I just published a new novella!!! Surprised? Me too. Here's how this came about...
Several years ago, I began writing the story that eventually became THE NOVELIST. I had never planned to publish it. This was just one of those stories I wrote for my own entertainment. I was working out a few frustrations surrounding writers, writing, and the publishing industry, and this story came pouring out.
At some point I put the manuscript aside. Maybe for about a year or so? I honestly can't remember how long the story sat there, incomplete. I can't remember what made me pick it up again and finish it either, but once it was finished, it sat again. This time, it sat unpublished for roughly two years. I was glad it was complete, but still didn't seriously consider publishing it.
Well, a few weeks ago, I got to thinking about all my unfinished projects. I decided to once-and-for-all decide what to do with each project. Some "projects" were just a page or two of drivel, so I archived these. There were a couple of projects that were significantly longer, so the decision to archive those was a little more difficult. The great purge still left me with nine works-in-progress. Yes, nine!
One of these projects in my WIP folder is THE COVEN, which is the sequel to THE SEANCE. It's actually complete, but I'm not happy with it. At some point soon it WILL be edited (or completely overhauled) and then published. But not yet.
Another unfinished project is NIGHTBOUND which is book four in the Spellbringers series. It's more than halfway through, but my doubts about the path its taken has forced me to put it on hold yet again. I'm sorry to say I have no idea when this will be completed, but it will eventually.
That left me with six other projects that are in very early stages. And then there was THE NOVELIST. When I got around to looking at THE NOVELIST, I realized that not only was it complete, but it wasn't half bad. Actually, it was pretty good! I ended up making changes to the beginning and then some additional changes to a couple of other sections based on feedback from a helpful beta reader.
After edits, it was ready. Like, ready to publish! It came about so fast, I was pretty surprised. For a minute, I considered shopping it around to agents, because I'm that confident in the writing and in the story, but novellas are a tough sell. So, here we are! It's published and ready for your reading enjoyment.
What is THE NOVELIST about, you ask? Well, here's a summary...
No one ever said being married to a writer was easy…
Jacque has always struggled to get his business ideas off the ground. From photography to catering to publishing, his poorly-planned endeavors have put a serious strain on his finances—and his marriage. Despite his difficulties turning his passions into a paycheck, Jacque has always considered himself to be an intellectual, an artist, and above all, a writer.
Ever-reliable Cindy is always there to pick up the pieces when Jacque’s ventures go awry, but it’s getting harder and harder to keep things afloat. She wants nothing more than for her husband to find his way in the world, and she believes writing is his true path in life—until she reads his novel.
Every marriage has its problems, but when a shocking betrayal leads to vengeance, will their marriage survive?
If this sounds like something you'd like to read, you can grab a copy on Kindle or Kobo. Other ebook retailers will soon have it available, and it will eventually be offered in paperback format as well.