There are many times, when I’m looking for a great idea for a book, that I will be reading up on the subject I think I want to write about and the research throws up something I had not even considered before. This was especially true of Tontine, my book due out this fall. I began with the idea of a group of men creating something in jest, that later on, becomes no joke. But along the way it sent me into researching something that has already cemented the idea for the follow up diamondanddoranmysteries book to Tontine. It’s something to bear in mind when you’ve finished reading Tontine and wonder, what the heck?
It’s a risk I wanted to take, to make Tontine a fabulous adventure in itself that opens the doorway to another fantastic mystery in the next book. I’m hoping you will enjoy the anticipation of both books as much as I enjoy creating that anticipation for you with this tease. :)
Like all jobs, writing does come with its less fun aspects. Obviously sitting alone tapping away on a keyboard all day is not the way most of us love to spend time, but for me, as with most writers, it’s like spending the day with your other family. At times it’s hard to tear myself away. Sometimes my fictional family frustrates me as much as if they were real flesh and blood instead of wispy phantasms I’ve been living with for so long.
Once their lives have been committed to paper, and I have begun to think I’ve done them all justice, the shoe drops and I have to reread what I’ve written. That’s when the happy music stops and the dirge begins. The plot holes, the cardboard characters, the totally confusing and unnecessary scene with the monkey and the bicycle, and, oh my, so many things to fix from the first draft to ensure the story works. Yes, it’s graft, but it’s the most joyful, compelling and fun work you can do.