As an author, there is no greater feeling than when you are able to release your latest novel. Brooklyn Bounce is the third book in the Alex Taylor series and is the 7th full length novel overall.
It is hard to explain to folks just how emotional it can be. A book starts with a simple idea and then the real work begins. Long before you ever type the first word in a manuscript there are hours of playing: 'What if?'
'What if my character does this?'
'What if there is an accident?'
'What if someone saw?'
Sometimes the answers come quickly, other times they drag on or, even worse, lead to additional questions. It is a long, an often tedious, process of creating an outline and ensuring that everything within that world remains plausible.
Once you have finished that part of the writing process, then you get to actually write, but even that is not a guarantee. For me the writing process generally involves listening to the voices in my head and then recording what they say. Sometimes they are Chatty-Cathy's and other times it's crickets. What I have found is that you have to learn to just roll with it.
By the time you actually put the final period in place it is a mix of joy and melancholy; like the lead-up to Christmas morning, where you get to bask in the joy, only to realize that it will soon be over for another year.
In a way I guess it is only fitting that this book come out right before Christmas. It is the culmination of many months of hard work and I hope that you will enjoy and appreciate it. Normally, I would take off for a bit to re-charge the creative batteries, but so far the voices are continuing to chat, so, for now, it is off to write the 2nd Cold Case Novella.
Merry Christmas !!