This weblog will be used to capture the journey of writing and self-publishing my second children's mystery novel.
The story so far...
My wife and I have adopted two beautiful girls from China. While doing the paperwork for our second adoption, I had an idea for a book. I read the Hardy Boys when I was younger and my sisters read Nancy Drew -- where were the mysteries with an Asian (and more to the point, adopted) heroine? From this idea was quickly born Autumn Jade and her world. Autumn was adopted from Shanghai, China and lives in a suburb of Vancouver. She solves a present day mystery with the help of vivid dreams for Shanghai in the 1930s.
I wrote the book "Bullets on the Bund", received a wonderful rejection letter from Scholastic Canada and then decided to self-publish. The book came back from the printers last summer and I've already sold over 1/3rd of my initial print run. I was interviewed for the upcoming March edition of Writer's Digest and life is good. You can read a sample chapter here: Chapter One
I started the second book in the series, "The Emperor's Pendant" last September. I took two weeks off of work and wrote about 60% of it. I finished the first draft on the weekend and now the editing begins. As the process unfolds and the book gets closer and closer to the printers, I will use this weblog to keep track of the highlights and lowlights of this journey.