Down the Rabbit Hole with Jill

Hi! Teresa Blum, dropping in to talk about my current Work In Progress (WIP) and a little about falling down the idea rabbit hole.

I write SciFi/Fantasy and currently I have a novel underway that explores the multiverse. It’s working title is The Third Option. I have a couple other things I’m working on, so often my problem is focusing on one project at a time to see it through to completion.

Today, for instance, I saw a great article about how Jack the Ripper might have actually been Jill the Ripper. A friend (fellow author) and I started discussing it and before we knew it we were both World Building a story where two Victorian women, one of whom was supernatural, teamed up to find Jill because the human woman’s Police Inspector husband and his superiors wouldn’t listen to her theories it was a woman. By the time I got home, she and I were both deep down the research slippery slope and were consulting Ripper lore websites for facts and suppositions we could use in this story we made up on the spot.

Now, she has two WIPs going she is on deadline for and I have several WIPs with deadlines. We decided for now we are tabling the book (okay, we seriously talked about it being a series, full disclosure) but, we are putting it in the hopper to pull back out and take a hard look at later.

You can see that most of the time, an author is their own worst enemy as far as actual writing goes. There is so much research to get caught up in, those websites and blog posts don’t sort themselves, and as an indie you gotta keep up with that crazy social media. So many hats to wear!

So when you are anxiously awaiting the next book from your favorite indie author, keep in mind, they are working without the backing of a large publishing house full of editors, agents and research assistants. They might be “wasting” their afternoon trying to figure out the most popular women’s names during Victorian times. Just remember, no research, no matter how obscure is ever wasted.

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