Monday, September 5, 2011
On Labor Day Monday I can acknowledge that I have momentarily put my labors to rest. After months of editing, my novel is ready for the scrutinizing eye of the eager agent. The title, having been changed from MOZO to SEVEN WAVES, takes on a bit of a new light with this identity.
Here is the pitch I gave at the PNWA Conference:
Rachel Lawrence is a woman without a midlife crisis. Married young to the right man, mother of successful adult children, her life is financially secure -- Rachel leads an enviable existence. Without warning, circumstances rip her stable foundation away, forcing Rachel to rethink her identity and future. Rachel moves restlessly between Seattle and Puerto Vallarta, discovering the full scope of her options until she makes a well considered decision to live in Mexico. She is wise enough to recognize danger at sight, but human enough to follow her passions as she witnesses violence, deceit and the upheaval of a cultural core. As she stands on her balcony on the Mexican Riviera, watching the small tour boats turning toward shore -- "It is the seventh wave that will bring you in " -- Rachel realizes that she must develop her own instinctive timing to navigate the years ahead.
No, it is NOT autobiographical. I have, of course, been able to write this story because of my own experiences living and loving in Mexico.
I’m excited to announce that I’ve begun to work on my next novel and long to devote my waking hours in front of my computer as I once was able to do. Alas, that is not possible at this time in my own personal story. But I fervently believe in myself and remained convinced that a change gonna come, oh yes it will.
Recently JK Rowling told her readership “No story lives unless someone wants to listen – so thank you, all of you.” A woman of great wisdom, that one.
I cannot give enough thanks to Enoch Anderson for his diligent and faithful editing. To my friends who have read SEVEN WAVES and commented, criticized, added, deleted, I am infinitely grateful. Your enthusiasm and encouragement have given me the boost I’ve needed to convince myself of the worthiness of this project and the possibilities that await my future.
Thank you for reading.