A Writing Journey Nears its Goal

I am taking a moment from my usual posts to share with you a project I have been working on for the past three years. If you visited my author website, you’re aware I have a book scheduled for release in the spring. This book has been in the works for quite some time.

Over the last three years I have been writing and editing a clean crime thriller that has no swearing, sex or excessive violence. Final edits to the manuscript were just completed and the book is now advancing to the typesetting phase of the publishing process.

It’s been a long road with dozens of rewrites and edits, but it’s also satisfying to be at this point with the project. About a year ago the manuscript was around 40,000 words longer than it is today. Judicious editing made the book’s pacing faster and more suspenseful. Those who have read an advanced copy tell me it’s a page turner.

I am excited about the release of Islands of Deception on May 1, but more importantly I am in awe of the people God has placed in my life to help me get to this point, particularly my wife. I lost count of how many drafts she read and edited before the manuscript went to my editor. My wife is a prolific reader and she helped make so many scenes more believable.

I’m also grateful for you, one of the many readers of this blog. Your comments and likes of my many posts encouraged me to keep writing over those years. I praise God for His continual blessings.

17 thoughts on “A Writing Journey Nears its Goal

  1. I’m with Pastor Pete, 40,000 words gone sounds painful.😬But if it makes the book better….❤️ Congrats on your book, Chris! The world needs more stories that are family friendly, or at least PG. Our television stays on either the Hallmark Channel or HGTV most of the time.

    1. Thanks! My editor did a great job guiding me on the edits which eased the pain. I’m pleased to be able to offer something in the crime thriller category that’s clean. Have a blessed Christmas.

  2. Wow and congratulations! This is awesome news. Bully for you. That’s a reflection of much toil (for you and your wife 😊), and thank you for posting the reaping of God’s rewards.

  3. Wow cutting 40,000 words may be necessary but boy that sounds painful. Congratulations on completely the long hard work and I wish you the greatest success. Kudos to your wife who went through the reading of every word more than once!

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