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!

TheCrossingLivesTrilogyBookOneFoundationComplete_1The lovely notebook I received from a friend. I use it for book ideas and character development.

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.

MacBook Air and XQUISIT Bluetooth speakerMy MacBook Air and XQUISIT Bluetooth speaker

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.

The Crossing Lives Trilogy - Book One - Foundation - Final WordcountThe final word count

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


32 thoughts on “The Crossing Lives Trilogy |
Book One – Foundation |

  1. Wow, you’ve made so much progress in the last few months! Well done! Bet it’s a really satisfying feeling to have come so far and got the first book written. Hope it goes well with the agent! Thanks for linking to #whatimwriting, it’s great to catch up with you! Xx

    1. Thank you, Maddy. 🙂
      I decided I had be working on this book for long enough and that it was time to finally complete it. Writing “End of Book One” was a wonderful feeling indeed!
      Thanks also for the good wishes about the agent. xx

  2. Whoo hoo! You did it! You must be feeling very relieved and excited at the same time.
    Fingers crossed the agent is pleased with the whole manuscript. Enjoy the rest of March xxx

    1. Whoo hoo indeed! And your pretty much described my feelings… 😉
      Thanks for the crossed fingers. xx

  3. Fantastic progress. I would love to be able to pop out and write in a cafe or simply have a change of scenery but right now that just isn’t possible. I’m hoping that when my son starts school in September, I will have more opportunities to try this out. Enjoy your earned time out.

    1. Thank you, Iona. 🙂
      I do hope you will get the opportunity to try writing somewhere else. I was not sure I would be able to concentrate in a café, but it worked out very well. xx

  4. Ooooh this was really exciting to read! Well done! And how fabulous that you’ve had a request for the full! Really looking forward to hearing how you get on and enjoy your restful March, you deserve it x

  5. I’m so impressed at how much you’ve done in such a short space of time. I am also re-writing a novel and it’s not easy. Good luck with the agent.

    1. Thank you, Nicola. 🙂
      It is not easy indeed to discard so much work and start again but for me, it was so the right decision. I felt liberated and was soon on a roll.
      Good luck with your re-write! xx

  6. Congratulations! Exciting times 🙂 I find I write best tied to my iMac (novels anyway), but I definitely like the flexibility of my iPad for blogging and everything else I entails. Enjoy your month off! I’m very much looking forward to getting my latest draft to my agent in the next couple of weeks so I can have a bit of a break too… X

    1. Thank you, Sophie. 🙂
      Funny it is the other way round for you! I only blog on my iMac – unless travelling – but definitely enjoyed finishing my novel on the MacBook.
      Good luck with your draft and enjoy your break too! xx

  7. it sounds like you’ve made great progress! I’m just like you, I have an iMac and a MacBook Air – each has its benefits and I love the portability of the MacBook. I hope you hear wonderful things back from London. Xx

  8. Wow, that’s great progress and good luck with the agent! A MacBook Air transformed my writing. It meant I could write on my lap, out and about and wherever I want. It’s so light to carry it about and I’ve always preferred Mac to Windows. Not cheap but it certainly gets well used : )

    1. Thank you, Emily. 🙂
      I am a Mac fan too and the new MacBook Air has had hours and hours of service already… 😉 xx

  9. That’s GREAT ! I’m glad you’re finished and you are ready to reach your target !

    And, yes, MacBook Air is a a wonder ! 😀

    1. Nice to be missed! 😉
      I really had to concentrate on the book only to get it finished, but it is lovely to be back and to catch up with everybody.
      Thank you so much and I am counting on these goosebumps… 😉 xx

    1. Thank you, Chrissie. 🙂
      It took a while for me to decide on the re-write but it so was the right decision.
      Still waiting… Time to get in touch, I think. 😉 xx

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