Sunday, January 24, 2010
Stolen will be released sometime this year
The front cover for Stolen is ready, the copy editing in process. If all goes well, ARCs will go out in two months, maybe three.
This book has been in the making for six years. It has been edited and re-edited multiple times. It has been wanted by two publishers and an agent IF I would completely change the ending. However, changing the ending would change the theme and meaning of the whole book: People have to go on with their lives when bad things happen or destroy themselves.
I've waited, sometimes patiently, sometimes impatiently, for the book to come into its own.
The emotions and many of the incidents found in Stolen are true, but I placed those into a fictional format. I, and other family members, lived the pain. I began writing the book as a way to deal with the suffering of missing grandchildren. My daughter shared some of her experiences, too, which found their way into the plot. As I wrote I fell in love with Lyle, Leanne, Torri, and Jason, and the other family members. They lived in my mind, real, breathing people, not just characters.
When Stolen is released later this year, I hope readers will agree that the ending couldn't be changed without the whole story being changed -- and ruined.
Thanks to Aidana WillowRaven for the cover, to Mandy Hedrick for formatting and now doing the nitty-gritty work of copy editing, to Janelle and Jacque for their hours and hours of editing time after time, to the other editors who gave their time and input to make this book better.
Now, finally, I can see the end of the process to the time I can place copies into the hands of my daughter, my grandchildren, and others.
Please watch for Stolen and read it when it appears. I think you'll be glad you did.