➳ Torn Read ➻ Author Christine Hughes – E17streets4all.co.uk With the sudden, mysterious death of her father, Samantha discovers her life isn t what it seems Not only isn t she the normal teenage girl she thought she was, Sam must now take her father s place in With the sudden, mysterious death of her father, Samantha discovers her life isn t what it seems Not only isn t she the normal teenage girl she thought she was, Sam must now take her father s place in the fight between two groups of fallen angels, the Faithful and the Exiled, in a race to save humanity In addition to dealing with a devastating betrayal and having feelings for someone she s forbidden to love Sam must also fight the growing darkness within her as she struggles to make a choice between fighting alongside the Faithful or succumbing to the temptation of the Exiled Both sides require sacrifices Sam isn t sure she can make.
I ve always wanted to write Ever since I was little, I would craft stories and poems but the idea to actually do it for real never really crossed my mind until last year After sitting on three paragraphs of what would eventually become my first novel, I decided to expand upon what I had At the time I had no real idea of where the story would go, I just knew I had the time to do something with itI hadn t researched market trends, I had no idea about query letters or the evil synopsis, and I was green on the idea of agents and editors and all that is publishing, really I just wanted to write something I enjoyed I didn t plot, outline, or character build, I just wrote And then an author friend mentioned that I should take my writing to a conferenceSo with the confidence that my novel would surely be welcomed by all who read it, I signed up for as many seminars Torn ePUB ò Paperback and critiques as I could I knew someone would love it In those two days, I found out I had a lot to learnFunny, but as a former English teacher, you d think I d have figured out the importance of editing and revision and revising again You d think I d have known that the first draft is just that, a draft And when the critiques started coming in, I thought I was done for Not that the premise wasn t good I was told it was , not that the characters weren t believable I was told they were , but I used too much passive voice, I tense shifted and there were some holes in the plotlineA If you re looking for a CBR and CBZ reader few agents really liked it, but the market trend couldn t support it Some were not fond of the way I told the story I queried and queried my way to flat out rejections and a number of partial and full requests that didn t pan out But along the way I got some great criticism and pointers and I made the story better Then, on a whim, I trolled the SavvyAuthors website and signed up for a three line pitch to editor Lauri Wellington and I did a happy dance when she requested my full manuscriptA month later, she responded that she loved the story and the concept but it moved too slowly but I could resubmit if I revised I informed her I sent her a revision that was based on the opinions of agents, authors and peers but I had the original cleaned up, of course and I was sending it in to see if it wasof what she was looking for And guess what It was One caveat, I had to revise the manuscript into past tense Easy peasy, right WrongRevising into past tense from present is line editing your entire novel And it kinda stinks By the end, I thought my eyes were gonna start bleeding and pop out onto my keyboard But you know what That little exercise tightened up what was loose, filled in any plot holes that might ve still been there and forced me to realize I could be a better writerThe road to publication can be long It can be a hop, skip and a jump from your first query Nothing in publication is set in stone The market is always changing And the biggest thing I learned is that it s all subjective Agents A Y may pass but all you need is Agent or Editor Z to believe in you as much as you believe in yourself And I believe in my first novel And I am happy that Black Opal Books does too I hope you do, as well.
- 340 pages
- Christine Hughes
- 22 March 2017 Christine Hughes