I received a lot of great feedback for my first installment, so I will continue to write FAQ posts. A big thanks to my readers!
1. Are you working on Part II of the Rage to Redemption Trilogy?
A big YES. The title of my second novel is Resolve. I have approximately 120 pages left to go before I finish the rough draft. I had about 40 pages written prior to the release of Rage, so I’ve written 120 pages since March . . . which I believe is pretty impressive for someone who has a day job, and volunteers at church with our youth group. If I don’t say so myself ;). If you recall from the last post, it took me about 2 years to finish and edit Rage. I am doing the same amount of work in less time . . . Lord, please help me!
2. Why does it take so long to write a book?
Ah, I love this question. The writing process is different than most other things that we do, especially for fiction. All writers love when they reach the point in their story when the characters come to life – that helps the process move a bit smoother. I digress. It can be smoother, but it can also be difficult. You start off writing a scene the way you brainstormed it an hour ago, but then the characters start doing their own thing. You have to decide whether to let them go with it, or to stop it. It’s a tricky balance to maintain. I usually try to give my characters freedom because then the story (and the characters) are much more authentic.
Also, it’s different than writing a high school, college, graduate degree paper, etc . . . you have less time, but you have a lot of resources to support your arguments. Fiction is well, fiction. I have to make sure that my ideas are supported, but the rest of it is up to me! I’m responsible for character creation, plot development, and tying up the loose ends. I also need to make sure that I’m going to entertain my audiences. My professors didn’t care as much for entertainment, so long as my papers made sense, were well-researched, thought-out, and grammatically correct. With fiction I have to do the same thing; but, if I bore you, then I’m finished . . . end of story. (Pun intended.)
3. What was your longest (or most difficult) paper that you ever had to write?
My longest paper was my thesis for my juris doctorate degree. It was 35 pages, and I had used 30 various sources. It took me 3.5 months, and I also had a huge work load because I had 4 other law classes at the same time. The day before it was due, I spent 8 hours formatting it, and making sure all of my 175 legal citations were correct. It was tedious, and I never wanted to do it again. Thankfully, I received an “A.”
Rage is 470 pages. So, take my legal thesis, and multiply it by what, 12 or 13? Resolve will have about the same length, so I have a bit of a ways to go. Also, I had the idea for Rage for a long time, and it had already gone through a couple of revisions before I decided to turn it into an actual book (in Jan. 2011). Resolve is relatively new, since I decided to write a trilogy 2 years ago. I am working hard on finishing the first draft, and then I can spend the rest of the year editing it. I still plan to release it early next year. It may seem like a long time for those of you who read Rage already; but for me, it’s not long at all! 🙂
Thank you for your patience! I will post updates as I make progress. Also, once I hand off my manuscript to my editor, the work for the third novel shall begin!
4. What are your plans for after the Rage to Redemption Trilogy?
Well, I can’t reveal too much right now. I don’t want to ruin any surprises :). Anyway, I have plans to get more involved in the entertainment industry, and to further develop my ministry. I do have notebooks full of other novel ideas. Ideally, I’d like to release one novel per year. I don’t know if I will write another series or not. It is too soon for me to make that decision – and part of that decision relies on you! For example, if I release a novel that everyone just loves, then that would inspire me to write a sequel.
5. Will you film a book trailer for Resolve?
Another big YES. I am pretty excited for it. I think about it a lot! But, right now I have to stay focused on finishing the book . . .
I am really thankful for everyone who has read my book and shared it with someone else. I wouldn’t be able to pursue my dreams if it weren’t for you. Please continue to do so, and know that a recommendation means the world to me.