Hey, everybody. I wanted to take some time and lay out an update on the novel I'm writing. Folks have been asking, and while I've been pretty strictly advised NOT to leak anything specific regarding the book, I can tell you this...
This novel is kicking my ass. Not in a bad way. More in a WRITE ME, BITCH! kind of way. And that is not stated in a bad way - more in a I AM SOMEBODY! I AM WORTHWHILE! WRITEMEWRITEMEWRITEME! WRITE ME! kind of way.
Sometimes the novel says, GET UP. YEAH, I KNOW YOU'RE SLEEPING. GET UP ANYWAY. WRITE ME. I'm waiting for the time it says, WAKE UP AND WRITE ME. NAW, ITS ALL GOOD, I GOT YOU STARBUCKS.
This novel is intense. The story line is everything I'd like to see in a book. The elements are every bit real world with enough NO WAY elements to keep even me engaged. But I'm getting ahead of myself. Let me take you back...
I came off of Authors After Dark at the end of last September knowing I would write this book. I already had notes on it. Ideas scrawled into my journal, a basic outline in my head. Ideas for characters written down. As I drove home from NYC, I felt on fire to get writing. But I had book events and workshops all through October, and I knew I had to stay present with A Tale For All Seasons in order to support it properly.
November then, I thought. Friends began asking me if I was going to participate in NaNoWriMo. I had no intention of doing so, and said as much, until it hit me. NaNoWriMo offered serious writing motivation (made up of publicly tracking your word count, thereby setting yourself up for public success or public failure). Perfect! It was ON. (Oh, I blogged about it that month - read it HERE. And HERE'S my NaNoWriMo page.)
It worked out. It really did. Things were humming along, I was going at a nice clip, staying true to that outline I had in my head. And then... the novel began to build itself out. Writers may know what I mean by that. My novel began to take twists and turns I did not anticipate or plan.
Now don't get me wrong, that's how I roll. I like to write intuitively, allowing the story to unfold, the characters to inform me as they reveal themselves. I don't plot or create outlines very often, although that process is in my training. Some authors think I'm nuts. It works for me. Moving on.
So but here's the deal. Characters created as mere bridges from one scene to the next, one development to the next - literally self auditioned for a more prominent role. Oh, I'm serious! I would wake up in the night and so-and-so would be talking (reading lines?) as if she/he were auditioning! And I'd realize: Yes! This has to go in the book! So all of a sudden, BAM! Starring role for bridge characters A, B and C.
One character managed to establish herself as so valuable that I simply had to tell her story. This chick revealed so many intriguing bits of her past, psyche and current life, that I had to give her a leading role. She's sharing the spot light with my main character right now. Its okay, they met, and they're friends. Moving on.
I decided to go back to my roots on this one. For this novel, I have actually created a writer's ARC of sorts - consisting of (get ready!) a proper outline, character profiles and other stuff to keep my writer's brain pointed at true north. I then put all of that in a nice plastic folder with a window to showcase my mock cover which will later be ridiculed by the cover artist (who's already signed on! OMG, right??).
Then guess what happened? Once I created that baby, I fell in love with it! Put it on my dresser, picked it up and fingered it lovingly often. At present, a beta reader (starting to hyperventilate...) has my writer's ARC of sorts (reaching for a paper bag...). I'm okay with this. Not really. It took me a couple of weeks to give it to her! There really is a creatress-child relationship that forms when an author writes a book... any authors know what I mean?
Also in the month of November, the trailer for my novella, Becoming Jac (produced by my editor, Michelle Nati), won Author J.K. Coi's book trailer contest, which was a pretty huge deal. I wrote about it, HERE.
In the month of December, I managed to get my novella, Phoenix Rising released for Kindle. It was reviewed a bunch of times - really well! I'll rally all those links and post them in the near term. The Phoenix Rising book trailer was produced by my website designer and is HOT AS HELL. In a good, smoldering way. Haven't read the book yet? Dear God! Well let me hook you up with some excerpts. HERE'S chapter five, and HERE'S chapter seven. Enjoy. :) We're in the process of preparing the entire book for print. Then you can get it. (Right??)
Back to the new novel. Yes, this will be a stand-alone. It will be different from what you've read of my work thus far, but you'll still know its me without a doubt. But I'm warning you now - I push the envelope a bit. I mean, COME ON, I'm interviewing a lead investigator from one of the Paranormal Investigation teams I admire most, as research! Oh, man - that may have constituted TMI as far as my editor is concerned. Oh, well. Teaser's leaked. Too late now.
So if you, my beloved reader, are wondering where I am... why I'm not tweeting, posting or interacting as much - now you know. I am sequestered in my house, hibernating in the writing cave here in the frozen northeast, creating a book I hope you will love. I'm here, completely immersed in the creative vibe, cooking a lot, beading some, doing artsy cultural things to keep me in that mindset and... writing... A LOT.
In closing, I know what you're wondering... And the answer is, we're hoping for a Summer, 2010 release. :)
Love and Moonbeams!