I haven’t had time to update my blog recently, and for good reason. I’m in the process of re-re-rewriting a new novel which I hope to get out to the editor by the end of March and published in May or early June. Rewriting is a never ending task. I think that most serious writers really strive to put out the best product they are capable of. So that means that it is hard to “let go” of a manuscript. There is always just “one more” change that will make it better. But, like all things, we have to let it go at some point or we could make a career out of just “improving” one book.
This one has been a challenge. I’m used to writing in the genre of “Action/Adventure” with a lot of intrigue and lots of bullets flying and lots of narrow escapes. This time I’ve tried to write a story that involves personalities and things and situations that anyone might encounter. In fact, there is only one “death” in 334 pages of “September Song” and that is a suicide. No CIA, no dirty politicians, no duplicitous gangsters to double-cross the hero.
Actually, the hero is hard pressed to BE a hero. And whether he is or not is up to the reader to decide. Will this one be a hit, or a miss? I really don’t know how it will be received. I just know that it has taken me a year to tell the story of Brad Houston, his ups and downs, his pitfalls, and his struggles. I hope to have it on Amazon before the end of May. If you are interested, I will update the progress toward publication on this blog. And I will be anxious to see your reaction once it hits your Kindle.
John Beckman 28 Feb 2015