Being a historical fiction writer, my mind is constantly searching for new subjects to write about. My future novels could be about a Civil War heroine, or a soldier saying goodbye to his beloved before going off to war. History abounds with information of all kinds, and crafting an interesting story should be easy. Well, it’s not easy.
Set to be released August 1, my latest novel, The Image of Rachel Clair, is a historical romance mystery. Coming up with the plot, description, and brutal details had me digging into the depths and archives of my own creative mind just to pull out names for characters. The next steps require different processes altogether.
Now I sit with two laptop screens in front of me while I correct dialogue faux pas, plot twists, and something simple like making it all work. I compare my original manuscript on one computer to the professionally edited one on the other and realize how much work I still have ahead of me. That’s where my new layer of thick skin comes in.
The Image of Rachel Clair is the first novel in the series HAUNTING MYSTERIES OF THE OLD SOUTH and set in the small community of Coal Springs, Alabama at the turn of the twentieth century. It is the story of a young farm girl and how two transient farmworkers upset her simple life by bringing love, disgrace, and tragedy into her life. You can read more about it by clicking on the book cover.
I take all edits as gospel since they are the reader and I’m only the author. Knowing how to take criticism and advice on my work is key to making my novels be the best they can be. I recently advised a fellow writer to correct the contemporary jargon in a story set the mid-1800s. She said, “I’ll never happen. I won’t change a thing.” Can you imagine a southern gentleman in 1848 calling a woman ‘babe’?
Last but definitely not least:
I hope my friends in the Atlanta area will join me at FoxTale Book Shoppe in Woodstock on Friday, August 9 from 7-9. I, along with nine other emerging authors will be discussing our latest books. I hope to see you there!
Until next time,