When I handed in the book, I wrote it in first/third POV, all present tense. My editor didn’t like that, so I changed it to all first person. Because it can be confusing for a reader to read a new chapter in another character’s head, I planted little clues in subheads:
Once again, I’m hard-pressed to remember the editing, but I do remember a few things. Obviously, as I mentioned before, T.J. Maxx vanished. (Too bad–I love that store.)
Any chapter which began “Apartment 15A” was Aurora’s
“Apartment 15B” was Philips (the Boy) and
“Apartment 15C” was Clara’s.
I don’t know that many readers caught the hints, but they were there.
Lisa Bergren, who was hired as freelance editor, suggested that I enhance the scenes where Aurora struggles to go down the stairs, a new step each day. A great suggestion.
I do remember one exchange Lisa and I had–at one point, Aurora describes herself as “middle aged” and she’s thirty-five. Lisa, who is about that same age, protested that she hadn’t reached middle age yet! I replied that man is granted “three score and ten,” and thirty-five is exactly the half-way point. If that’s not middle-age, I don’t know what is!
Now that I’m nearing two score and nine, I think thirty-five is terribly young. Even though it IS exactly “middle age.” I’m hoping, however, to make it to ninety-six. (VBG)
Tomorrow: The results and reader reaction