I just completed Chapter Two of The Illustrious Client so I think it’s safe to say, the WIP (work in progress) is actually on its way now. First I came up with all the characters. Second I wrote their back stories. Next I had to decide who did the murder. I knew from the beginning who […]
This is another scene from Stars. This is an early scene, between mother Jenny and daughter Djuna. Please feel free to comment and let me know your thoughts. scene three (Next morning. DJUNA is having tea at the table, while going over her studies. Using iPad, she is working on her family tree, also using […]
This week I finally wrote the love scene for The Illustrious Client that I’ve been dancing around for a couple of weeks. I’m thinking I will open the book with this scene, but if another opener occurs to me later on, this scene will still appear in the manuscript. This is only the first version, of course, […]
I received word last night that my short play Singer Clashes with Cougar will be performed in NYC on June 6th at 7:30pm at TaDa! on W. 28th Street. The production is by [Your Name Here] A Queer Theater Company. I wrote this play at the end of last year. It had its first production on […]
The Hounding is not quite a best seller yet, having come out 6 days ago, but the books are selling. One new reader has posted a review this week as well. I have lots of marketing ahead of me, I know I do. It would be lovely if one could simply write her books and […]
Yesterday the final final proof was completed and approved. The paperback is now released and available at Create Space for $11.99. The Kindle edition is still available on amazon.com for $2.99. The Look Inside will be available on Amazon in a few days. The paperback will also be available on Amazon in a few days.
I felt happy to finally push the Approve button at Create Space. This book was first published by Fiction Works as an eBook before ebooks were “the thing.” An eReader cost about $300. My book was a best seller the year it came out (a best-selling ebook, that is). That didn’t mean much back then in terms of money. We were all just WAY ahead of our time.
So, this year I revised The Hounding brought it up to date, made a few revisions that tightened the story, and I cleaned up every error that I and two assistants could find. If you read the book in either format, and find ANY error, please please tell me so I can fix it.
I think my protagonist and her sidekick, i.e. Shirley Combs and Dr. Mary Watson, are the Nancy Drew and friend for grown-ups. Dr. Watson is kind of a combination of Bess and George (she has George’s slim body, but she’s kind of Bess-like emotionally). Shirley, of course, is an homage to Sherlock Holmes and isn’t Nancy-like at all except that she is a woman and a detective. But Nancy Drew was our Sherlock, right? Nancy Drew gave me permission to act like Sherlock Holmes even though I was blonde and blue-eyed and lived in middle America when I was growing up. I had my “glass” (magnifying glass), and collected clues. I solved mysteries around the house and around the neighborhood. My mom collected pipes, so I often chewed on a stem thoughtfully as I paced the floor solving crimes while she was at work.
How did you “Nancy Drew?”
This seems like a good time to write about the process of proofing the galleys of one’s book. I thought I had a perfect version of my manuscript when I sent it to be printed. I had gone over it six times. SIX times. I had read it aloud twice. I was so confident, I […]