I turned in Compulsion ten days ago, book 2 in the Max Revere series, and am awaiting notes from my editor which will come in the next week or two. One of the problems I had was, because I’d written two Lucy books (Cold Snap, Dead Heat) between Notorious and Compulsion, I wasn’t certain I had Max’s voice down. She is distinctly different from Lucy. So I read parts of Notorious to put myself back into Max’s head. I rarely re-read my books, and usually only skimming to find facts I need for a work-in-progress. I tend to cringe, thinking I should have worded something this way or that way, or wish I’d cut a repetitive word or phrase. Yes, I’m my own worst critic. But sometimes, there are scenes that just work for me, even when I read them in print.
The excerpt below from chapter five is one of those scenes. It shows Max as she is, with some of her vulnerability that she doesn’t show often, and with her courage.
I’m traveling today, taking Kelly to visit three colleges, hoping she’ll be able to make up her mind where she wants to spend the next four years of her life … A big decision for and 18 year old. But I’ll pop in tonight!
Tomorrow I’ll have an exclusive excerpt from DEAD HEAT and on Wednesday we have Guest Blogger Scott Graham — so please come by and talk with him in my absence. He writes mysteries set in the national parks — I know there are many of you who would love his books!