The idea for Phage, the first novel in the Sam Townsend trilogy, was conceived some years ago. Looking back now, as I was putting words on paper, I had no idea where it would lead, what would be unearthed, nor who would join me on the journey.
Debbie, my soul mate, was there from the start, listening and urging me on—my ideal reader. Our daughters, Erin and Courtney, wondered what their dad was up to; I hope they like the final product.
I had written about two hundred pages when I attended a meeting of the Florida Writers Association at a Barnes & Noble in Tampa. That’s where I had the good fortune to meet William Sudah of Expert Subjects and soon thereafter, their Senior Editor, Jennifer Grace (http://jennygrace-editorial.com). That’s when my journey took a sharp ninety-degree turn.
I sent Jenny the first fifty pages of the manuscript. When I read her edits and critique, everything clicked. I can’t say enough about her talent as a writing coach and editor. Yet that statement doesn’t capture the essence of what she does so well. Jennifer identifies and supports what you do well, and then develops other skills to get you to the end of your story. At this moment, I wish 10,000 miles didn’t separate Tasmania and Saratoga Springs. Thanks Jenny!
If you’re writing your first novel, I’m interested in knowing how others have helped you on your journey, and how you’ve balanced writing with your day job.
All the best,