I recently started working on the first edit from my publisher, Uncial Press, on my upcoming sequel to Redneck P.I. which (I think) is very aptly called Kickassitude.
During the writing process, I edited it and re-edited it a gazillion times, but this is different. It is now filled with red ink from my editor, Jude. She is a wonderful person and an excellent editor, and I’ve learned more than I could ever have imagined from her.
The good news for me is–she said it was delightful all the way to the end, and there was a lot less red ink than there was in either of my previous books.
I loved writing this book. Twila is such a wonderful character. She appears to be simple, with her devil may care attitude, but is actually very complex. The more I write about her, the more I learn about her deepest fears and desires.
When I got to the soppy part, I cried, again. I always figure if I can make myself cry, with something I have read so many times, then I’ve done my job as a romance writer.
But… I decided I didn’t like the ending. So, I set about changing it, and I am really jazzed at the way it turned out. I am what is referred to as a “pantser”. I write by the seat of my pants rather than sitting down and planning the story before actually writing it. The new ending just flowed beautifully out of my head. It was all there.
I can’t publish it here–there’s such a huge surprise in it I could never give it away. It even surprised me!! I know my readers will enjoy it.
Here’s a little excerpt about the dog who adopts Twila: