It’s been a while since I’ve written to you. That’s because I’ve been avoiding you, er myself … whatever.
The road to hell will be paved with my good intentions. Awhile back, okay – months ago, I told you that my manuscript for the sequel to Pennies from Burger Heaven had been sent to my developmental editor.
I also mentioned my novel would be ready for publication somewhere between July – September 2018.
Here’s what happened …
That version of Book #2 sucked.
Okay, not completely, but sort of.
I had already sat down, plotted, outlined and written a 300-page sequel, asking, “What happens next for Copper Daniels?”
That first attempt was so bad it will never see the light of day, and that’s not self-doubt talking, either. I hated it.
So, I went back to page one and found a completely different Copper plot, then wrote another 300-page novel. It’s the one that went to my developmental editor (that’s 600 pages now if you’re keeping count).
Here’s what she said about it, “Your first 100 pages are solid, but need a bit of tightening. Your second 100 pages are superb. Your last 100 need work, as you know. (Big kudos for making the second 100 so sharp, since that’s where most books fall apart.)”
I liked part of that plot line, then realized it should actually go into Copper #3. I’d written my books out of order!
So, I had to go back to the drawing board … again. I needed a better story for Copper #2. A a bigger story. One worthy of my readers and that fearless Copper Daniels.
I guess those first 600 pages were my warm-up because 300 new pages later, I did it!
Bones and Lies Between Us
Here’s the premise of Copper #2:
Four months after Pennies from Burger Heaven ends, young Copper Daniels’ life has become a different kind of bad. She struggles with survivor’s guilt over what happened that horrible, terrible night. Suddenly, her family lands knee-deep in trouble with the law and a media storm surrounds them.
In Copper’s search for the truth, she finds herself on a dangerous journey back to the one place she swore she’d never return – Paradise. The meanest part of the city where the homeless battle every day to survive. She finds more questions than answers about her mama’s troubled past on the streets and buried at the cemetery. Soon, Copper’s on the run from a killer. When the body bags start stacking up, she worries she’s next …
What I loved most about Pennies is that the story felt BIG. Here was this little eleven-year old girl telling a dark story that the reader doesn’t fully understand until the very end.
Copper’s life is very different in Book #2, but I feel like it’s another BIG story. Plus, she’s battling a new crisis, while still struggling with the aftermath from her old problems.
My manuscript is due back to my developmental editor on December 1, 2018. While she’s working her magic there, JD Smith Design will create the graphic art for my next cover.
I’m delighted to report that Bones and Lies Between Us will be published in 2019.
I also plan to publish Copper #3 in 2019. That will wind up her saga, then I plan to write other novels in Lost Souls Mysteries: three in Tommy Tucker’s voice (Copper’s street buddy, Turdmouth), then I’ll focus on three books for Copper’s enemy-turned-ally, O’Dell (the cemetery groundskeeper).
I have BIG stories in store for y’all. Thank you for sticking with me through my ups-and-downs this past year.
The perfectionist in me wants to say I “wasted” so much time in writing all those other pages, but really there’s no “wasted time” in writing.
Or, life. It’s all practice.
Since our house fire in August 2017, I’ve learned so much about me and my creative process. It doesn’t look like the norm and that’s okay. Everyone has to do what works for them.
Thanks, Diary. I’ve missed you (but, you didn’t see me eat that extra slice of cake yesterday, did you?!)
XO – m3
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