It is a great release to be finally finished with the writing of them. It took a lot of hours of editing, rewriting, editing again, rewriting, reading again and again to make sure that it all made sense (as much as a science fiction, occult thriller can).
To me the most difficult thing was the characters. This was not a straightforward story with one main character. Several of the characters had prominent roles, and I had to bring them together in certain situations without making it seem like a series of accidental encounters.
Creating characters with their own unique personalities is a skill I’m still working on. I feel like I’m getting better at it. I’ll have to wait for the reviews to see what others think.
I put myself under pressure to finish these two books before the end of March. Actually, I had intended on publishing it as a single book, but because it grew so much I decided to make it into two books.
I started on another book some time ago writing on it when I got tired of writing on “Rifts” but I soon had to put it to the side and pay full attention to the two book series in order to be able to finish them on schedule. Now that ‘Rifts” is on the market I will be concentrating on my next book “The awakening.”
I really enjoy writing a book for the first time. Not so much when I have to go back and edit. I have just begun a process where when I finish the first draft of the book I set it aside for a day or two. When I get back to it I will read the entire book slowly, one sentence at a time. I usually find a lot of mistakes then. I will wait a few days or so after that and read it again. It is a real pain in the lower extremities to do that, but it works.
The awaking is an easier book to write so far. The story revolves around one main character so I won’t be jumping around so much. Unfortunately, this book will take a bit longer to write. I had taken some time off my real job, but will have to return shortly so I can eat.