This Has Been An Exciting Week!

Day 5 on the blog tour…  Stop by and see what Paula has to say about Enza at The Phantom Paragrapher.


Eight more days left and so far I couldn’t be more pleased.  There have been moments when I’ve felt like I was sweating bullets waiting to see what the reviewers would have to say, but the responses have been terrific.

Even if they had turned out to be dismal, though, it wouldn’t have mattered.  Well it kind of would…but not as much as you might think.

Writing Enza was a labor of love for me.  Dumb as it may sound, I’m not even sure I had a choice in writing it.  It almost feels like it chose me.  Yeah, that’s weird.  It’s also true because I’ve never had another story grab me like this one did.  And it wouldn’t let go.

Kind of like Rose tells Jack in Titanic…

In looking through videos, I found this alternate ending.

I hadn’t known another ending had been filmed.  And this is one I think most of us would have preferred.  But I guess the writers decided that, realistically, a guy who had been in water that cold…for that long…probably wouldn’t have survived.  The final scenes wouldn’t have had as much impact either.

That was actually a conundrum I faced while writing the final chapters of Enza.  Did I want to continue the story as realistically as possible?  Or did I want to bring it to an end readers would enjoy more?

Marcy Kennedy addressed this exact thing in her blog on Wednesday, when she reviewed Jeff Goins soon-to-be- released book; You Are a Writer (So Start Acting Like One).  In a nutshell, we need to be true to ourselves and write the stories we want to write.  We can’t write to please other people because then we’re conforming.  We’re not letting our voices be heard.  Instead we’re trying to be an imitation of ourselves…and originals are always better.

And that’s exactly what I did.  What I always do with my books.  It’s definitely the right choice for me.

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