When I was writing my book, many people — mostly ones who didn’t know me very well — asked me when I was going to finish it. I said, “February 2009 it’ll be out.” I had no idea how I was going to pull it off, or sell it, or even talk about it. But as with many things in my life so far, I’ve been doing this both by the seat of my pants, but aimed at a general direction.
Who doesn’t like mystery and suspense and a good mind fuck? Who doesn’t like the whole “women in trouble” set up, but with a catch — it’s turned on its head. The women are the trouble and make the trouble and succumb to or succeed it. As opinions about women evolve in relation to strength, psychology, sex and society, I found that a lot of the stereotypical woman in trouble thing was being played with much yet. And I didn’t want the angle to be there solely for the kitsch aspect. I asked myself, why is it that people are more intrigued by women in trouble than men in trouble? It’s a question that I’ve always thought is a little loosely related to the question of why it is that we hear more about kidnapped girls than kidnapped boys.
With this idea in mind, a projected 9-month writing time, and a few twisted premises at my disposal, I got to work. I was very nervous about it at first but thankfully, interest in the book grows daily. And people are enjoying the stories as entertainment but also really thinking about the underlying issues. A great thing.
Producing myself has been daunting; overwhelming for it being a 1-woman show as it has been so far. Coupled with looking for a job and practicing my native Spanish more before I lose it (something that scares me greatly), AND learning German, this has been quite a year so far.
I have new extended previews up (per what Lulu will allow space-wise) of the book. If you’d like to collaborate with me on fiction or nonfiction projects, talk about commission arrangements (I write speeches and create presentations for businesses as well!), or would like editing help, definitely let me know.
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Tomorrow: Criminals and goons