On July 26, 2012, I was 30,000 words into my new historical novel set in ancient Rome, India, Palestine and Greece when I woke up in the middle of the night with a wild idea running through my head. The next morning, I started the new manuscript and juggled the two. I’d work one from 0400 to 0600 and work the historical from 1100 to 1500. A week ago, I shifted gears and have devoted my entire day to the new one. At last, I can identify with Stephen King: I turned out 2,000+ words a day every day this week. One hour ago, I wrote “The End” on the first draft. I just fired off an email to my editor asking him “What do you think?” I’ll let you know what he says.
This is the shortest time it’s taken me to complete a manuscript, but keep in mind it is less than 20,000 words compared to The Hamsa’s 135,000 words. It will be a ‘quick read’ but a hopefully thought-provoking one. The story is a quirky one about five brothers ages 5 to 17 abandoned by their parents after the birth of the youngest brother. The story takes place in less than 24 hours.
I’m committed to having this done by Christmas 2012.