Writer on the Verge of Deadlines

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Deadline Hell. I’m there.

It’s my first trip and I’m not liking it much. In fact, I’m going a little crazy.

I wish I could blog about something happy and carefree but I’m harried and nervous and can’t sleep, can’t think of anything but the book and how much more I need to write and how little time I have to do it. I’ve lost all peripheral vision. I can only focus on one little page, nothing else.

I’ve lost track of what’s happening on all my favorite TV shows.

I can’t read anything new. I’ve taken to re-reading old favorite books because I already know what happens and don’t have to focus too much on the story.

And I’m living on TV dinners. That can’t be healthy.

I spend most of my time in sweatpants, a big old work shirt and comfortable shoes. It’s not a good look for me.

So why am I always smiling? 🙂

Writer on the Verge of Deadlines





Kate Carlisle is always smiling because her first book, Homicide in Hardcover, from NAL, is now available everywhere!

Since this column was originally  posted in February 2009, Kate as gone on to publish over 20 books. You can get a complete list of her novels at Kate Carlisle Bibliography. Four of her newest titles are available below.



  • Anonymous
    on February 22, 2009

    Congrats on your release! And I’m in deadline hell with you!

  • Anonymous
    on February 21, 2009

    You have every right to smile. your book “Homicide in Hardcover is GREAT and it is selling really well. Every time go to reorder it is out out stock AGAIN. a blessing and a curse. I just checked and you got your books for your party, so have fun and remember to take time to be “in the moment.” The first time, for so many things is so special and never to be quite repeated.

  • Anonymous
    on February 18, 2009

    Stress breeding. I like that term. It definitely is that!

    Thanks, Jen. I really hope you enjoy the book!

  • Anonymous
    on February 18, 2009

    Michele! You’re too kind! If you could see me now, you would probably take back those words about looking fabulous! LOL

    But thanks!! 🙂

  • Anonymous
    on February 18, 2009

    Keep smiling Kate! You’re doing what you love! That fact that it’s a stress breeding business just comes with the territory…

    I’m starting Homicide in Hardcover today!

  • Anonymous
    on February 18, 2009

    Go, Kate, Go!!

    And no worries… being comfortable is key and you ALWAYS look fabulous, darling. 🙂

    Oh, and of course you have EVERY reason to smile! Yay!!

    Good luck!

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