The first published book, The Girl with Two Names, was intended to fit with several genres rather than a single one. It would have been easier and perhaps wiser to write a single genre book, but no, I never seem to be able to do things the easy way. To my mind it is a noir thriller, heavier on psychology than on suspense, but I trust it does have some of the later.
I would make one comment about the genre label Goodreads has included it under. Speaking as the author, I am quite amazed to see this book listed on that site under the category of abuse, as if it is a sociological work. This is no postmodern treatise. Abuse is a part of the story: abuse within the institution of marriage and from the point of view of an employee working under an oppressive soul sucking contract. But I don't regard abuse as the genre the book falls under. Anyway, my rant is over and I'm feeling better now.
I wrote it as a psychological thriller. The main protagonist is suffering psychosis and tends to be self-centred and that condition doesn't help her. Here the aphorism holds true, 'be careful of what you wish for' (thank you, author Carole P. Roman).
See what you think. I have rewritten the book. Yes, it was published a little too early. I have learned since those early days that you never, never publish a book too early – oh hell, have I ever learned. Well, I won't make that mistake again. It is now approximating what I consider is a cracking good yarn. I hope you enjoy the read.
2017 begins with a giveaway of 2 print copies of The Girl With Two Names. The giveaway actually begins on the 11th of January. I know. It is a little early to be talking about it, but we are less than a week away, and, hey, I just wanted to let you know early because you visited my website. Thank you for doing that.
Those who visit my Facebook Page will also have noticed this event. The Giveaway is held on Goodreads so if you are not signed up to the site, no problem, you still have time.
This is a re-written and re-edited copy of The Girl With Two Names. I know the book initially had a few editing issues and the reviewers justifiably skewered me for doing that. I was learning. I thought I could get away with doing the editing myself. I thought a reader of indie books would be looking for a good story rather than a few typos. I know, I was naive. Really naive. I have learned from that time and aim to improve my work with each book. I aim to please you the reader.
I hope you will take part in my giveaway. There will be another in a couple of weeks. Jubilee Year: Book One of the Erelong Trilogy will also be featured in a giveaway of two print copies. This is also a rewritten and re-edited copy. In the case of Jubilee Year, the rewrite was particularly necessary because Book Two will be out soon (this time I mean it, I do). I needed to add to the story in Jubilee Year to ease smoothly into the plot in the second book.
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Okay. This looks silly. I don't know how to get rid of this post. It doesn't contain anything at all. I advise jumping to the next post. Sorry about that. A big ooooops.
Happy New Year! Akemashite Omedetou! Sehe Bokmanee Bateuseyo! Sun nien fai lok! Selamat Tahun Baru! Manigong Bagong Taon! Feliz año nuevo! Buon Anno! And forgive me for missing quite a few more.
I have made some changes, tidied up a little, and generally reorganized the house. Hope it is an improvement. Nothing major. Another book soon. Not quite as soon as I hoped. It is a couple of chapters away from a final draft.
I have to say, a trilogy is much more complicated than I thought when I made the decision to write three books in a series rather than just one. After all what is the difference between writing three stand alone novels and a trilogy, I thought. Ha ha. Well, I can now say after many rewrites of book two and a rewrite of book one that we are talking about the difference between three Mercuries in the case of the stand alones, and three Nibirus when thinking about the trilogy. I mean there is just no comparison. It is the Moon compared to the Sun. And really, the Moon is supposed to be quite large.
A trilogy needs an over arching plot, even if only a strand among several. Readers want continuity, and they don't like to see characters they have followed in the first book disappear without a trace or explanation of a kind in book 2 and 3. Or for that matter, characters that apparently have split personalities. They want plot development and world building that doesn't implode with the inconsistencies of a story that is planned on the fly. I didn't want to be lost by the time it came to winding up book 2 and plunging into book 3, and left with the choice of winging it or stopping at the second book. What kind of trilogy has 2 books? So, here I am with book 2 almost completed, and book 3 already on the way to a first draft.
2016 was a heck of a year, wasn't it? Looking forward to 2017.
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