I’ve finally finished the solid draft of Dead Heat and sent it in to the publisher. Now of course I’m chewing my fingernails waiting to hear if it’s accepted. I know it does need some more work – a little more smoothing and layering – but there are also some elements that are darker than my previous two books, so I’m not sure what she will think of those and whether they will work for the market.
However, after fifteen months, minor surgery for a breast cancer scare, brain surgery to bypass the aneurism in my internal carotid artery, a very demanding full-time-and-a-half first semester teaching at uni, and my Dad’s serious illness, I have finished writing a book – the first one I’ve finished since Dark Country in early 2009. It’s a darn good feeling – but I’ll breathe much easier after I’ve heard back from the publisher!
Now I have a few days of breathing space to get over my bad cold, maybe do some much-neglected housework and tidying, mark some student assignments, and try to work out what it is that one does when not writing or working!