My first novel, Foundation, contains two distinct stories and in late spring last year, I realised one of them simply was not working. In my opinion, the tale of Kathleen and Lorenz was much weaker than the one of Keira and Liam. My impression was confirmed by some beta readers and literary agents so I decided to re-write Kathleen and Lorenz’s adventures. Some aspects that did work I kept, but basically I started from scratch again. I am so pleased I did. I am now equally satisfied with both stories and received a fantastic feedback, as well as some useful suggestions, from the person who kindly proofread my manuscript. Lesley, thank you so very much for doing this, it was greatly appreciated!
Two elements helped me finish this first novel. First, I set myself a non-negotiable deadline, just as if someone else had set it for me. The writing had to be finished by the end of January and the editing by the end of February. I managed to keep both deadlines, looking a bit dishevelled and obsessed on January 31st! After printing off Foundation and reading it through again, I still found some little things that needed to be corrected or improved. Last week I put the final touches to my book and sent it off to a literary agent in London, whom I had met at the Frankfurt Book Fair last October. She had read the first four chapters already and requested the full manuscript.
The second element was Sexy Hubby making an executive decision mid-December: he went out and bought me a MacBook Air. It may sound silly, but it changed everything. I love my office and my iMac, but to be able to go out and write in a café, or simply in another room in our home, really did help with the inspiration. The cute XQISIT Bluetooth speaker that he purchased too was also a brilliant idea and made listening to my favourite foreign radio stations on my phone a lot more fun! Many loving thanks to Sexy Hubby for these awesome gifts and his constant support.
While I am waiting to hear back from London, I am taking March “off”. I am looking forward to catching up with my blog and a million other things that were just put aside while I was completing Foundation. And in April, after a ten-day break in the South of France, I will be starting with Book Two – Resilience…