I’ve been busy writing away as the storyline has turned in some interesting directions, and haven’t updated the blog in a number of days. This happened on the last book as well, and as disruptive as it can be, I’ve come to expect and enjoy it. I’m moving along fine, but one piece of action… well, it meshes with everything else, but I think it could be MORE. I’m just not satisfied. So I think, and rethink, then think, hey, what if instead, the other character, the one originally meant to help this character after things go bad, ends up in trouble instead. (Insert evil laugher here.) That would be BAD, which in my writing, is good. Okay, just how bad could I make it? (Maniacal giggles.) What’s the worst possible thing that could happen? Perfect! Flipped around, this scene reveals key things in a new light. It works even better. It ups the action, and the stakes. But it also means I’ll have to scrap some things I’ve already written, some I really liked, that no longer fit. But I’ve learned to let go of what doesn’t add to the story or move it forward.
“A mystery in the John D. MacDonald tradition – both in its largely watery setting and tone, the novel also brings to mind Dashiell Hammett in the complexity of its plot, and even Stieg Larsson in its use of a strong young woman with an attitude as a main character. Last Exit In New Jersey is well-paced, densely-plotted story that mystery-thriller fans will enjoy immensely.”
~ Alex Austin, author of The Red Album of Asbury Park Remixed
Write On The Water