FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
It’s very basic, and there’s nothing mysterious or romantic about it:
a. Set aside time to write apart from the errands and obligations that consume the day.
b. Write until I’ve completed a first draft, grudgingly accepting that it sucks.
c. Revise and rewrite that draft until I know it’s the best I can do.
d. Set that polished draft aside for a few weeks (or months), revisit it, and marvel at how much better it could be.
e. Repeat c. and d. until I finally admit that I’ll never do any better, which usually takes a few years.
No. I’m no guide through the world of traditional publishing. The conventional wisdom says you must have an agent in order to work with a major publisher. I published my first book with a major publisher and without an agent. That book was not a hit, and so my second book ended up right back on the slush pile until I self-published it.
In fact, perhaps you can help me, dear reader. If you know of any agents looking for a non-prolific pornographer of violence , be sure to send them my way. Thanks.
No. I don’t see the need to explain Mercy’s ending because I think it’s already clear. I don’t know why it’s baffling and/or infuriating for some readers.
I should also mention that nobody at St. Martin’s pressured me to write an ambiguous ending to leave the door open for a sequel. I came up with the ending myself, didn’t think it was overly ambiguous, and never intended to write a series.