The Great “What If”

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I took a hiatus from blogging over the (somewhat extended) holidays, but I’m back. Wow, I heard you groan from here. Anyway, the good news is I finished writing my third novel and am finalizing the edits on it now. The book is tentatively titled One for Sorrow, which comes from an old English nursery rhyme.

The story came about based on a “what if” question. One for Sorrow got its premise when I received a text message one morning. I don’t remember who sent the text or what it was about, but it triggered my what-if moment.

I did a short video to explain why it’s been so long since I last posted. Enjoy.

What if a mother received a text from her long-dead son? Now, I don’t write supernatural stuff. The real world’s plenty scary enough for me , thank you. So I had to build the story around that one question and keep it believable enough that a reader would think, “Hey, that could really happen.” If that sounds easy, you’ve never written a book.

I did a bit of outlining before starting to write, which is different for me, but most of the story developed on its own. I knew whom I wanted for my main character, but the other players sort of showed up, introduced themselves, and did their part. And I had no clue how the story would end until I was probably 80% finished with the writing.

Is the novel good? Well, I think so or I wouldn’t put it out there. And I got my new favorite quote from one of my beta readers (you know who you are): “I knew you wrote but this was really, really good.” It’s the but that gets me (feel free to insert your own joke here).

In a week or so, the final version will be off to my agent, and she’ll start making the rounds with it. I’m going to Home Depot this weekend to buy a bigger mailbox to accommodate the large checks that will soon be headed my way. Hey, I can dream right?

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  • Karla Akins

    May your mailbox overflow with offers and checks and may fleas never take up residence in your armpits. Glad you’re baaaaaack!

    • tomthreadgill

      Thank you!