Give me a freaking gold star!! I finished the latest editing pass on Half Past Midnight and sent it back to my editor, Lynn O’Dell. Depending on how this round goes, it may end up going to her proofreader next. Once through the proofreading stage, I work on final packaging (formatting, cover, etc.), and marketing. In other words, I’m getting close to publishing!
In addition to this, I also have an idea for a short story based on one of the characters in the novel. In the novel, Mark Roesch is described as follows:
The man I selected had obviously been a body builder before D-day and had the physique I felt would be necessary, but he had only been in town for a week. His name was Mark Roesch, a pre-D criminal trial lawyer. There wasn’t much demand for lawyers anymore, so he went into the pool. When I picked him for my trainee, it raised protests from Brad Middlebrook, an older man who had been in for two months. Two months was longer than anyone else, so he would normally have gotten the next shot at an apprenticeship based on this seniority.
Then shortly afterward –
One thing I had noticed about Mark, he didn’t talk unnecessarily. I got the impression that something had happened to him on the road to Rejas, but I hadn’t asked, and he hadn’t offered. Everyone had a pre-D story. Most of them dealt with the deaths of friends and loved ones.
I had also learned that everyone dealt with their losses in their own way. Mark had turned to reticence and was comfortable with things the way they were for the time being.
I kept an image of this character in my head, and it occurred to me that it might be interesting to write more about him. What exactly had happened to this lawyer – slash – body builder to make him turn to silence and introspection? It seemed there might be another story there.
So I’ve been “talking” to Mark, pulling his story out of him. It’s a tragic story, full of pain and guilt, but I think it helps give an extra dimension to the character, as well as another view into the world of Half Past Midnight. My big concern is that I don’t know how long Mark’s story will be, and if I take too long to get it done, it may not be ready as a companion piece for HPM.
So I suppose that’s enough for now. I think I should quit writing here, and get back to my discussion with Mark.
Take care, and keep writing.