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.)

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:

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


1 Comment

  1. Regina


    I have just started reading your books and so far I love them. I’m reading The Pearl right now…..It’s kinda tough. I have a 9 yr old and a 4 yr old and this senerio is all to real. I just wanted to say that I think it’s nice that you do a blog everyday. It’s nice to see feedback from authors. Makes you feel like one of us! I would like to know if you have a page where I can get a list of all the books and series in order? That would be very helpful. Thanks for taking the time to read this.



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