Five years ago — before I wrote the fantasy novel, the horror, the crime thriller, the chick lit, or the mainstream coffee shop story, I wasn’t nearly as interesting.
I wasn’t someone planning to write another 50,000-word novel in thirty days. Not like now. Today my sixth National Novel Writing Month begins, and I can’t wait! Oh, but I will. I’ll wait until morning, because my brain doesn’t work so well at midnight. Which might explain the following:
I’ve blogged about the NaNoWriMo experience before, and last year a coworker and I even chronicled our parallel experiences for the newspaper where we work. But what I’ve never done is keep a Facebook page for my main character and invite others into my story. On Facebook, if you friend Kate Tresler, you’ll be able to follow along with the progress of the storyline, as Kate tells it.
She and her 9-year-old daughter Corey are figuring out how to celebrate their first Christmas without Jake, who died six months ago. Kate wants to dive into the holiday craze — she wants to drown in tacky. But Corey has other ideas. In church she was told Advent should be a more solemn time of preparation and renewal — more like Lent. Could you imagine December without carols, gift buying, card giving, parties, candy canes, and sleigh bells? Yeah, neither can Kate. But she’s willing to humor Corey. How long could it last, right? She’ll snap out of it after a week or two. Right?
It’s called “Advent,” and it’s my first Christmas story, so feel free to stop by and see what Kate’s up to. Almost like a behind-the-scenes peek of the book, you’ll get more than what’s in the book. It will be like you’re a character too, watching how the plot unfolds from the perspective of Kate’s online interactions. And please join in the conversation too. But be careful; you might end up in my novel.