When I chose 'The Day After Thanksgiving' as the date to launch my blog, little did I realize the biggest shopping day of the year would arrive so quickly. My only regret in selecting this day is missing the murderously long checkout lines at Macys and Walmart.
I've been intrigued by many a well-written murder mystery over the years. But early on, reading was not enough and I took up writing mysteries. My first story, drafted at age 12 and entitled Ergo Death, involved the demise of a person who fell down the coal chute in our basement. My focus wasn't on depth of characters back then. With practice, my stories developed a bit more complexity.
26-year old Pepper Bibeau is my protagonist in FOR EVERY ACTION, the first novel of a planned series (print date pending.) Through several revisions and much editing, Pepper evolved into a tenacious insurance investigator who deals with an eclectic collection of characters. One literary agent I spoke with early in the protagonist's development suggested that the career I had initially chosen for Pepper was not substantial enough to carry the story or a series.
I've learned two beneficial life lessons from this agent's suggestion:
1.) A strong personality generates attraction.
2.) Honest criticism deserves consideration.
Now that I have taken action and launched this blog, I'm off to read the last three chapters of the final Harry Potter novel (on the lanai, with a tall glass of iced tea lemonade.) I'll return each Wednesday to share tidbits of topics and personal experiences gathered while writing FOR EVERY ACTION.
Won't you join me on the lanai?