May 17 2017

Who likes to Copyedit? Who likes to key in Copyedits? #amwriting #amediting

No one likes to copy edit, well, except those who are copy editors. Personally, I love story editing, which others call developmental editing. I like doing it for other authors and really enjoy when I get them back, ready to make the story better. But the editing after that? Just shoot me.

My process is simple. I write. I rewrite. I print and read. I rewrite. I send to beta readers. I rewrite. I send to a trusted beta editor. I rewrite. Then I send to a copy editor. I get it back, make changes that I agree with, then I print and go through again, where I find other mistakes. I red pen it, then key in the changes. The lovely thing about digital publishing is I can make those changes right up till the last minute (3 days before release day). So, this is what I did today.

Yep. That’s what final edits look like. And it took two days to key in all those changes. This is for DEADLY SEDUCTION which comes out 23 May 2017.

This is what after edits look like…

And tomorrow I will start on a read and rewrite of the first book in THE OMEGA TEAM: The Lighthouse. The first book in the SARICH BROTHERS series. This book comes out 19 June 2017.

As soon as I finish that one…on to finishing up WHEN A STRANGER CALLS while plotting either the first Adirondack book….OR I had an idea on a fireman series.

What do you think I should write?

May 8 2017

Murder, Mayhem, and Love. It’s all in day’s work!

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I love all the books I’ve written and adore all the characters, which is why I like to write series with a large and expanding community so that I can revisit the people I’ve created and catch up on what is happening in their lives. MURDER IN PARADISE BAY is the 4th book in the NY State Trooper Series and Stacey Sutten is one of the strongest female leads from the get go. She’s a very confidant young woman at twenty-five. Raised by a single dad, who had her at 17, she’s developed a very thick skin, a mouth like razor, and tenderness that is untouchable. I love her because her arch isn’t about gaining confidence, or strength, but giving it. Throughout the book, she has to give it to her father, the love of her life, even the people she works with. But her growth as a woman comes from learning how to lean on others and let them into her soul, especially Doug Tanner.

What I love about Doug is he’s humble man. Having been homeless until fifteen when Stacey’s father takes him in, has taught him the value of a kind heart and honest work. What is interesting about Doug is that he is 9 years younger than Stacey’s father, and 9 years older than Stacey. Even more interesting is that at 15 and throughout his young adult life, he’d been Jim’s (Stacey’s father) best friend and eventual business partner. Jim helped Doug go to college and become an architect. Jim felt strongly that he couldn’t bring a woman into their lives. He wanted to be a dedicated father and he focused all his attention on Stacey and his growing business…then Doug.

But as Stacey grew up, graduated from college, and became a State Trooper, a shift in relationships occur and while Doug will always be Jim’s business partner, its obvious to everyone that Doug and Stacey are destine to be together…even her father.

So, I came up with Doug, Stacey, and her father, Jim back in 2005. Really, not kidding. I wrote their story (though Stacey was a dance teacher, NOT), but the background was the same and Doug was accused of killing his late wife. But I knew the book/story wasn’t right, but these three characters wouldn’t leave me alone! So when I needed to introduce my next State Trooper in DEADLY SECRETS, all of a sudden, Stacey waltzed into the station house and blew my mind.

I love how writing works.

The story flew from my brain to my fingers, partly because I’ve lived with this people for like EVER!

Stacey will always hold a special place in my heart. She’s the only female trooper in the series and she’s one kick ass female!  And Doug? Oy. All my hero’s have man crushes on him.

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Happy reading!