Monday, September 28, 2009

Painful, so painful

I have struggled for so long with The Night Lamp. I finally took a good look, not like I haven't before, but this time I accepted what I saw. Too many characters. Too much subplot. It had to go. I cut 15000 words in one fell swoop. Ouuuuch! I won't tell you how many characters were laid low. Frightening. I know as soon as I heal up over this, I will have a book that is lean and ready to make a promising debut.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

What can you do

This is hilarious. After reading Cost of Freedom, someone contacted me and told me how much they loved the story. I was so flattered. As we talked, they mentioned different, memorable scenes. They loved the hero and heroine. They wanted to violently hurt the mean and nasty characters. Then they paused. Taking a breath, they said, but I was hoping that one character in particular would die at the end of the book.

I had to laugh. I told them, I completely agree and this character did die in the original draft. It was changed due to the immense support this character received from early readers. This latest reader assured me that she still loved the book even with that flaw.

I think back to the day when I received all of those emails from critique partners telling me that no one would accept the original ending. I'm glad to hear that at least one person saw my vision.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

In the mail

The contract for For Mercy's Sake has been signed and shipped. Not that I have a favorite, but I really like this book. Maybe it is due to the limited amount of research that went into the story. While For Mercy's Sake is set in the 1700s, the characters do not live out historical events. This is a basic, character-driven story. I enjoy those.