One thing I have noticed about the writing process is that characters, like Cooper for instance, have a life of their own. And once the writer has given birth to them, he/she doesn't have much control over them.
I never pictured Cooper focusing on missing persons in his work as a private detective when I conceived of him. But the disappearance of his son led to his obsession with finding missing persons. No control over that.
I'm finding out that's the case with the evolution of a story as well. I have a general idea about where the story is going, but it's a developing process. Someone might get killed that I hadn't planned on. Too bad for him or her. But that's how life is anyway, isn't it.
I asked Tim Dorsey, who writes about nefarious and colorful characters who populate Florida--and there are a lot of them--about his writing process. He said he writes from an outline of sorts, but that he leaves the story open as well. I think that makes it more interesting for the writer and the reader. And after all, our own lives are in the making as well, aren't they.
Those are my thoughts for tonight as I continue writing my second novel, Blood Moon. Cooper and his friends, including a mob hit-man, a Russian strongman and gator trapping, Florida cowboy, are in pursuit of dealers in body parts. A gruesome business for sure. Someone's going to get killed.
In the meantime look for an installment of Cooper's Moon. My web page designer, Ryan, will be posting it as separate page on this site. It's the Prologue to Cooper's Moon. Hope you like it. Let me know what you think.
I'll look forward to hearing your thoughts!
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Blood Moon Rising, Cooper's second in his trilogy, is now out andready for purchase on Amazon or B&N and other bookstores. Says one critic, Tris Coburn, "Coop's a cross between DeMille's Mac McCormack and Connelly's Bosch.
It's even better than the first ~ Cooper gets closer and closer to solving the mystery of his son's disappearance.
One review from Jack Driscoll, award winning author of Lucky Man, Lucky Woman says:
"The novel is so richly cinematic that I read it while simultaneously imagining each of the chapters and scenes playing out on the silver screen... the suspense high-tension from beginning to end."
"Lovers of the genre will find much to keep them engrossed. The author successfully raises tension with gripping descriptions and emotional dialogue,"
I'M THRILLED THAT I JUST RECEIVED THE FINALIST AWARD FOR MY SECOND BOOK, BLOOD MOON RISING.
THE ROYAL PALM LITERARY AWARD IS GIVEN OUT SPARINGLY AND I'M ONE OF THE LUCKY (AND HARD WORKING!) AUTHORS TO BE PROVIDED THIS HONOR.
I FIND THAT THE MORE I WRITE, THE BETTER AND BETTER I GET TO KNOW MY CHARACTERS. I SLEEP WITH THEM.
COOPER IS IN THE BACK SEAT OF MY CAR, DIRECTING ME HERE AND THERE, WITH A WATCHFUL EYE.
RICHIE IS WATCHING MY BACK WHENEVER I NEED HIS HELP.
HUCKSTER CROWE IS RIDING SHOTGUN AS HE MAKES OUR WAY THROUGH THE DEEPEST PART OF THE EVERGLADES
COME MEET MY WACKO CHARACTERS AND SEE WHO YOU LIKE BEST.