Yes, Isolated is YA suspense. I try to pack my stories with edge-of-your-seat plot twists. But it’s not all scares and woes, either. The quote I want to share with you comes from a euphoric scene. Of all the scenes in Isolated that make me beam inside whenever I edit or re-read them, this one probably ranks second.
This quote is removed from its context and won’t have its full impact, but nonetheless, here it is:
My mind is swimming with ideas for posts that dabble in character development. It isn’t everyone’s cup of tea to read about this stuff, but some of you might be curious to learn more about the characters that make up my books.
I was preparing to dive headlong into a Myers-Briggs analysis of Louise Stella (all in good time) when I thought that perhaps I should back up. Let me start by introducing her on a superficial level. Just imagine the three of us – you, her and I – found ourselves together at a Christmas event. I, being the middle link, would have the responsibility of introducing the two of you. This is what I would say about Louise, the protagonist of my novella Isolated.
A couple of months ago, I had the privilege of participating in Kellyn Roth’s blog tour for the first two books in her Chronicles of Alice and Ivy. I had a front row view to how she managed and organized it – or at least the parts where she interacted with her hosts. Though she (probably) didn’t know it, I paid close attention. After all, my own blog tour was fast approaching and I have never done this before!
That brings us to the Isolated blog tour!
I first mentioned this some time ago when I unveiled the cover. Now the tour starts in a month, God willing, and it’s time for me to get serious about finding bloggers who would be so kind as to host me. If you don’t know what a blog tour is and/or if you would like to host me on your blog, click here. I’ll explain what I mean when I talk about a blog tour (and then give you an opportunity to join in).
If you’re reading this, Kellyn, thank you for putting your techniques out there for me to study. 😉 I was impressed with your organizational skills.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. The reader in you may not find as much satisfaction in viewing pictures as in reading a novel… but I hope you’ll enjoy this visual teaser about my novella, Isolated.
Below are twenty-three pictures from the stock photo websites (not mine) – one to represent each chapter. So here’s my 23’000 word story in pictures:
Fun fact: the manuscript is actually 30’863 words long at this point in time. That makes for an average of 1’342 words per chapter. You be the judge: do each of the following pictures successfully fill the shoes of 1’342 words?
(from shutterstock.com – I don’t have rights to the full image, hence the watermarks.)
Then Louise’s mind changed gears. She thought of her parents and little sister. Are they in danger? She teetered on the verge of concern then decided otherwise. They’re the ones who should be worried. Do they even know that someone took me hostage? They should have been there for me. A knot formed at the back of her throat. Tears of hostility burned her eyes. Their God… Just when her heartbeat had begun to slow, it pulsed faster again – this time with anger. Their God should have been there for me.
-Excerpt from Isolated, subject to change in final revisions
Louise is the young protagonist in my novella, Isolated. Though she wouldn’t admit them to others, she has some strong ideas about this God, the God of her parents and sister, the God of the Bible.
She herself doesn’t love Him, serve Him or even believe in Him. But assuming an all-loving God truly did exist, shouldn’t He have protected her from her kidnappers? If an all-powerful God really did oversee the affairs of the world, shouldn’t He have intervened? If this God truly was concerned with justice and capable of executing it, why didn’t He?
As of yesterday, there were exactly four months remaining until the publish date of Isolated. Let’s celebrate with some themed content.
On May 1st, I unveiled the working cover of Isolated. If you look closely at the back half, you will see a watermark in the bottom corner:
This is the signature of the skilled designer, Michelle Rene, founder of Mundus Media Ink – the artist responsible for my cover design.
Here’s my shoutout to someone who has patiently and persistently worked with me, first to create the design, then to tweak it over and over to bring it in line with my vision. Not only is Michelle the designer of my book covers, but also of my website graphics. Does this next image look familiar?
She designed my header, too.
My blogging hiatus was very timely. It proved to be a time for catching my breath and looking to the future. But now I’m writing to you again, and let me tell you: it feels good!
As promised, here is your first peek at my debut novella, the first book in a series of four: