As most of you know, I tend to go dark, my online presence virtually non-existent from time to time. Those of you who know me well understand that this only occurs when I am faced with a decision that utterly consumes my mind. This may be related to marketability, story arch, or character revisions. In this case, it was a much bigger decision, one that had me excited and terrified all at the same time.
Early this winter, I co-authored a book with a great friend and talented writer, Lindsay Currie. It is a genre neither of us had ever played in but both quickly loved – YA Speculative Fiction. Silo is gritty, written from the male POV, and explores how the real evil is in the way everyone loses their humanity in the face of survival.
I am excited, terrified, and a little anxious to dive into her suggested revisions. But before I do that, I owe two people a debt of gratitude. They listened to be churn this decision over in my head for the past few days, never once telling me to shut up. They were my sounding board, the impartial parties that helped me lay out all my agent choices and align the pros and cons. There were emails, and phone calls, and in the end a heartfelt “trust yourself, you know what to do.” So Mary Waibel and Becky Wallace, thank you for your support, your confidence in my writing, and a week of virtual hand holding.