It finally happened. I’ve signed a contract with Crescent Moon Press for my first manuscript, my most cherished baby, Ruling Eden. You can read a bit about the story if you click over to my current works page.
I blame nursing hormones for the surge of energy to write this story. For years I’d made false starts with other fantasy manuscripts, never getting beyond the midpoint because I didn’t know where I was heading with the plot. But post-partum chemicals started my mind spinning this time and the “ah ha” moment, the epiphany showing me how this story was to end, happened while doing dishes one evening. With an end in mind, I was able to begin. Of course, along the way, the story changed. I’m not a pure plotter. But I need the surety I have a direction in order to free my muse to twist my characters’ journeys along the way.
I started working on this manuscript in spring of 2005 and it was the one on which I cut my writing teeth. With feedback from my first critique group, Bay State Writers, I slashed and rewrote chapter after chapter. In the end, the story came out infinitely stronger. It ran the gauntlet of other generous beta readers, including my current critique group, The Quirky Ladies. I”ve blogged about the contract offer there, so stop by for another peek at my news.
Time will tell if its immediate sequel, Surviving Eden,will also be picked up by Crescent Moon. Not to mention the two additional manuscripts I need to write to finish the series totally.
I’ve been told there’s a chance the book may come out as early as October, but no promises. It will be available both in e-format and in print if you order on-line. I promise to post the cover and official blurb when they exist. And, of course, any additional excerpts.
Although I’d love to toast myself with cyber champagne, I feel it’s truly my writing community that deserves the loudest Laud. Without them I could not have made it this far. Cheers, friends. I hope you know who you are.