Wednesday, July 27, 2011


Getting down to the nitty-gritty.

The deadline's looming. Book #2 is due in 5 weeks and after three drafts, I'm in the polishing mode. Readers have been recruited and the comments are in. Changes have been made, where necessary; suggestions incorporated, as needed. This is all fun stuff, by the way.

It's time for the nitty-gritty.

With the Ashton Corners Book Club mysteries, each chapter begins with a quote from another novel. And that's quite a task, believe me. Books need to be read for the appropriate words of wisdom -- ones that blend with the ensuing chapter. And, there are so many books to choose from! A task but also, a pleasure.

And once that's complete, I'll need to add a book list reflecting each of the book club members' reading taste. Again, so many books to choose from. Again, a pleasure.

So, writers may moan about deadlines -- well, this writer, anyway -- and mental blocks, stagnant periods and lack of ideas...but way down deep, it's all a treat!

I'm still searching for quotes. Care to share any?

Linda Wiken/Erika Chase
A Killer Read, coming April, 2012
from Berkley Prime Crime

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