I love writing the first draft of a novel—the white-hot stream of creation, words flowing and images of the characters moving through the scene that plays like a movie in my mind. This is fun. This is what writing is all about. Isn’t it?
Editing is the pits! I am currently editing the first book I wrote—the book of my heart, Sinners’ Opera, a paranormal romance. Of all my heroes, Morgan Gabriel D’Arcy is my favorite. He is a concert pianist, an English lord and a vampire. The story is told in first person from his point of view and in third person from Isabeau Gervase’s (the heroine) point of view.
An agent told me that the novel needed more on-stage action, so I am chopping the backstory I’d lovingly fed in slowly. This is SO difficult because I’m slicing into Morgan’s voice. But I do trust her advice, and she did say that she’d take a second look. Since I need an agent, I’ve taken scissors to the manuscript.
Here is the pitch for Sinners’ Opera:
Morgan Gabriel D’Arcy is a classical pianist, a British Lord and a vampire. For centuries, he has cherished a dream—a race of immortal half breeds possessing vampire strength and human morals. Ambition is not his motivation. Love is. When Isabeau, his chosen bride, was a child, he appeared to her as an angel. As she grew to womanhood, he watched over her. As the Angel Gabriel predicted, Isabeau is now a brilliant geneticist. She has come of age, and Morgan is ready to marry her. However, many forces oppose them, not the least of which is Vampyre law. Mating between the Human and Vampyre species is prohibited. The offspring or DarkeChildren carry a dangerous gene that causes them to go insane at puberty.
An enemy from Morgan’s distant past is stalking him. Paul D’Alembert seeks eye-for-an-eye justice, intending to kill Isabeau as once Morgan killed his beloved. In fact, his enemies are rapidly closing in on them. Will Morgan have time and an opportunity to make his dream come true—to sire a child on Isabeau? Will he outsmart his enemies, protect her and escape death himself? For the first time in eternity, the clock is ticking.
If you’d like to read a Morgan story, please visit http://www.lindanightingale.com and click on Vampire Hunt. I’ve had good feedback on the story. Hope you enjoy!
Thanks to Travis Fimmel for being so handsome.