I’m so excited! I completed my final edit on Heaven’s Strain (former working title, Brush of Angel’s Wings).
It is in the hands of beta readers right now. Watch for it! It will hit the Amazon shelves in Kindle and print versions in October 2014!
This is a FINALLY! Finally finished, after sixteen years in the making.
So what took so long?
First let me assure you. All books do not take so long. I have written many first drafts in three-four months. Those were my deadlines, and I met them. A few times I had to beg for an extra week or two, but I got ‘er done. But that’s only one step in the process of getting a book to market.
Here’s a peak at the process. Conception:
Any book project starts with an idea. Those come from many sources. A memory, an event, a place. A news article, a picture, a puzzle (What if…?), or a comment someone makes.
Heaven’s Strain started with a Bible verse that has fascinated me for years. Stepping out of the realm of theology and into the realm of fantasy (What if…?), Heaven’s Strain explores cause and effect in today’s genetic possibilities.
And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.…There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown. Genesis 6:1, 2 & 4, KJV
What if those sons of God were actually fallen angels, as legend claims and as some people believe? What if there is such a thing as angel genes? What would they be like? And with the advances in the realm of genetics, what possibilities and problems could exist?
Knowing very little about genetics, I dove in with both feet, hands, and what little brain-power I have. I purchased genetic textbooks, dictionaries and anything I could find on the subject. I read every book on angels I could get my hands on. I followed the Human Genome Project. What an amazing time that was! Dr. Francis Collins, head of the National Institutes of Health, became my hero!
A story has to be about someone. A Prince of Guardians and a beautiful Hebrew girl. Phanuel and Amaliah were born.
Lovely, kind, super-intelligent Ellen Larson, MD, Ph.D introduced herself to me. Rafe Zacharias, burned-out LA cop, burst onto the scene, demanding his starring role in the story, and Homer Wilton, a very sick old man, claimed a place in my heart. I chose Denver because I lived there for many years, and it’s a great place to set a story.
The original story took two years to write and was many thousands of words longer than the final version. I then spent five years trying to sell it. Every editor who read it, loved it, but it wasn’t marketable. It doesn’t fit one genre. It’s neither secular nor Christian.
Timing is everything, and it’s time had not come.
I’ll explore and explain more about this book, and the book writing and publishing process over the next few weeks, so stay tuned…
Until next time,
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