My highly anticipated next rock star book, Bullet, is going to include a foreword. I’ve never done that before, but there’s a reason for it. I wanted to share a little history of the book with my readers. But I’m going to share part of it here and now as well.
When I was eighteen, I wrote most of my first novel. I didn’t quite finish it, because I was writing it in the summer between the spring and fall semesters of my freshman and sophomore years in college, and school started before I reached the end. But when I went back to school, one night in September, four of my girlfriends and roommates wanted to read it. So we popped some popcorn and laid on my bed and the floor of my room while I read to them my almost-finished first (kind of) romance book called Bottom of My Heart. Yes, it had some clichés and some juvenile writing, and I didn’t finish writing the last two chapters until six years later, but I had my girlfriends giggling and tittering, oohing and ahhing and gasping with delight. The sex scenes were very tame and some of the dialogue was so bad, it was downright embarrassing. But I was a writer. Oh, yes, I was, and I had a small audience who were rooting for the heroine.
That heroine’s name was Valerie, and that book became the basis of what is going to be my hugest rock star book ever, Bullet. My husband had teased me about all the “trunk books” I had–partially written books and some completed books that I never thought were good enough to share. Bottom of My Heart was definitely one of them, because I knew the plot. There was no way it would ever work today.
All it takes is a spark. I kept thinking about that old book. I pulled it out of the trunk (yes, I really keep all my old writing in a trunk!) but I still didn’t read it. Not yet. But I kept thinking about it, and inspiration hit. I knew Bottom of My Heart was more a young girl’s fantasy, but I realized there was a great way I could make it a really good book with just a few plot changes.
And that’s when I started writing Bullet. Bullet, it so happens, is crazy, unbelievable. I knew it was going to be one of my longer books, and when I first started writing it, I even said on Facebook that I thought it would wind up being between 90 and 100,000 words…definitely one of my longer books. Well, I bypassed that amount sometime in January, and it keeps growing. I know what publishers say–more than 90 and you’ll lose your audience. But I call bullsh*t. This story is epic, and it deserves to be told in a big way.
The good news? This long journey is almost at a close. I don’t think I’ve ever wanted to share one of my books more with my fans than this one. Most of the characters in my books do some growing up, but we get to see Valerie begin life as a college freshman and end up…well, much further down the road. I don’t want to say much because I don’t want to give too much away. But we see Valerie mature from naïve youngster to a woman who discovers her sexuality and finds love in the end. And, because this is an epic book, following her story for several years, it’s not a typical romance. We see Valerie in some serious relationships, and the question ultimately is who does she end up with? Is he the right guy? I can’t wait to find out what you think, but more than that, I hope you love the journey as much as I have.
Rock and roll forever!!! \m/