Monday, January 07, 2008

Deadly Exposure on!

Yeah! I was exploring the web Saturday night in the middle of writing and discovered Deadly Exposure is up on I almost cried when I saw it there. This is the very first book I wrote when God finally whispered in my heart that it was time to start writing. Folks who read the early versions could tell you how, umm, interesting the first, second, and third iterations were. I had a lot to learn, but God put wonderful people in my path to teach me. My editor at Steeple Hill could tell you how much work we had to do on it once she agreed to buy it. Though it was a ton of work, I am thrilled with the final result.

So what did I learn through the writing process?

1) Always be willing to learn. This book is good because I knew where I wanted to story to go, but was willing to learn craft as I wrote.

2) Share the book as it's being written with others. They're feedback told me what worked and what didn't. I had to learn how to stop editing and just write, but I needed that correction and feedback in early versions.

3) Know what is critical to the story and non-negotiable. Take the good, and discard the bad advice. It is your story after all. And...

4) Work with your editor. There were a couple things my editor wanted me to change, that I thought were important to the story. However, we were able to find a middle ground that we both like. If I'd thrown a fit or been stubborn, that wouldn't have happened. Instead, I could see what her concerns were and learn how to fix them. And the end result is a book I love!

I've wanted to write suspense for years. Think Mary Higgins Clark flavor. And this book is close and one hope you'll enjoy. Keep your eyes open. It releases in May.

When a murder took place in the theater box next to TV news reporter Dani Richards, she was completely shocked. She hadn't heard or seen a thing. And when her coverage of the story led the killer to stalk her, police officer Caleb Jamison-Dani's ex-flame-insisted on protecting her. Should she let him close again.or risk her life with a killer?

Isn't the cover cool!


Vader's Mom said...

I look forward to reading that one!

Sabrina L. Fox said...

AHHHH!!! I'm so excited. :) Can't wait to hold it in my hands.

I'll always remember how excited you were talking about the book on the way back from 2005 conference. Time is flying, girlfriend. Enjoy your moment.

Georgiana said...

Love your cover! Can't wait to read it =)

Crystal Laine Miller said...

I do love the cover--perfect! And it is so sweet that it is being published--by my favorite publisher! I'm so proud of you, I am bursting my buttons!

This is your genre!

(Can we say "exclamation points!")

susansbooks said...

I am wondering if Deadly Exposure is going to be part of a series, and what that series name would be, if it is. I currently own or have pre-ordered all of your books, and I am eagerly anticipating getting to read them. I will have to fit them in with the 1000 books I have on my shelf to read! I am grateful that you answered God's call to write books that honor Him!


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