Consequence is a prequel to Fallacy. It is set in middle America, in any small to medium-sized town and follows Jenny on her discovery of her new reality. It delves into her family and her sometimes dysfunctional relationships and why they are the way they are. It asks questions we’re sometimes afraid to ask, mostly because we know we’re not going to like the answers.
I’m still in the process of editing the first draft, which I completed late last month. It will probably take a few more drafts until I’m satisfied, but it’s getting there. I’m excited to see the end result and have it available for everyone to read. I’m also excited to start the last book in the trilogy, which will pick up where Fallacy left off.
People have asked me how I could write a book and I so wanted to have a cool, off-the-cuff answer. But that never happens. Instead I usually say something lame that leaves the person I’m talking with confused. Truth is I ask myself that same question almost every day. The desire to create a story is something that has lived in me for over 25 years and it never really went away.
But how do you take a dream and make it a reality?
That’s a question a lot of people want an answer to, and is probably the reason why the self-help industry is booming right now. Everyone is looking for answers, but not just any answers – easy answers. We want the next magic pill or potion or method or program that will get us what we want without any work or sacrifice.
You may even be waiting for my answer to that question, but chances are my answer won’t work for you. Because I’m not you. I haven’t lived your life and you haven’t lived mine. Sure there are some constants that should go into everyone’s answer – like hard work, determination, sacrifice.
Notice I didn’t mention talent. We all have talent at something, more likely at more than one something, but that alone won’t get you where you need to go. I know I’m not saying anything you haven’t heard hundreds of times – I refer you back to the booming self-help business. But maybe this time it will sink in that there is no magic anything that will accomplish your dreams for you.
If you really want to know how I wrote two novels, I’ll tell you. I think about the story and my characters almost every waking moment of my day. Hell, sometimes I even dream about them. I sit in front of my computer or printed copy even when I don’t feel like it for at least an hour a day. Perhaps most importantly, though, I clamp down on all the negative, intrusive, useless thoughts that would only hinder my progress and refuse to think them. Then I let the story take over.
That’s the simplified method to my madness, but I think you get what I’m trying to say. And again I wanted to come up with some pithy catch phrase here, but it felt wrong. You don’t need me or anyone else to tell you what you need to do. The answer is inside of you, underneath all the years of doubt and judgment and seeming failure.
So, go, write your book, paint the next Mona Lisa, start a business – anything. If I can do it, so can you!