As I wait to learn the fate of In the Shadow of Blackbirds, I've been trying to figure out what my next writing project should be. I call this "The First Chapter Stage." Ideas float around in my head, characters start to come alive, first chapters spill out of me, but the urge to move beyond the opening pages often fizzles. It takes me a while before I fall in love with a new story after I leave a beloved manuscript behind.
Well... I'm thrilled to announce that passion has finally struck. I started a new book last week and just reached the third chapter and 3,450 words. My characters are growing and deepening in my mind, the plot is almost fully formed, and, most importantly, I can't stop thinking about it!!
I won't divulge too many details at this point. Let's just say I've been wanting to write a contemporary fairy tale for a long, long while, and I've finally found my story. Inspired by the woods near my house, I've come up with a young adult bedtime story I can't wait to share.
More info to follow... If you need me, I'll be writing.