Yeah, The Temptation, she’s-a done–in spite of all the computer problems, doctor visits, bad weather, and constant interruptions, Book No. 11 of my Bell Mountain series is all typed up, polished, and sent off to my editor.
I have no idea to what extent, if any, I have succeeded in communicating the vision I had for this book. My wife read the last six chapters this morning, but she was very tired and I don’t know quite what to make of her reaction.
What I tried to do, in the climax of this story, was difficult. It had to be written so that a reasonably with-it 12-year-old would have no trouble understanding it, but at the same time in such a way so as not to alienate adult readers. Sorta like when the pitching coach comes out and tells you, “Don’t give him anything to hit, but don’t walk him, either.”
Oh, well. A writer who’s sure of himself is probably headed for a bad book. I had to work very intently on the climax and I’m kinda wrung out. It’ll be a week or two before I start to miss having no book to be working on. In the meantime, Chalcedon has plenty for me to do.
3 comments on “BTW, I Finished the Book”
Congratulations, Lee! We’ll all be anxious for it to hit he presses! And, knowing your writing skills and how much we appreciate your work, I’m sure I’m not alone in my anticipation. Way to go!
Is “The Temptation” the final book in the series? If it is, what a void awaits your imagination. I guess working on something else as soon as you can is the answer, but that’s just a guess. I know I plan to read the whole series in God’s time.
If I have anything to say about it, the series will continue. It’s sort of a history, and history doesn’t stop. Even if Democrats think it does.