Last night, I finished the first draft of my novel, A Hidden Fire. While I finished the first draft of my novella, Tracing Shadows, earlier this spring, this is the first full length novel I have completed, and I have to say—I’m pretty thrilled.
The process of writing this book started last fall with an idea, which grew into a character, which grew into a world that sucked me in. I plotted and sketched. Researched and researched some more. I outlined, time-lined, and pulled my hair. I started with one book plotted, which quickly grew into a four story arc.
And then I started writing. And then I wrote and wrote and wrote some more. My husband will tell you, I wasn’t always a very fun person to be around, especially at 7am after only a few hours of sleep.
And now it’s finished. Kind of.
It still has a long way to go before it’s a book and not a draft, but I wanted to post the rough prologue for my readers to check out. I also want to give a lot of credit to some friends who have been my biggest cheerleaders through the process of writing. (K & K, you know who you are.) Many writers will tell you it can be a very solitary process, writing a book, and their feedback and support has been vital.
So I have posted the prologue here. Please keep in mind, it is just a rough draft, but I wanted to give you a peek at the characters I’ve been living with for months now. Check them out. I hope you’re as intrigued as I was.
And yes, celebratory absinthe was consumed.
Thanks for reading,