For those of you that read my blog regularly, you might remember that in January, with an idea and an overactive muse, I wrote a novel in 16 days. As I said then, sure, it was pre-editing, but still, I am a fairly deep researcher and to crank anything out that fast seemed impossible to me. But, I did, and now, three months later, I have edited, revised, reread, slashed, hacked, cut scenes, added scenes, and finally, today, sent it to an editor. Yes, And They Call Me Crazy is moving right along.
So, I've decided to tell you a little about it. Here goes.
And They Call Me Crazy takes place in the small Kansas town of Bally Springs. It is a fictional town, but closely resembles the small town that I grew up in. It centers around a mid-thirties woman, Cass Adams, who decides to whack her husband over the head with a shovel and bury him in their yard. Yes, Cass has a few problems.
I wrote this book as an exploration of flawed characterization and unreliable narration. It is told in first person, present tense from eight narrators, all of whom have problems of their own.
I'll be ripping and rewriting when it is returned from my editor, but in the meantime, I'm fairly happy with the progress. So check out the blurb, listen to a little Patsy Cline, and I will go back to my new WIP, currently untitled, the second novel in what will become my Ragtown/Hoover Dam trilogy.
Back to work!