Here’s one of the blurbs for the novel that will grace the back cover. William McKeen, a successful Boston area writer (“Outlaw Journalist” and “Mile Marker Zero”) and Chairman of the Boston University Journalism Department writes:
This is one of those books that you pick up and when you blink you realize you’d just read 60 pages. It’s written with the economy of James M. Cain and the quiet grace of Robert B. Parker. You’ll fall in love with the heroine, Carrie Bloomfield. This is a stunningly good tale.
Book cover design proof came back from the publisher, I like it a lot! Will post here when minor text corrections have been made.
The publication of my novel “The Winship Affair” is getting closer by the day. Yesterday, my publisher, Blue Mustang Press, wrote back, “We are in the last couple of weeks…this should be go quite quickly now.” I hope so. It’s been a long road. I finished the first draft of the novel at the end of November, 2011. I submitted it to the publisher in January, 2012, and it was accepted in July, 2012. (Patience, Grasshopper!)
Here’s the teaser that will probably find its way onto the back cover:
“Life is about to become much more interesting for Carrie Bloomfield, an eccentric, but brilliant, multidisciplinary scientist living in Cambridge, Massachusetts. When a mysterious package from a deceased scientist turns up on her doorstep, she soon discovers that its secrets could lead to technologies that might revolutionize the world’s energy supply. But it seems that a shadowy multinational corporation knows about the materials, too. They’re determined to have the discoveries for themselves. And they’re not about to allow the law, ethics, or especially, a quirky scientist to stand in their way.”
After almost a year and a half, the book feels very real. I received the galley proofs yesterday, and finished a final read through. I spotted only a handful of corrections that need to be made. Seeing it laid out in book format makes all the difference in the world! Next milestone: awaiting word from the publisher about the cover art design.
Finally! After months of sitting on pins and needles, I received word this morning from my publisher:
I did want to let you know that we’ve reviewed “The Winship Affair” and feel it would be a nice addition to the Blue Mustang Press family. We’ll be emailing you a contract in a few days.”
Yes! My first full length fictional novel, which I began writing for the 2011 National Novel Writing Month project, is slated to appear in print and e-book format in the first half of 2013. Here is a brief synopsis:
“Life is about to become interesting for Carrie Bloomfield, an eccentric, but brilliant multidisciplinary scientist living in Cambridge, MA. When a mysterious package from a murdered scientist turns up on her doorstep, she soon realizes that its secrets could lead to technologies that will revolutionize the world’s energy supply. But a shadowy, multinational corporation knows about the materials, too. They’re determined to have it for themselves. And they’re not about to allow the law, ethics — or especially, a quirky scientist — stand in their way.”
First week of “literary abandon” in the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is now under my belt, and it’s going better than I thought. Until now, I’ve written only uber short-short and flash fiction stories. Writing a full-length novel will a formidable challenge. I’m getting a lot of help for the scientific dialogue from my better half, Ariel. Currently, my word count stands at 10,958. I have until Nov. 30. to reach 50,000 words.
I’ve decided to go all in and sign up for the 2011 National Novel Writing Month. Although you’re not allowed to actually start writing until Nov. 1, you can come up with a plot, outline, etc. ahead of time. I think I’ve solidified in my mind the main character, plot, and so forth. It takes place in the Boston area and involves a female scientist. The fictional story draws on some elements of a certain person I know well. 😉