I feel honored to be featured today on Sue Colettaâ€™s Murder Blog. In case you didnâ€™t know, Sue is the author of the chilling Mayhem Series. I was worried my post didnâ€™t contain enough gore, but thankfully, she let me slide. Take a lookâ€¦
Maybe itâ€™s the fact that I live in a houseful of women. Or that throughout my life Iâ€™ve been surrounded by women who have had a strong influence on me. Whatever the reason, a few years ago I set out to write a screenplay about a crazy-smart girl named Ruby who is determined to get her parents back together by any means necessary. Back then, I had the characters pretty much fleshed out. I had smart dialogue and lots of manic scenes I hoped would explode off the screen. But for some reason, I just couldnâ€™t make it work. After a dozen drafts, I finally set it aside to the sound of that WAH-WAH-WAH trombone burping in the background.
Iâ€™d been writing screenplays for yearsâ€”one of which actually sold. And Chainsaw Honeymoon was pretty much my last shot before deciding my time was better spent writing novels. Since then, I managed to publish three novels and a novella, as well as short stories and a childrenâ€™s book. As I was about to begin working on a new paranormal story, I got the uncontrollable urge to go back and revisit my young adult story and see if, just maybe, I could turn it into a novel.
Well, it worked.
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