Like millions of people, I have always loved the story of Esther–who wouldn’t? To a girl, it’s a Cinderella story, and to a young woman, Esther is a heroine to admire.
I wanted to write Esther’s story right after I finished THE SHADOW WOMEN, years ago, but my publisher passed on the idea. And since a writer needs to write what her publisher wants, I put away all the books on ancient Persia I’d bought and decided to wait until . . . if . . . the right time came along.
Fast forward several years. My agent called and said that she’d been approached by a young woman in Hollywood who wanted to do a movie on Esther, but the young woman (wisely) knew that the best movies came from fully fleshed-out novels. Would I be willing to write a novel about Esther that could be optioned as the basis for a screenplay?
This is a highly unusual way to get an a novel started, but of course I jumped at the opportunity. I don’t know if you’re aware, but right now it’s difficult to make a living as a novelist. Even established novelists are finding it difficult to sell their work, and advances are about a third of what they used to be. So I was not only grateful for the work, I was grateful for an opportunity to write a complete manuscript that would be ready for submission once I’d finished.
So that is the beginning of the story. Tune in tomorrow when I’ll write about the RESEARCH–yum!