Deadlines, Writing, & Creativity

So many things have happened around the world the past couple of weeks, and it’s hard to decide what to write about. Do we address it or move on.
As with all my sisters, my heart goes out to the children and families in Florida. I feel my sister in suspense, Kathryn Jane, said it elegantly in her post this week, and I could not add any more to her heartwarming piece except to continue to pray for all.

Deadlines, writing, creativity—do they blend?
Outside deadlines are new to me. I’ve set my own for my books and adhered to them. Though I’m finding having one from an outside source are different and add a layer of stress as I rush toward them.

I was lucky to be awarded a contract for four books in the Jake Carrington thriller series, from Kensington/Lyrical, though the contract came with an aggressive schedule. I gladly signed the bottom line. And today the first one All the Deadly Lies will be released to the world. I’m thrilled working with my editor Michaela and the team Kensington gave me. They’ve made the books stronger and more intriguing. What is different for me is editing one or two books while writing the next one in the series.

Lanouette.All The Deadly Lies

Editing and writing have a different mindset. As a book comes due, there are immediate edits that require a fast turnaround. That means no matter where I am in the writing process on the next book, it has to be put aside while the edits are completed. But like my career before writing (accounting) I’m used to the pressure to make a deadline. I’m even finding it fun, nerve-racking, and creative in the sense the story has to be finished by a certain date. Before I turn a book in on its scheduled date, I submit it to my personal editor. She reviews and corrects problems with in the story threads, grammar errors and overall storyline. She then makes suggestions to strengthen the novel. After we go a round or two, or more, I then submit it to my editor at Kensington for publication. PS, it then goes through more edits before it actually gets published.

With the fourth book I had gotten a slow start while working the edits on the first three, and allowed the looming deadline to freak me out. I’m happy to report I’m now pounding away at the keys everyday as the characters, their stories and words fill the page as May approaches.


It’s as Vicki Batman a fellow sister e said last Friday in her post, writing is a trip down discovery lane. And to me the journey is fun, scary, and fulfilling as I get to see part of it come to fruition today with the release of All the Deadly Lies.

I hope everyone has a wonderful, productive week.


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Bio: Marian Lanouette
A self-described tough blonde from Brooklyn, Marian Lanouette grew up as one of ten children. As far back as she could remember Marian loved to read. She was especially intrigued by the Daily News crime reports. Tragically, someone she knew was murdered. The killer never found.

Her Jake Carrington thriller are inspired by her admiration for police work, her experience in working a crematorium, and her desire to write books where good prevails, even in the darkest times. Marian lives in New England with her husband.


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