Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Rules Of Protection

Wow!  Some really great news!!  I received an offer for publication on RULES OF PROTECTION.  YAY!!!

So what does that mean exactly?  It means somone (in this case, a publisher) thinks my story is as great as I do and wants to make it into a book.  AMAZING, right? 

Especially considering that this story came to me on a whim.  I was two chapters in on another book when I received this strange ephiphany loud and clear.  I wasn't brainstorming.  I wasn't trying to gather new story material .  It literally just struck me that I should do a story about a FBI agent hiding a witness on a Texas backwoods bird farm, similar to one I frequented as a child.

Instantly, I liked the idea and decided to jot it down so I wouldn't forget.  Then I set the pen and notebook down and went back to work on my current WIP.  Well, tried to work is a more accurate statement.  My head spun with ideas for this bird farm story, like flashing lightbulbs that I couldn't turn off.  And I couldn't take the chance of not writing them down, either.  I'd never remember them later.  I started scrawling anything that came to mind, thinking once I had it out of my head and down on paper, I could go back to work.  Apparently, that wasn't going to happen.

Within less than twenty-four hours, I had a detailed, fifty page outline for this novel.  The storyline poured from my head, as if a mental damn had broken and released a massive flood that had been building subconsciously behind that wall.  Then I couldn't stop thinking about this story.

Needless to say, I put the other WIP aside and concentrating solely on RULES OF PROTECTION and wrote an entire 116,000-word manuscript in two and a half months.  It actually took me longer to edit than it did to write.  But I was happy with the story.  It's funny.  I hate to almost say that about my own book, since it sounds conceited, but I still read back over it and laugh at what I wrote.  That's how I know this story will make it...preferably sooner rather than later.


  1. Congrats!! That's super exciting. As I recall, you had several agents request pages on that book in Pitch Wars as well. Rock on!

  2. Thanks, Alexia! It's really exciting! In fact, I have an announcement to make tomorrow afternoon, too. Look for it on Twitter or check it out here (in more detail)!! :)