So, as usual, I managed to completely screw myself over. OK, maybe I am being a tad dramatic. However, 2012 has been a very busy year. I wrote – geez – well, a buncha books. I have published four of them this year, including a collection of very short stories. I had plans, once my novel VICIOUS was published, that I would take a break for the rest of 2012.
Yeah, that hasn’t happened.
About a year-ish, or so, ago, I saw a story about urban legends and ghost stories. Every community and city has their own version of a “vanishing hitchhiker” story. You know, a ghostly girl who is seen beside the road, gets a lift, sometimes goes dancing or out on the town with someone, and either vanishes or requests to be dropped off somewhere strange (like a cemetery) and then vanishes. That night, on TV, I saw another of these stories and this time it really struck a chord.
I am not sure why this one did, but it did. I loved the story. I soon decided I could adapt it, with a few changes, to a novel. I also felt it fit in nicely with my fictional town of Knorr, PA (that first appeared in The Dead Phone). So, I started writing it. I got pretty far, felt good about it, but then had to put it aside to write a bunch of other things this year. I attempted to get back to it a few times, but was struggling.
Then, suddenly, after VICIOUS got published, I suddenly got inspired. Since then, I have been writing about 1,000 words a day. That’s my standard goal when in the heat of writing a novel. As of today, I just passed 73,000 words.
Here’s what I can tell you:
- It’s still a long way from done. This may be one of my longer novels.
- At some point I realized that the story would lend itself well to the Young Adult genre. So, this will be my first venture into YA.
- It’s a love story and a ghost story
- It’s currently entitled “Sapphire”
I hope that SalGad Publishing might be interested in publishing this one (hint, hint, guys), but I plan to have this ready for some time in 2013.
So, there ya go. Now you know.