Next Please!

Our family is on a little vacation this week. As much as I’m loving it, my head is always on my writing. I hate this about myself, but I can’t seem to change it. I’m obsessed. Now that the official release of Hidden in the Dark is less than two weeks away, I’m mulling over the next book.

I know that the book will be about the evil character, Randall, from Hidden in the Dark. Although he doesn’t get a real point of view in my first novel (and doesn’t deserve one – after all, he’s horrible, right?) I find myself wondering how he became that way. I find myself looking for clues about him in the first story, almost as if I’m a detective. What kind of environment would create such a terrible monster? Was he ever “normal”,  or did he begin life as a depraved creature?

Too make matters even more exciting for myself, I’m giving myself a much shorter deadline for this book.  I’ve decided to hold my own feet to the fire and launch my next novel in December of 2017.  I think this means that I might actually need to create an outline! (My first novel sort of wrote itself over a period of four years or so…)

On the long trip back home, I’m going to create a character profile of this man. It’s an entirely structured exercise, which is a new experience for me. Structure feels a lot like rules, and rules are for other people. But, all the best advice tells  me to do this, and more, if I want to deliver on my crazy, self-imposed deadline! So, I will be a good student and listen to more experienced writers who have gone before me.

I promised myself when I began this journey that I would take chances and be brave. Some days, I’m not sure whether I’m being brave or foolish with my decisions.  I am sure, however,  that I’m following my passion, and that feels right!

It’s easy for me to get caught up in the business end of anything and let it weigh me down.  It’s not that I don’t enjoy that part of it. I have a bit of a background in administration and marketing. The challenge of making a business grow excites me, and this book marketing business isn’t much different.  But nothing, and I mean nothing, excites me like a blank page and free reign.

No matter the method I utilize to organize the production of this book, I can’t wait to learn more about Randall Carter’s history. I’m dying to know how the monster was made!