I received author copies of my debut novel, Mirror Blue, the other day, and what a wonderful feeling it was to hold my book in my hands for the first time! It was a rush, seeing in print all those chapters I had edited, revised, and tweaked for so long, when for years I had seen them, in various forms, only on my computer screen.
Mirror Blue was the second novel I wrote. My first novel is a trunk novel which will stay forever in the trunk. I wrote the first version of Mirror Blue in 2004. And though I shelved it for a time to work on other projects, Mirror Blue kept its hooks in me. Its characters -- Aphra and Isaac -- and their story didn't want to let go. It insisted I come back, again and again.
I've revised Mirror Blue three times since 2004 to make it the novel it is today. As a novelist, I continue to learn how time spent away from a story never fails to enhance my perspective on how to hone it and make it stronger. My current novel-in-progress, Patchwork Stained Glass, is actually a rewrite of a novel I wrote first in 2006. And sure enough, time has lent its wisdom to me, and the story will be all the better for it.
If there's one quality which is essential for the novelist's path, it's patience.
Causes Thomma Grindstaff Supports
American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Alley Cat Alleys, Shambala Preserve