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.