It is only when you open your veins and bleed onto the page a little that you establish contact with your reader. If you do not believe in the characters or the story you are doing at that moment with all your mind, strength, and will, if you don’t feel joy and excitement while writing it, then you’re wasting good white paper, even if it sells, because there are other ways in which a writer can bring in the rent money besides writing bad or phony stories.

~ Paul Gallico, Author of The Poseidon Adventure


blood on the wall, page
Leaving some blood on the pages of Stealing Liberties

I have a confession to make.

I’ve put off Stealing Liberties for two years because there was a very important scene that I found too difficult to separate myself from.  It is a scene that has to happen for the storyline, for the characters’ growth and for better things to ultimately come along for these characters.

Knowing the eventual outcome didn’t help me very much.  My personal life was chaos and running parallel to the storyline (as has happened often with my TF125 books) and I just needed time to process all of it.

Yesterday, I stood my ground for nine hours.  I rewrote the scene.  The characters and I came together on a very difficult issue and we did what Task Force 125 does, we pressed on.  They stayed with me, questioned my motivation and their own and I bled all over the pages.  It was emotionally exhausting!

Eight pages later…

Yes.  I said EIGHT.  Now I can get on with the other 160+ pages of manuscript and handwritten notes and get this story out to readers!