Eighteen months ago I had an idea while I was floating in the pool staring at the Arizona sky. Ideas are like that. They often come when you do not have a pen or pencil or stylus or notepad. Fortunately, this was not a fleeting idea, but grew steadily larger and wider and I found myself thinking the story while I stirred spaghetti sauce or drove to work. When an idea refuses to go away, it means I have to start another novel. The characters began to speak to each other and to me, and then exciting things blossom into scenes involving biplanes and horses and trains and long knives and bottles of whiskey–the words and images flew around inside my mind and insisted they become a story on paper.
So I began another book. Here it is. If you had told me it would be a year and a half before the idea became a real physical item, I might have been discouraged that it would take so long to become “real”. Instead, I enjoyed every moment of the creation from the blank page to the cover design to the formatting headaches. It was always a “work in progress” …and now the progress has ended! It is a strange feeling. I have been living the characters so long they are as real to me as anyone I know. Surely they are not dead now that the book is done!
Then yesterday I had another idea.
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Happy New Year!