Yesterday was the digital release of my second novel, Julianne. I have been writing most of my life. I was the kid in school who didn’t cringe when a term paper was assigned; I relished the idea and delved into my research. However, when it came to my personal stories, I had a problem with actually finishing them. Julianne was one of those stories. I started it in 2003, got about halfway through and then life got in the way. I let it drop by the wayside. Six years later I picked it back up, determined to actually complete one novel. The day I wrote the last sentence was one of the proudest moments of my life. I had finally completed a full novel. I then promptly put it away and moved on to another story.
When I managed to complete and publish Summer Storms in two years, I decided to go back to Julianne and see if there was actually anything there worth working on to publish. I was appalled to see how much repetition there was in the story and began stripping it down to its bare bones in order to build it back up. It was an interesting experience to see how much I personally have changed since I first wrote Julianne. I looked at the whole story with new eyes and even questioned if I needed to change the main characters to make them more appealing. Then I realized the things that made them appealing to me in the beginning was they were reflective of where I was in my life at that time, and maybe there are other people who are in that same place now. Will they relate with Julianne, Oliver, Cameron, Michael, or Gavin? Maybe their original flaws were more of a ministry to my future readers than anything I could create now.
One of my favorite things about writing this book though, was all the food. My next couple of posts will share recipes and snippets from the book. If you are a member of Amazon Prime you can borrow Julianne over the next 3 months. Stay tuned for more details.