I’m excited about the upcoming Amazon Kindle release of my fifth book and third novel, The Book Club Widowers. This project has consumed most of my writing life for the past 2.5 years, and was first conceived in June 2012 when I had one of those “what if…” story hooks pop into my head:
“What if a group of book club moms went on a long weekend trip…and vanished?”
The “hook” is essential for a quality fiction read. Stephen King drove this point home for me in his memoir, On Writing. Once you find the hook, inspiration begins to flow and the rest of the author’s journey is mostly hard work and commitment. I can’t say enough about how starting and finishing a novel is more perseverance than anything else. The inspirational and creative moments show up if the writer shows up, ideally each day, in front of the laptop screen.
I hit my stride with TBCW in the spring of 2014 when I committed to writing 2,000 words per day, usually in the early mornings before doing anything else. I recall typing the opening lines of the prologue around March of that year, and finishing a first draft of more than 100,000 words by June or July.
When I’m writing a first draft I don’t go back and edit. My priority is letting the story pour out of me, and I don’t want to hinder that process by worrying about whether my grammar is correct or if the plot itself is any good. All of that will come later. I’ve written several new drafts of TBCW since the summer of 2014, including the one that I just submitted for formatting and cover art yesterday.
TBCW will be available in the Kindle store in early April. For additional updates, check out the book’s Facebook fan page found at https://www.facebook.com/TheBookClubWidowers/. Also, please visit www.johnmichaeldemarco.com to download copies or samples of my other four books.