The Parts of a Book


By Bethany Maines


Recently, we’ve added Harry Potter to our daughter’s bedtime
story reading.  Once we’ve completed a
book, we watch the movie version.  But then,
of course, she wanted a wand and an owl. There’s not much I can do about the
owl, but a kindly auntie did provide a wand for Christmas and a potions “class”
with dry ice and tea that turns blue.  (Butterfly Pea Blossom
if you’re interested, but be forewarned, don’t google the Latin name if
you’re at all prone to laughing at dirty jokes.)  But now, she wants the fancy potions bottles.  So after some quick youtubing around and going
Dr. Frankenstein on a recycling bin test subject, I’m prepared to have an
afternoon of magic potion bottle making.

None of which has anything to do with writing, except that
plotting out how to turn something random into magic is pretty a good
definition of what it a writer does.
There was even the “oh shit” part where I was pretty sure I screwed it
up and it was going to be a disaster.  I
believe that every book I’ve ever written has featured that part. 

In fact, there are many parts to writing a book that don’t
get discussed in English classes.  For
instance, the “Oh Shit” part is sometimes followed by the Drinking part. Which
is often then followed by either the Dawn of Inspiration or the Damned Recycling
Bin of I Hate You.  And my next
paranormal romance featured the three week long Hiatus of Indecision.  My personal favorite part is the Shining Hope
of a New Project.  Sadly, it’s frequently
followed by the Hopeless Disillusionment phase.  But if you’re lucky you can make it through
the Weary Slog to the End part and end up with a book full of characters that
you love and a feeling of accomplishment that the story got told. 

If you’re interested in seeing how the Hiatus of Indecision
resulted in a story about vampires that don’t glitter and a shifter wolf who
got a little more than he bargained for on his way to rob a bank, you can check
it out below.


Lacasse, shifter wolf, bank robber and rebel didn’t mean to take Deya Jasper
with him on his way out of Littleton Texas, but fate had other plans. But as
the two flee for California, vampires dog their every step, and both Deya and
Maverick find themselves questioning if the unexpected bond they feel can
withstand the dangers they face.


Maverick takes place in the Supernatural world of the
3 Colors Trilogy, but is a stand-alone novel.


Bethany Maines is the award-winning author of the Carrie Mae Mysteries, San
Juan Islands Mysteries
, The Deveraux
Legacy Series
, and numerous novellas and short stories. When she’s not
traveling to exotic lands, or kicking some serious butt with her black belt in
karate, she can be found chasing her daughter or glued to the computer working
on her next novel.
You can also catch up with
her on
Twitter, FacebookInstagram, and BookBub.


5 replies
  1. Debra H. Goldstein
    Debra H. Goldstein says:

    You are so right that the highs are discussed, but not the "Oh, shit" moments. Congrat on the new book

  2. Kathryn Lane
    Kathryn Lane says:

    My husband hears about all my "Oh, shit" moments and he's become adept at smoothing my feathers during the worst of these moments. I loved the part about the search for the magic potion bottles! What fun! She'd love visiting the Harry Potter at Universal Studios in Orlando. I took my grandchildren in 2019 (before Covid) and got a magic wand for my granddaughter. And the rides were fantastic – I enjoyed them as much as they did!! It's an amazing place.

    • SuperB
      SuperB says:

      My dream is that the auntie who got her the wand would take her, but you make it sound fun. 😛

  3. Anonymous
    Anonymous says:

    Best of luck on the new release, Bethany! Interestingly, I'm currently reading a women's fiction book about four authors dealing with the highs and lows of writing, along with an insider look at the world of publishing.

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