Monday, July 15, 2013

Balancing Writing and Motherhood: Guest blog and Giveaway with Michelle Mclean Auhtor of A Bandit’s Broken Heart

Balancing Writing and Motherhood

While most people (especially my teacher friends) count down the days until summer vacation, or the weekend, I’m the weird one in the corner cheering whenever summer is over or Monday rolls around again. As a stay-at-home mom, who also happens to be a writer, a school day means I get to work during daylight hours instead of having to turn vampire and stay up all night.

Now, I have the luxury of being able to write full time. But this also means that daylight hours are my work hours, and when my kids are home for the summer, my work schedule gets thrown out the window. Case in point – I was able to write the first draft of my current release, A Bandit’s Broken Heart (Blood Blade Sisters #2), in just under three weeks. My kids were in school. I had eight hours a day to write. My kids are now home for the summer. Book 3 isn’t going nearly so well :D The only writing I get done is done in the early morning before they wake up, or at night after I go to bed.

Sometimes finding the balance between being a mom, a wife, and a writer seems nearly impossible. I used to be one of those really OCD people who had every spice, book, and CD/DVD in their house alphabetized and organized. I’ve had to let that slip a little :) And when I’m on deadline, it slips a lot :D
There are three things I do that help me balance everything.

1.                      The most important thing is that I’ve also had to learn to treat writing like a “real” job. Working from home presents a lot of temptations to procrastinate. There is always something that needs to be done, or stuff I just want to do that I can’t do when the kids are home, but if I want to meet those deadlines, I’ve got to put the writing first. So I set writing hours, my “work” hours that I try to stick to just like I would have to if it was an outside job. If I stick to it, then I can work M-F and take the weekends and evenings off to be with my family and still get my work done. It’s the best way I’ve found to be able to be both a full time mom and a writer.

2.                      Take a pen/paper/laptop everywhere I go. The pen and paper are for quick notes. The laptop I save for things like soccer or gymnastics practice when I know I’ll be sitting in one spot for awhile. It’s amazing how much I get done during these practices…there’s no internet so I’m forced to work :D

3.                      Get chores and errands done in a timely manner. Okay this one I struggle with :D But really, if I just do things when they need to be done, life is so much easier. If I schedule myself to write from 8-12, then work on the house in the afternoon, and I actually DO it, then that means that night when I’m tired and don’t want to do anything I can sit down and relax, guilt-free :) It’s an ongoing process, some days are more successful than others, but it’s something I try to do.

I guess it’s really about setting priorities and curbing those procrastination tendencies. I’m the queen of procrastination, so that’s a bit difficult for me :D The DVR has definitely become my new best friend lol

But bottom line, if you really want to do something, and you can get a little creative in your scheduling, you can accomplish all your goals.

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A Bandit’s Broken Heart
A Blood Blade Sisters Novel
Book Two
Michelle McLean

Publisher: Entangled: Scandalous Imprint

Genre: Historical Romance
Number of pages: 167

ISBN: 978-1-62266-228-9

Book Description:

A woman with a past

Widowed mother, Brynne Richardson, gave up her bandit activities when she left California to make a fresh start with her young daughter in Boston. Working for a handsome doctor fulfills her need to be useful and independent, but he creates another yearning she cant deny.

A man with a purpose

Dr. Richard Oliver assumes Brynne is just another debutante hunting for a rich husband, until she intrigues him with her steady hand for stitchesand guns. He cant put her out of his mind, but the young widow has mysteries hes determined to unravel.

A love in danger

When smugglers raid the much-needed supplies from the clinic, Brynne must resurrect her bandit persona for the good of the sick and the poor. Her secret life threatens to destroy everything shes worked so hard to protecther life, her family and her heart.

About the Author:

Romance and non-fiction author Michelle McLean spent 98% of her formative years with her nose in a book indulging in her love of reading and research. Expanding that love into writing was inevitable. Michelle has a B.S. in History, a M.A. in English, and tends to be a bit of an organized mess with an insatiable love of books and more weird quirks than you can shake a stick at.

She is the author of the historical romances To Trust a Thief and the Blood Blade Sisters trilogy, the non-fiction Homework Helpers: Essays and Term Papers, and several upcoming historical, paranormal, and contemporary romances. She is also a contributor on The Naked Hero, and the Operation Awesome, Scene 13, and Scandalous book blogs as well as maintaining her personal blog. If she's not editing, reading or chasing her kids around, she can usually be found in a quiet corner working on her next book. Michelle resides in PA with her husband and two young children, an insanely hyper dog, and two very spoiled cats.

If you would like Michelle's signature, you can request one for her ebooks through or request a signed bookplate through her website.

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Michelle McLean said...

thanks for hosting me today! :)

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