Whoohoo! Put the final period on my manuscript for the new novel, Mangroves and Monsters, last Thursday (June 18, 2009) and sent it off to the publisher. Exciting. Now, I've got my fingers crossed she likes the book as much as I enjoyed writing it.
A spin-off from my debut novel, Hoodoo Money, this second book has Charlie Cooper searching for the "dead" supermodel, Angeline St. Cyr, on the fictitious Caribbean island of Jacqueme Dominique. I'd never written an rainforest adventure so this novel required a lot of research, and I had some great helpers along for the trek: Barrie Kibble, with his sense of craft and knowledge of weaponry (BTW, if you’re looking for an edge-of-your-seat thriller, you won’t miss the mark reading his Chasing the Wind, Dry Rain or Legion); Benjamin Hall, with his knack for catching clichés and his military experience; Jake Steele and Hope Clark for their always keen eyes — and then there was Dorothy.
Dorothy Swanson is a rapacious reader, introduced to me by a friend and fellow writer. I don't think I've met another person with such a fervent appreciation for books and authors. She is why writers sit in front of computer screens until their heads ache and eyes blur.
Devouring every chapter, Dorothy followed the read with a gazillion questions and possible scenarios. What a treat for me to see how a reader saw my story as it unfolded. The facts she questioned, the scenes she didn’t quite buy, the simple errors she caught . . .
How in the heck did I get so lucky?
Now, onto the next novel. I’m tentatively calling it Sparrow and the Star Man. We’ll see how the plot develops.
You ready, Dorothy?
BTW, to read an excerpt from Hoodoo Money in book form, visit me at fReado:
With great affection for readers everywhere . . . Sharon