The rough draft for the story has been complete for over 2 years, but I never finished the rewrites due to the continued work on FTP. Everytime I thought FTP was complete, I found a reason to do another rewrite--more story enhancements and fine tuning. I yo-yo'd from FTP back to my suspense story for years. I should note that there was more than one time that I considered scrapping FTP.
Much of the back-and-forth was due to my working with a New York agent who liked the story but asked me to "punch it up", especially in the scenes where there were female emotions envolved. So, I hired a female reader and we spent 7 months, meeting at least 3 times per week. She read the manuscript, stopping when necessary to give me a female perspective on the emotional reactions of the female characters. I must say: I would have never understood without her help. I took notes as I read along with another copy of the manuscript. Every line, every scene, every chapter was "punched up", with special emphasis on the female characters.
I then spent a month rewriting the story and presented it to my agent. The agent told me that the story still needed to be "punched up" more. I was willing, but the agent decided to bail on me (later I learned that this agent was ready to hang it up). The entire process took almost a year. However, I will have to say, without that last rewrite, the story would not have turned out as it did. I chalked it up as a year well spent.
I returned to my suspense story--now titled "Flight into Darkness": the second book of the newly created Flight Trilogy.
In this post I wanted to share a part of the process for developing story #2. Two key locations that have consumed my research efforts are the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, and Istanbul, Turkey. I won't go into detail about these locations as I don't want to give any spoilers for the novel.
A large picture of the Golden Gate Bridge hangs in my office as a type of motivation for the story. One glance at the picture has a way of helping me focus.
|The Pierre Loti Cafe overlooking the Golden Horn River where Samael has a meeting.|