what a novel idea

As I mentioned the other day, I am working on a new project with Eleni Zoe.

Not to be a tease, but she wrote a paragraph today that is going to stay with you. Sooooo clever.

I adore new writing projects. Ideas for it bouncing into my head.  New characters to spend months getting to know and shape.

I am already visualizing the finished product.

I don’t want to give too much away, but if you like her book, and my book, I think you’ll absolutely love this.

Speaking of my book, did you know that you can read the first 20 pages for free? You totally can! And you should.

In addition to this new novel with Eleni Zoe, I am also adapting my own screenplay (that was optioned in L.A. back in the day, before the project went to poop) into a novel.

I’ve wanted to do it for years, but I wasn’t sure what to do with it.

I feel like I’m a much better writer now than I was then, so reading through it recently, I was seeing all kinds of things I’d change.

And now I can!

It needs… more.

And… better.

I’m excited about it too.

It starts like this.

*****

1.

Kansas Territory. 1860s.

The only sound is the rattle.

Ominous. To anyone who has ever heard one.

The snake is coiled up on the boulder in the full moonlight, absorbing heat accrued during the day.

Another sounds joins in.

Quiet at first. Growing.

Closer.

The snake rattles louder. The sound of hooves drowns it out.

Moving slowly, but steadily.

Closer.

A shadowy figure rides.

As he nears, the moon hides behind the only cloud it can find, completely obscuring his face.

The rattle ceases as he passes by the big rock and–

The flash of orange briefly turns night to day, as the sound echoes before being swallowed by the dark, and the snake is blown off the boulder.

The Stranger (as good a name as any) rides on towards his destination.

The moon dares to reappear. Lightly illuminating his back as he makes his way towards the dim flickering lights of a tiny town.

He passes a sign that says “Welcome to Redemption, Kansas” with a bullet hole where the first O should be.

To be continued…

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2 Responses

  1. Sid says:

    I liked this one. Was hoping that every day you’d add a bit more …

  2. Krystle says:

    Read the first 20 pages! LOVED THEM! I’ll be purchasing the book soon..ish. :)

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