Works in Progress
It’s been over two weeks since I last posted on this blog and this is just a “catch up” post.
I hope all followers had a happy Thanksgiving. We had an enjoyable trip to the East Coast, visiting with family and friends along the way. It is hard to keep up with writing and posting when traveling but I’m ready to set out a few pre-New Years goals.
First, I will try to post on the blog at least once every three days, or more often if the occasion warrants it.
Second, I will continue work on… Continue reading
Some have asked about the title of my new book. What does “Cracks in the Wall” mean?
In Live Free or Die, Josie says, “Sometimes we can still see over or through the cracks in the wall we’ve built to shield us from the past.” Have any of you known someone who was trying to start over, trying to rebuild a life? In order to do that, a person needs to think about building a symbolic wall if they truly intend to start over. The past can be a serious impediment to moving ahead with a new direction… Continue reading
The photo captures my father in his race car in 1950, just prior to a horrible crash in which he should have been killed but survived with minor scratches. That accident is the basis for the opening chapter of my first novel, A Favor Returned.
Many folks have asked my how my work on my fourth novel is coming along. Cracks in the Wall, the third book featuring Detective Parker Havenot, is well underway. As of this moment, I am projecting the rough draft to be finished by the end of November, 2015. The story is guaranteed to produce … Continue reading
A number of correspondents to this blog have suggested that I publish what I have of Murder in a Small Town: The Tragic Death of Stacey Burns with obviously no conclusions. Also suggested is the idea that I compile all blog posts on the subject and add them as a sort of appendix to the incomplete narrative. This would be a different approach to the book. The blog posts would likely be over 40,000 words, almost as long as the book is at this point.
I’m curious to hear opinions of others on this subject.
This morning, I sent the manuscript of Live Free or Die to the publisher. Now the fun begins.
It is still in the “Work in Progress” category because it has not yet gone through editing/copyediting (officially but it surely has been gone over carefully here in the Southard household). I like to think it will not require huge editing. Actually, I’d have to say that I think this book is the best edited of any I’ve written before sending it off to the publisher. We’ll wait and see what they think!
Next up? Two possibilities: Memoir- The Twenty… Continue reading
At 12:15 today, I wrote the final word of Live Free or Die (A New Parker Havenot Novel). It now enters the next stages but I am surely excited to have it reach this stage!
Looking forward to the great panel discussion coming up on Monday at the Joyner Library in Green Valley, AZ from 1-2:30 p.m. “Looking Back, Moving Forward” will feature authors Denise Roessle (left rear in photo) Ethel Lee Miller (right rear) and Duke Southard giving tips on writing memoirs and discussing the process of getting their memoirs (of three varieties) into print. Hope to see many Green Valley friends, neighbors, and colleagues there!
For those who have asked (and there are several) the momentum toward completing the new novel featuring Parker and Josie Havenot, Gordon Tibideau, and others from Agent for Justice continues. The first draft is on track for completion by the end of November with rewrites, editing, etc. finished in time for a spring, 2015, release. The working title is Live Free or Die,an obvious reference to the New Hampshire state motto.
Meanwhile, with no new information coming to light on the Stacey Burns murder case, Murder in a Small Town: The Tragic Death of Stacey Burns sits… Continue reading
I am very excited to be part of a panel discussion with two outstanding authors (and very special folks) on October 6, 2014 from 1-2:30 p.m. at the Joyner Library in Green Valley, Arizona. The title of the program is “Looking Back, Moving Forward” and it features Ethel Lee Miller, author of Seedlings and Thinking of Miller Place and Denise Roessle, author of Second Chance Mother. My memoir, The Week from Heaven and Hell, will be part of the part of the program as well.
For anyone interested in the memoir genre in any way–writer, reader, wannabe memoirist,… Continue reading
What a fun week of writing I have had! In my opinion, it is all because of momentum.
When the week began last Sunday, I promised myself that I would write, at a minimum, three “keeper” pages a day. Whether those pages were from Murder in a Small Town: The Tragic Death of Stacey Burns, or my next novel, or the memoir, There’s A War On had no bearing on the end result. Here’s what I found:
Three pages usually became four of five because the freshness of what I was writing and where I was… Continue reading