Monday, January 07, 2008
Deadly Exposure on CBD.com!
Yeah! I was exploring the web Saturday night in the middle of writing and discovered Deadly Exposure is up on cbd.com. 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!