This was the first book I actually sat down and plotted on index cards, creating my Great Wall of Plot. It started out easy enough. Then of course Billy insisted on getting his POV time. Then it was Courtney's turn to take the story in a completely different direction. She was against this whole plotting thing from the get go. She kept telling me, "Just sit down, listen to me, and write the damn book."
I'm really pleased where Courtney and Alex took me on this unexpected detour. It made the story much stronger and gave me a part two to continue the original plot in a sequel on Courtney dealing with turning 30.
I'm getting a really good vibe from a publisher that is considering my entire Ring Dreams series as is. I don't want to jinx anything so I won't name any names until the contracts are signed and it's all official. There is a good possibility that Headlocks & Hexes will be released by the end of the year by a publisher who actually gets my voice and likes my ability to push a story to it's limits.
Until I hear back from them, I'm putting Seances and Suplexes away to take a drastic leap into a whole new genre. My new WIP, tentatively titled Shattered, is a dark edgy young adult novel written in first person point of view. I'm going back in time to tell the story of Rowan's mother's rape and her eventual conception. All of this told through the eyes of fifteen year old Amalie.
So far I am having a total blast with this project and the words are just pouring onto the page. I love writing in first person point of view. Maybe I will finally be able to write a book without Billy getting a POV. I had the first chapter critiqued by some of my MCRW friends who know YA. Their main concern, too much Billy. They gave me some great feedback that I used to rewrite the first chapter. Now I'm deep into chapter three.
My sixteen year old niece is my resident edgy YA expert and after reading the revised first chapter she is already demanding the next chapter. I guess that's a good sign! I got inspired to try this whole YA thing after she introduced me to the wonderful world of Ellen Hopkins. I can not wait for Ms. Hopkin's first adult novel to come out this year. I will be at the bookstore the day it is released.