Monday, February 27
My favorite manuscript...and about D'Ann...
That's our topic this week. Coming off a long and busy weekend, I've been thinking about it...and thinking...give me a minute. I'll be there.
But first, a shout-out to my friend and CP D'Ann, who just signed a new contract. I am sooooo pumped for her, but I'm not giving you the deets. She gets to do that, so stay tuned!
Okay. Manuscripts. Favorite manuscripts. Lessee...eeny, meeny, miny...no, not that one. Geeze, it's like having a favorite child. Not happening. Except...
One More Summer, my book that's out now, is probably the one that's closest to my heart. It took hardly any time to write but a long time to sell and I'm proud of it. I can't even give you a reason I feel that way, but I did from the moment I first typed Chapter One.
Conversely--or is it perversely? I'm not good with those--the one I feel the least emotional about is one that sold comparatively easily (if the comparison has to do with a bridge in the desert). It did well and got mostly good reviews, but I'm more removed from it than the others.
My friend Judith Palmer has a lyrical voice and I love her stories and her Hoosier people who are ones I've known all my life. I've read most of her manuscripts and favor them over many published books I've read, but even among those, none of them stands clearly above the rest.
I think some of my favorites are my Starts. Those are the first chapters I've written with the certainty that I was absolutely onto the Great American Novel. I go back and read them sometimes, thinking I'd like to finish them, but the misfortune of being a pantser is that sometimes instead of springing helpfully into place in a new story, sometimes the plot stays hidden. Forever.
My apologies for such a disjointed entry. I don't think I've made all that much sense, but now I'm curious about what you think. Do you have a favorite of your own or of someone else's?