Books don’t write themselves. Someone has to sit down at a computer or with a pad of paper and a pen and start with a “what if.”
From there, it’s like a movie that begins to roll from frame to frame introducing you to characters who you seem to know better than your own family. They’re experiencing all types of things you can’t possibly do in your lifetime. They are getting in all kinds of trouble and you, like any parent, have to stop yourself from protecting them.
Endless nights, weekends, while you’re stopped at a stoplight or even in the shower they start talking to you. Telling you this is how they moved from this scene to the next. If you’re lucky you get to eat, to see what day it is or maybe catch an episode of your favorite TV show. It’s all worth it. Because in the end, after the manuscript is accepted, edited and edited again, you get to hold that book in your hand and share it with the world.
Deadly Reservations (ArcheBooks, June 3, 2013).
It’s a book!