It seems strange to be speaking about Waiting in the Night before the first is even released, but this is exactly my topic today. While The Last Word will go forth into the wild and be a strong topic for conversation and reviews, I have to keep pressing forward. (You can check some of these out on Goodreads. You can also listen to a portion of the audio book for free by becoming a Moonlighter.)
I am excited the reviews I have seen about The Last Word have been positive. I have no allusions to the novel being a book for everyone. Mystery thrillers do draw a large crowd, but not the entire crowd, which is fine. I recently read from an accomplished author that the process of writing a book only becomes easier after the first one. I see this as a reality for me.
Waiting in the Night
My next novel will be called Waiting in the Night. To be doing what you’re supposed to be doing in life, your calling if you will, is so rewarding. I can’t believe it took me this long to get started. Having this frame of reference has made me recognize my time on this planet is fleeting, nothing more than a vapor. My time is being spent, sifted through an hourglass in these days that I live, just as yours are being spent. Should we not spend it in the best possible use?
Weekly Word Count
Waiting in the Night is another mystery thriller. I am still early in the launch planning process, but I expect I will release it next year during the Spring. Marketing for The Last Word eats up a lot of my time, but I am again dedicating specific portions of time each week to move the story to completion. When I wrote the first draft of The Last Word, I found myself writing between 5k-7k words a week. Waiting in the Night is a solid 7k words every week and I expect to break 10k words in some. Why the increase? Writing becomes easier the more you write. I am finding something else too though: rhythm. It took a little bit of time for me to find my rhythm when I wrote the last novel, but this one is an entirely different creature.
Portion of the Plot
This “creature” is darker in some corners. Secrets lie all around. Look hard and you might find something meaningful to which you’ll want to cling, lol. Part of the plot revolves around a family who buys a house in a new town. While they are trying to escape the hectic life of a big city, they unknowingly have stepped right into the path of a cataclysmic event. This description isn’t enough to make you foam at the mouth to read it, but how can I share a full synopsis with you? The story hasn’t even been completed yet, lol.
Behind the Scenes
I originally starting writing Waiting in the Night over 25 years ago. When I stopped working on it, due to college and a full-time job, I had approximately 17k words. I still have those words, but most of them I couldn’t use. There is one scene in which two characters are introduced where I was able to use approximately 1,000 words from the original novel. The rest of the words will not be included. This isn’t because the story has changed drastically from the original concept, but my writing style has grown greatly since that time. Plus, the novel plot has grown since its inception.
I have also become more comfortable with scene switching. Waiting in the Night will constantly switch between the different characters you meet. It will be different in this novel because the scenes will also cover distances in time. I’m being extra careful with how I accomplish this since I don’t want anyone to feel like they are missing any details. If you do happen to feel that way when you read the novel, then I confidently tell you now, you will not miss a thing.
The Cliff! The Cliff!
In The Last Word, I really hit my stride and became familiar with cliffhangers. If you have read the book, I would love to know what you think of the many tense and exciting chapter endings where, as a reader, you want to press on to the next chapter. This type of writing will make a return in this novel as much as possible. Strong characters you care about, a great plot, and a familiar setting are some of the goals.
Also, this Fall, I will have the first novella available for the Moonlight Community. I’m eager for you to read this and know your thoughts. The novella will be centered around a woman who finds herself waiting for her husband to come home, but all is not as it seems. As stated on the “subscribe now” page, this will be completely free for the Moonlight Community. I appreciate everyone who has taken time out of their busy day to read my writing and encourage me in the process.
The progress bar for Waiting in the Night is correct. I was able to crack 45%.