Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Writer of the Year
I'm happy to announce our new WOY is Colorado author Pam Nowak, author of two western historical romances, Choices and Chances.
Pam is also the head honcho for this year's Colorado Gold Conference, so she's one busy lady.
What I'm Reading
I just finished Lee Child's Gone Tomorrow and have cracked open a YA novel recommended by writer and blogger friend Kay Theodoratus, Bad Girls don't die by Katie Alender.
What I'm Working On
I printed out the most recent draft of Wishing Caswell Dead after moving that prologue-like first chapter back to the end of the book where it belongs. I renumbered the chapters and did a tiny bit of reformatting first, so I have a reasonably clean draft to work on.
Revising a novel is not an event, it's a process. I've already been through this novel a dozen times, and this will be #6 in my files as a complete new draft. I do some work from the file, reading the mauscript on my screen. Other drafts are worked from the printed copy, which allows me to cut and paste without losing track of where I am. I like the option of spreading pages out on the floor, inserting handwritten pages here and there with added scenes, or writing notes to myself in the margins. Eventually I'll take all those notes and pages back to the computer and make my changes to the saved draft. The next pass is done online, and then I read the whole thing again, this time reading aloud.
This is the first time I've been excited about either of my works in progress for months.
I now have a guest blogger every Thursday. I'm aiming for an eclectic mix of writers with books ranging from cozy mysteries to nonfiction self-help to books for kids and Young Adult readers. I'm happy to host those on a blog book tour if this blog is a good fit for your book's audience. I have plenty of openings starting on October 21st. If you're interested in being a guest here, click on my link to "View my complete profile" and use the email contact listed there. I'll give you more information at that time.
My guest this Thursday is Elizabeth Maxim, author of the soon-to-be available Riding the Waves, a book about the effects of electromagnetic field sensitivity and its effect on our bodies and our lives. If you spend a lot of time in rooms with computers, radios, televisions, etc., you might want to learn more about this topic.
Did I mention I am now the proud owner of a summons for jury duty? I start calling in on August 17th to see if I need to report on the 18th. I haven't actually had to serve on a case since I lived in Indiana, sometime before 1985. I've had jury duty notices since then, but either the cases were settled out of court or one of the lawyers didn't like my answers to the voir dire and let me go.
I think I would make an excellent juror, but it appears the lawyers often don't feel that way. First, I was a witness in a federal case back in the late 80s and had to testify in both civil and criminal cases. Maybe attorneys think it's better for the accused and for the lawyers if the jurors don't have that much experience with the system.
Second, I write mysteries about murder. Even though I don't write police procedurals, I read a lot of them, and I also read non-fiction resources on topics of interest using such books as Lee Lofland's Police Procedure & Investigation as well as Murder and Mayhem by D. P. Lyle, M.D. I suspect the attorneys assume I have a skewed idea of how things work in real life.
Worst of all, I read the newspaper every morning, focusing on local and area news. Whatever case is being tried, I most likely will have read all about it. It's pretty hard not to have at least a vague feeling about a defendant's guilt or innocence.
So stay tuned. If I get even as far as the questioning process, it will be interesting to hear those questions and see if I'm dismissed from the jury pool.