Editing is a necessary part of the novel writing process, but certainly very grueling. I am on the final 5 chapters, and weary from it. Glad to be nearing the end, so I can make my editor's edits, after this, and be done. It does give me another chance to read the book through and digest the content. This book is truly unique and a dynamic conclusion to the trilogy. I am dying to see reader's reactions to this final installment. I have to keep reminding myself.... THE BOOK IS WRITTEN - IT'S DONE... so I can carry on with editing. Putting things in perspective, sometimes makes it easier to finish what needs to be done.
I am currently in the process of editing the final installment of, The 13th Apostle, trilogy series. My editor is simultaneously editing, as well. While I'm in the home stretch, it's still hard work, as I find myself laboring over every word, sentence, scene, description, etc. to make sure it conveys the precise message it needs to. The nice part is, as I read along, making edits here and there, I remember where I was when I was inspired to create specific scenes, and how hard I then worked to create in words, what I saw, heard and felt. I am very proud of this book, as I am the others... As I move along in the process, I also can't help but take the time to appreciate how this novel (what I consider a personal work of art), feels like an evolving entity, all on its own. I truly love how each book I've written, feels like it has its own spirit, and has taken me on new personal, emotional, and spiritual journeys.
Tonight, July 18th, 2019 at 8:42 p.m. I finished writing the third and final installment of, The 13th Apostle trilogy series. This series took me 16 years, and it's finally complete. What a feeling...
After editing, and book cover design, it's possible I could have this book out by late September or October 1st.
I look forward to sharing the title with everyone... a title, which I think, is really unique, but in keeping with the religious thriller genre.
I imagined this day... and here it is. While I'm glad to close out this trilogy, which I've been writing for the better part of 16 years, I do feel a bit melancholy, as I say good-bye to this story, and these characters, both good and evil, that I have grown to love. Each one became a part of me... and letting them go is bittersweet.
I am now writing/editing the last chapter of the final book of, The 13th Apostle, trilogy series. It is an emotional one, too. As I write the final scenes, I find myself consumed with emotion for what the characters are going through, because I am going through it as well, through their experiences, which I see, hear, and feel. For one to be truly triumphant, one must be willing to sacrifice everything, as readers will learn through Fallon. To commit to such a decision exemplifies the best of the human spirit, but it can be unbearably sorrowful.
The chapter is written, but I am editing it to make it perfect, as it deserves to be. After this, one final edit, book cover design, and then the novel is ready for launch.
(PHOTO: Used for inspiration for scene in my latest novel.)
Happy 4th of July!
On July 2nd, 1776, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence, and two days later, on July 4, 1776, delegates from the 13 colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence, a historic document drafted by Thomas Jefferson.
Is it possible that a soul, condemned to the infernal regions for grave sins against divine law, can be redeemed, and eventually received into the heavenly realm?
That's precisely what Fallon hopes is within the bounds of possibility, not only for her twin brother, Roarke, but for herself... a headstrong woman who willfully committed suicide, as a guarantee into the Abode of the Damned. Her plan, to reconnect with her brother on the other side, in the place of eternal suffering and punishment, to set him free. Only problem is... she didn't figure out a plan before she entered the Place of the Wicked.
As Fallon navigates the tricky labyrinth of hell, encountering those she'd only read about in history books, she believes she may have discovered what keeps a soul bound to the netherworld, and therefore, what may release it. But before deploying her scheme, she must first figure out if what she learned during her journey through hell is authentic, or a carefully laid trap, set for her by the devil, himself.
I am working on the final two chapters of this novel. It's all written and what needs to happen is all there... I am now just combing out the snarls, and revising, revising, revising, until what I see, hear, and feel, is communicated effectively in words, scenes, and dialogue. The reader must see, hear, and feel everything I do, so the story lives up to what it is truly meant to be. That's my job as the author, and why it takes so long to write a novel. It's hard work, but it's a labor of love. When this book is complete, and I look at it, I will know that I've given the project everything I had... and left behind something for the world that will live on.
Spent a great Father's Day with my father, Edwin. Wishing all the dads out there a wonderful day with their children, or four-legged little ones (its the same in my eyes ❤️). Being an only child, I had my dad all to myself.... thanks to this guy for listening to me talk about my books, story ideas, and everything else that daughters go on and on about.
Sometimes I get so caught up with writing, that I forget how creatively stimulating experiencing another artist's work can be.... it really is fuel for the creative fire.
Last night, Florence and the Machine's concert at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield, Massachusetts was the perfect kick-off to summer 2019, and a very moving experience. This woman's raw talent, her passionate lyrics, and the whimsical sheer dresses she wears as she dances barefoot across the stage is a reminder to everyone to do what you love...
Creative inspiration comes from so many different places. It was a joy to see Florence showcase hers, through her music, to all of us.
This third and final novel of my trilogy series is pouring out like I'm channeling it from another realm.
With 12 chapters complete, 2 other chapters mostly written - but needing work, and another 2 chapters yet to be written, I can see the light at the end of the literary tunnel. As of today, I have 340 pages and counting. I feel like this book will definitely be done far sooner than I expected, which is such a great feeling.
To have my trilogy finally done, after writing for 16 years, feels like all of my hard work was worth it. I am beyond proud of this life-changing accomplishment.
The title of this book is in-keeping with the 'religious thriller' theme, and I know my readers will love it. I can't wait to share it with all of you!