We’re back for another post on Lost in the Light! Today, Mary is posting, so without further ado…
Walking in the Dark
Writing the first draft is the hardest part of any book. I’ll take a month developing characters and the outline. But when it is time to get those story words on a page, it is like I’ve never written a book and I’m starting over again. When I’m at this stage, I turn off the phone, unhook the wireless and stream a soundtrack of music to get into the world. Since 2004, I used an AlphaSmart to draft all my books. But it died in its sleep last year after I completed the third draft of Lost in Whispers. Lamentation! We had been through so much together. It’s perfect, tiny screen kept me from seeing all the typos and terrible prose that I had written. It never lost a word or a document. I wasn’t sure how I could ever write another book without it.
But while I was on vacation in Oahu two summers ago, I used OneNote to take research notes for Lost in Whispers. OneNote is a cloud based notebook like EverNote. It gives me access through my laptop, mobile phone or tablet. I can drop in photos and dictate notes. It has changed my life and healed my grief over the AlphaSmart!
When it came time to write the latest work-in-progress – a new series I’ve planned in 2018 – I took a chance and wrote the first draft in OneNote. For me, new material is like walking through a dark house: I don’t know where the bathroom is, I bump into things while looking for the windows or the light switches, and there are amazing trunks in the attics! Writing with OneNote, allowed me to drop in and stay in the moment with those characters no matter where I was provided I had access to the app. When that first draft was done, like all my past books, it resembled the ramblings of a mad woman with pages of dialogue, and random characters who appear and disappear because I change their names midway or several times throughout the book. But as Nora Roberts has famously said, a writer can’t fix blank pages and the rough draft gives me plenty of material to work with.
With the completed rough draft, I copied and pasted the chapters into Microsoft Word documents. I keep my chapters in a cloud-storage app so again, I have access everywhere I go. Revision is my favorite stage of writing because I see the story and characters taking shape. A book will go through four revisions until its ready for my editors. Once they help me see the forest for the trees, the book comes together. That final revision is bittersweet because I start to miss my characters and all the good times we had together. But I know they’re ready to step out of the house and fly out into the world. (Yes, I’m a tad sentimental.) Once they’re off, I pick up a new seed for a story idea and the process begins all over again.
About the Book
One October morning in 1932, Vicente Sorolla entered the white house on the hill and was never seen again.
Now, Detective Dori Orihuela witnesses his brutal murder in her nightmares.
Drawn to this tough but tender woman, Vicente materializes out of the butler’s pantry and asks her to find his lost love, Anna. Dori wonders if she’s not only about to lose her badge, but also her sanity.
Dori has always been drawn to the mysterious Queen Anne Edwardian house in her hometown. But after a devastating injury that puts her career on the line, Dori isn’t sure if she made the right decision purchasing this rundown old mansion.
Her wisecracking Grammy Cena has waited too long for her independent granddaughter to return home. She hires a kooky psychic to banish the ghost and a handsome contractor with whom Dori has an unhappy past.
With a promise to Vicente, Dori may solve a forgotten Prohibition era murder. Or she may exhume secrets someone died to protect.
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About the Author
Mary Castillo is an Amazon bestselling author and audiobook narrator. She writes chilling paranormal mysteries and sexy, heartwarming romantic comedies, all with compelling characters that keep you turning the pages long past your bedtime! Her debut, Hot Tamara was selected by Cosmopolitan magazine as a Red Hot Read and Latina magazine called Mary “an author to look out for” and selected In Between Men and Names I Call My Sister for the Top 10 Summers Reads in July 2009. Lost in the Light was a finalist in the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Paranormal Mystery.
Mary grew up in a haunted house in National City, CA. She cries every time she sees the movies, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir and Casablanca, and may have developed a mild addiction to listening to audiobooks while she knits.
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