“Monsters are real, and ghosts are real too. They live inside us, and sometimes, they win.” ― Stephen King
Last week, I wrote that I was going to tell you about my next project which will essentially be by NaNoWriMo novel this year.
And since today marks the start of National Novel Writing Month…I figured…it’s as good a time as any. ;)
First though, I thought I’d explain a bit about my writing process, about ideas—and where they come from…
For me, each of my novels begins with a question. Typically, I don’t plot much— if at all…I just find new and different ways to go about answering the question as I write the story…
To give you an idea… below are examples of those questions…
Bedrock: What might the dissolution of a marriage look like? How can the two parties involved best go about fucking it up? And what happens afterward? What happens when you let the chips fall where they may?
Breaking Bedrock: A sequel I hadn’t planned to write. The question being: what are the chances a couple who are products of infidelity can make it work? Especially given that statistically speaking the odds are heavily stacked against them.
Beyond Bedrock: This one was for the readers. The question being: Again, what happens after… and how crazy can crazy get? Also, it touches on various levels of intimacy—how far one might go to avoid being transparent and the trouble they find themselves in in the process.
Around The Bend: How far is one willing to go to keep up appearances? What might a portrait of addiction look like for someone who seemingly ‘has it all.’
Somewhere With You: How do loss and grief shape us? Why are we drawn to certain people? And why do we keep finding our way back to them again and again?
Anywhere With You: Coming 11/11/15. Again, for the readers. Because they asked. Where does a love story truly end? When should one raise the white flag and call it a day?
Water Under The Bridge: Tentatively scheduled for 2/22/16. Lydia from Beyond Bedrock is getting her own story. That said, this novel is a standalone (spinoff?) and will not feature any of the other characters from The Bedrock Trilogy. Think Stephen King’s ‘Carrie’ featuring adults. The question being… can one truly transform? Or merely blend?
And with that, below, the synopsis…
I’d wanted to share the cover as I designed it all by myself (a first) and I’m pretty proud—but my publicist says no, not yet. She’s smart and so I listen. :)
Happy National Novel Writing Month.
My whole life I’ve wanted nothing more than to fit in.
Only my whole life I’ve done anything but.
That’s probably because I’m anything but average. After all—female serial killers seem to be a minority in today’s society.
And that’s ok—because I’ve longed for a change for quite some time now.
Which brings me back around to fitting in.
You know what one has to do to fit in?
One has to blend.
Which is great news!
Because I realized my clock is ticking, so to speak, and now I want a family. Luckily, I’ve always been good at getting what I want.
So I figure what better place to blend than suburbia?
All that stuff I did before—it’s water under the bridge now. I just hope it’s not too late to change my ways. Here’s to hoping for suburbia’s sake, too.
I mean, what are the odds I could be the girl next door?
Apparently, they’re better than you might think.