I’m going to make a confession. And, when I do you are going to think that I am stupid (that’s debatable) or nuts (which is certifiable). But, if you are a writer, or just a good reader, you might understand.
I just finished the final rewrite on my next novel, “September Song” which will be available on Amazon the last week of May. So, there I am down to the last chapter and pecking away at the keys. And then I get to the last three pages – and tears start welling up in my eyes. I’m rooting for the guy in the book as if I didn’t know how the story ends! So they are not tears of sadness, but tears of gladness. Now, I WROTE ALL THE WORDS IN THAT BOOK. The only people in the world who know how the story ends are my wife, my editor and me. But, there I am getting all emotional about it, looking at the words (which I wrote) on my screen.
On the face of it, that does seem stupid, doesn’t it? But, if you think about it, I’ve lived with those characters for a whole year. I’ve been through every trial and tribulation with them. They are REAL people to me. So, even though I wrote the ending of that book (an rewrote it a couple of times) it was still climatic to me. It was almost as if I was reading something written by some other author.
I’m not sure how the public will take to this novel. I’ve been writing a series of action/adventure novels and readers like for an author to “do the same thing, only different.” That’s why James Patterson is so popular. So why wouldn’t I do that and have a sure-fire seller? Somebody once asked Stephen King why he wrote the kind of books he did, and his answer was, “Why do you assume that I have a choice?” Yes, writers are people and we have to grow and try new things. This is the most ambitious task I’ve undertaken and it’s not like anything I have published before. It is a book all about people, their failures and their victories. It’s also the biggest book I’ve written at about 335-340 pages. So, when it becomes available on Amazon you can read the first 10% (30 pages or so) just by looking at it. If you like it enough to purchase it, I’d like to know your opinion of it–and if you cry at the ending.