Inspiration strikes me all the time in many different forms; little things my kids say, crazy thoughts that run through my brain, dreams, and *shudders* real life.
The biggest inspiration for Fade to Black would have to be the nearly 10 years I spent living, eating, breathing, and editing (videotape, not copy) my way through life in the news industry. In It To Win It combined that experience with my love for baseball and the small, rural town of Salina, Utah.
I’ve heard from readers that the newsroom ‘lingo’ in the books is very realistic. Yeah, well, you can thank my editor that you understand it. During the editing process she constantly reminded me that PIO (public information officer)—and other terms—are not common vernacular.
Fade to Black took a little over a year to write. In It To Win It took—from first word to publication—approximately eight months.
Writing, for me, is the best part of being an author. Editing, the worst!
Next week, I’ll talk about how I approach the editing process…