I must say, the past several weeks have been extremely busy. Relentless Savage has been fully released in digital and print formats. So far it is generating a lot of buzz, and iBooks even declared it a “best new mystery and thriller”! Remember, if you’d like to purchase a signed copy of Relentless Savage or Crossing Savage, just contact me through this web site (click on the Contact tab at the top of the page).
A few weeks ago I completed the first draft of Peter Savage Book #3. Although I do have a working title, I’m reluctant to share that just yet. After some discussion with my editor and the production staff at Light Messages, and we’ve agreed on the title, I’ll let you know. But until then, I’ll just refer to it as Book #3.
Most authors will claim that they hate their first drafts. Maybe this is overly dramatic, maybe not. Generally, I feel disappointed as I am constructing the first draft as it never feels to me (while writing) that the draft manuscript will live up to reader’s expectations. Perhaps this is because the process of writing the first draft spans many months. In truth, I put at least a year into research, concept invention and refinement, and finally writing, before I have a draft. And yes, the first draft is rough.
It doesn’t really take shape, in my opinion, until the second pass. I’ll wait a few weeks after completing the draft before re-reading and crafting the coarse, unrefined collection of pages into a manuscript that I fell good about. Imagine painting a large scene, and working very close to the canvass, seeing the minute detail of each brush stroke, yet not appreciating how those streaks of color and texture fit into the overall painting until you step back. That is how it is for me as I write these stories. Not until I read the first draft can I fully feel how the various pieces fit together. Consequently, this is a very exciting–perhaps the most enjoyable–time in the journey of writing a novel.
Without giving away too much about the plot of Book #3, I thought it would be fun to share a few clues about where the story unfolds, and key plot elements. Each of the images attached to this blog relate directly to major aspects of the plot. Share with me your guesses–feel free to ask questions. I promise I’ll answer truthfully, but perhaps vague and obtuse depending on the question (LOL).
The manuscript will be off to my editor before the end of April (I have to have deadlines, otherwise stuff just doesn’t get done). Light Messages is aiming for a late November release. There’s a lot to do between now and then, but I’m optimistic we can meet the schedule. More to come. Cheers!