Yesterday I awoke to a lovely morning, sun shining, a brand-new year, a new day. Who could ask for more? Well, even more came my way soon thereafter. What can cheer up an author with a new novel out there more than anything? Yes, you probably guessed it—someone rushed up to me after church and the following conversation took place.
- Friend: I finished your book (The Sound of Caissons), and I loved it!
- Me: Wonderful! Thank you.
- Friend: You know when I really got hooked?
- Me: No, when? (thinking you’re supposed to hook them in first 5 pages, i.e. The First Five Pages: a writer’s guide to staying out of the rejection pile by Noah Lukeman)
- Friend: When Scary Harry was in the hospital.
- Me: Oh, my gosh, really? (I checked later, not too bad, that was only on page 69.)
- Friend: I got so attached to the characters I wanted it to go on. What an ending!
- Me: It’s already over 500 pages.
- Friend: It was just such a great story!
- Me: Thank you, thank you—you made my day!
And indeed she did improve on what was already a fine day. I’ve always thought the first day of a new year seemed filled with promise: new beginnings, new challenges to be met and, although I shy away from new year’s resolutions as such, I always look forward to whatever is ahead. For me professionally, I hope it will be the completion of my third novel, Turn on No-bridge Road (I may change the title), good sales of my newest novel The Sound of Caissons, and continued sales of my first novel The Lees of Menokin. Personally, I hope all my family, my friends and acquaintances will enjoy good health and happiness in the new year. Stay safe everybody!