I finished my mystery manuscript and I feel like celebrating. I read through from page 1 to 305. I read all 12 chapters and I thought I did a great job. Now mind you, I didn't set out to write a good mystery; my plan was to write a great mystery. Since this is my first attempt, you might ask, well how can you be so confident? I'll tell you how. I didn't do this project alone. I had all my soul sistas helping me. They encouraged me and read drafts and gave me feedback. Some of my writer friends recommended books to read to become a master writer. I read those books and some more. I know those taught me what I didn't know. How to write a great mystery.
So my son says I'm a bragger. I am; however, Sherman Alexie once told me, well not me, a room full of people at a reading, but he said, a writer has to be arrogant. You have to believe that what you have to say is worth writing and reading. So, I'm arrogant. I have a story that only I can tell. I wrote a book I would want to read. If it doesn't fit your comfort level, I'm cool with that. It can't be all that to everyone, but if you like my poetry, you'll dig my mystery. My characters are like me, off beat, colorful, funny, dark, flawed, and secretive.
I hope my manuscript is published someday, but hey, I can say I finished it and that's the hardest part.
The Colorado Sisters and the Atlanta Butcher coming soon to a bookstore near you.
To be followed by the sequel The Colorado Sisters and the Montana Murder.
A girl's gotta think positive, que no?