerpt and that cover is HOT! 🙂

  3. Clare O'Beara says:

    That guy looks more like a bodybuilder than an outdoorsman, but he still looks good in the cowboy hat.

  4. Sue Cox says:

    People watching is fun, it can allow your imagination to run wild. But if I could find your heroes at my local WalMart, I’d never go home ! LOL Great excerpt, it had me smiling from the start and laughing at the end ! Thanks.

  5. girlfromwva says:

    so glad to see a shopping trip was where you created a scene from! love it!

  6. Justine Gauckler says:

    Hey Rhonda. As you know I love your series. Its weird realizing that just walking down the street can be a scene in a book. I love this blog you did. Thanks for doing it. It gives me a different take on how other authors get inspiration and where they come up with the stuff we see in books.

  7. lisagk2014 says:

    Excellent snippet, great cover, can’t wait. Thank you for sharing and turning a simple shopping trip into reading fun.

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