The problem with crazy is that crazy, by itself, has no context. It can be good crazy, bad crazy . . . or crazy crazy—like it was when my ex-boyfriend sung about me on the radio.
Eighteen-year-old Kate couldn’t be more excited about finishing high school and spending the summer on tour with her boyfriend's band. Her dad showing up drunk at graduation, however, is not exactly kicking things off on the right foot—and that’s before she finds out about his mystery illness, certain to end in death.
A mystery illness she is likely to inherit.
When your whole life goes from adventure and ecstasy to sad and suicidal, what’s the point? Not knowing who to love, and who to trust . . . where does it end?
The Problem With Crazy is a story about love and life; about overcoming obstacles, choosing to trust, and learning how to make the choices that will change your life forever.
Editing and Authoring
I am lucky enough to be an editor. This is my full-time profession. I know, right? I get to read awesome romance books and get paid for it? I sure landed the jackpot with that one.
However, when it comes to being an editor and an author, it’s hard to balance the two. There are some things I learnt pretty quickly, the first being that I will always put my book last. If a client contacts me and asks to book in, even if I have put those days aside for my own writing work, I will say yes: I just can’t help it! I think I like helping other people a lot, so it’s easy to put my writing on the backburner.
I think I need to learn to say no a little more often. Don’t get me wrong; I’m not talking about all the time, but I have now missed a deadline with a publishing company I had promised a draft to because I prioritised other people’s work too much; and come on, I have to do things for me sometimes, right?
The second thing I learnt is that dear God, I needed an editor. Sure, I’m an editor by trade, but that doesn’t mean I’m writing an error-free book. And trying to spot my own mistakes is like one of those forest/trees situations, where I could be staring at a misspelt word and let it bitch-slap me in the face and I still wouldn’t see it. Luckily for me, it turns out I LOVE being edited. Adore it, even. When my editor got her red pen out all over my manuscript, I was stoked. Why wouldn’t I want someone to help me make my manuscript better?
Hopefully, with all this knowledge behind me, when I write The Problem With Heartache, the sequel to The Problem With Crazy, I’ll do it better. I’ll write smarter, more efficiently, more emotionally, and hopefully people will like it just as much as they seem to enjoy Crazy. And that for me is what being a writer is all about.
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Lauren K. McKellar is an author and editor. Her debut novel, Finding Home, was released through Escape Publishing on October 1, 2013, and her second release, NA Contemporary Romance The Problem With Crazy, is self-published, and is available now.
As well as being a magazine editor for a national audited publication on pet care, Lauren works as a freelance editor for independent authors, and was a Runner Up Editor of the Year in the Publishers Australia awards in 2013.
Lauren is a member of the Romance Writers of Australia and is obsessed with words--she likes the way they work.
She lives on the Central Coast of New South Wales with her fiance and their two super-cute puppies.
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