Friday, March 15, 2019

Writing: Changing Stories In Mid-Stream

When I published my last novella, Emergency Case, I "teased" my next novel at the end of it. It involved a doctor who came home at noon and heard a deliveryman leave a box on her front doorstep. Curious, she found a package there, brought it in, and eventually opened it. She encountered a cell phone that rang. An electronically altered voice addressed her by name and told her to follow instructions exactly or her husband would be killed. She called her husband, who was out of town, but no one answered his phone.

Good stuff, huh? But while I was working on it, I kept coming back to the opening line that's been stuck in my head for years--"Things were going along just fine until the miracle fouled them up." I'd won a contest with that line, but had never done anything further. I had fiddled with the words, and little by little a story developed. So, finally, I put aside the novel I was working on and started writing on this novella. At first, my wife--my first reader--didn't think what I'd put together sounded like one of my books, but with her suggestions and my four or five revisions, I think the finished product will be a worthwhile read.

Dineen Miller designed a great cover, Barbara Scott is working her editorial magic as we speak, and eventually I hope you'll be able to read Bitter Pill for yourself. Hope you agree that it was worth changing stories in midstream. I guess that freedom is one of the benefits of indie-publishing. Think so?

NOTE: I'm happy to advise that Emergency Case is now available in audio format. Enjoy!


Deana said...

The book sounds good. Can’t wait to get a copy to read.

Priscilla Bettis said...

You've been busy! I love that contest-winning opening line!

Richard Mabry said...

Thanks, Deanna and Priscilla, for your comments (and your votes of confidence on Bitter Pill). Hope you like it.

Patricia Bradley said...

I can't wait to read this, Richard! All of your books are great!!

Richard Mabry said...

Patricia, this one's a bit different, yet similar--guess you'll have to wait and see.