We became good friends, and I thought how cool it would be to write for a living. So eventually, I did.
Little did I know 1) how long it would take to get published, 2) how ego-crushing submitting manuscripts can be, 3) how many cool, awesome writers, editors, and agents I’d meet along the way, 4) how much excruciating, convoluted editing is involved to make a book ready for public dissemination, and 5) how ever-changing and random the publishing business is.
And it takes a really weird person (like me) to persevere. Fortunately, this business is filled with eccentric, fascinating, weird people so I fit right in.
A little update on what is happening with my next book to be released: “The Deadening,” psychological suspense, the story of the deadening and resurrection of a woman’s soul and all of the horrific decisions in between, mainly spurred by an assault, a coma, and a psychotic ex-husband. A cute detective is sandwiched in between the horrific stuff, so no worries.
The book has been edited by a professional editor, my agent, my (former) publishing house and about a thousand times by me. It’s as good and clean as it can get. It was slated to come out Summer, 2020. However, as the erratic and winding path of publishing goes sometimes, my publisher announced they have made the difficult decision to close the fiction publishing arm of their business.
I had to laugh. The writing journey is a long and winding path, and seems to get longer and windier the longer I’m involved.
So next week we start a new round of submissions, and I’m excited because I thought “The Deadening,” was, well…dead.
While that’s being worked out, I’m working on my next book, “The Vanishings.” My agent likes it. That’s a good sign.
Meanwhile, my personal character is being expanded by leaps and bounds. I’m not even throwing tantrums anymore when
Well, except for a few pity parties, but that’s a given. Writers bond over pity party stories and lots of alcohol. Lots and lots of alcohol.
So, that’s the scoop! The journey continues!