Tuesday, June 14, 2011
An Update on the Writing Process
But, here's a brief update on what I'm doing these days:
My first completed manuscript, Shaken, has garnered interest from publishers, but no contracts yet. So, this book (and the other two in the San Francisco Earthquake Chronicles) are on hold for the moment as we wait for decisions to be made. I can't wait to get back to these stories and there is no question that they will be dusted off in the near future.
After being raised by an alcoholic father and a bootlegger brother, Laurie Burke resolves to find at least one honorable man to fill her life. When Laurie meets Daniel Shepherd on the moonlit bluff overlooking the shore, she assumes he's just another bootlegger. Federal agent Samuel Brown could be the answer to her prayers, but first impressions are rarely what they seem.
First Impressions is based loosely on a nugget from an old family story. Next week I get the joy of traveling to Port Angeles with my parents and kids to do some on-the-ground research. I can't wait to stand on that bluff and look down at the beach where the bootleggers would have landed their boats. It gives me a thrill just thinking about it. Researching this book has been a lot of fun and, surprisingly, a lot of calories (see my earlier post about Fairley's Pharmacy).
The proposal for this novel was warmly received by editors present at the Mount Hermon Christian Writer's Conference, so I am excited about its future. The rough draft is coming together quickly, and with the help of next week's research, I think it's going to be a thrilling and romantic story.
I want to thank all of you for your prayers and encouragement. It really gives me a boost knowing that I have so much support at home, in my church family and beyond. I hope that I will have good news to report soon, but until then, I'll keep plugging away--and trying to act reserved.