Publishing News, Writing

Finally Finished!

I’m telling everyone I know that I’ve finished the first draft of my fiction novel. Of course, in doing this, I’ve discovered that half of those people didn’t even know I was working on a novel. The manuscript is printed and currently fermenting in a desk drawer. I’m going with the Stephen King Method for this first novel of mine: I’ll let it hide in the dark for about six weeks, so when I pull it back out I’ll be getting a fresh look at it. Once I go through and edit (and I know there are a long list of errors), a few kind souls have volunteered to read it for me. And then…it’s time to find an agent. I have a feeling that writing the story was the easy part compared to finding an agent and actually getting the book published.

If you’re in that half of people I know who haven’t heard me gush about my book and the characters I’m so enamored with, have no fear. I’m always ready to talk about it! The premise centers around a young woman named Betty “Boo” Boorman, and she’s a paranormal investigator in Savannah. The story, which I ultimately want to turn into a series, follows Betty’s adventures, from strange investigations to her budding relationship with a guy who introduces himself simply as “Maxwell, Demon.”

The idea came about when I was doing research for my book of Georgia ghost stories, which introduced me to a lot of ghost hunters throughout the state. With the popularity of ghost hunter shows on TV right now, I figured, “Why not a book?” And so Betty Boo was born.

Maxwell (who is, of course, drop-dead gorgeous) got an odd beginning: he was originally inspired by a mural of a train. Those of you who have been to Pleasure Island at Disney World (may it rest in peace… Kungaloosh!), might remember a huge mural of a locomotive that used to grace the side of Mannequins. The train’s name was Maxwell’s Demon, and the “back story” for the club was that it was once a roundhouse for this amazing train. My mom and I were discussing the old mural after our Pleasure Island Farewell Tour in August of 2008 when I got the idea for a character by the same name. Maxwell, Demon was born, but he still needed a face. I wrote down my description of him – pale blue eyes, dark hair styled perfectly so that it looks messy, dramatic cheekbones – before trying to describe him to Mom. Finally she asked, “If they made a movie of your book, who would play him?” Cillian Murphy, I decided. I did a Google search to find a picture of him to email Mom, and one image I stumbled across made me think, “Oh, that’s Maxwell!”

And just what lies in store for Betty Boo and Maxwell, Demon? Well, you know…you’ll just have to read the book!

Beth Dolgner

Beth Dolgner is a freelance writer and editor whose work encompasses everything from motorcycles to ghost stories. She is a devoted Boba Fett fan and a member of the 501st Legion.

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