Monday, October 21, 2013

Cast off the Line(edit)s!

As of this morning, I've turned the line edits for The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn in to my editors at WaterBrook Multnomah. And how does an author celebrate the completion of this important editing step? This one hurries off to PicMonkey and creates a new graphic. 

I'll have a little time before the manuscript comes back to me in the form of copy edits. So... what does an author do next? She gets back to work.

I've had a novel in progress, hardly begun really and no where near thoroughly researched, waiting patiently for me to get back to it. I'm about six chapters in, having spent the first few months of this year working on it. It's not contracted, and I'm not prepared to say much about it yet, except that it's set in both Scotland and North Carolina, in the late 1740s. It's requiring a lot of research, since this is an earlier time period than I've yet written. Though having set two novels (one of them The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn) in 18th century North Carolina, I'm more familiar with that state/colony's history than I am with any other, save perhaps New York.

In the comments recently I was asked to share about my my drafting and researching process (thanks for asking Caroline!). This seems like a good time to do that, since I'm in the midst of drafting and researching (and the early writing) with this present WIP. So I'll be working on a blog post about that and hope to have it posted in the not too (terribly) distant future.

Meanwhile... it's rare that I stumble across photos of actors or models who strongly resemble the characters in my stories this early on in the process. Maybe it's because I'm on Pinterest now, and a lot of the authors I follow post such photos to their boards, so I'm seeing dozens of faces a day, but I've found them for this new story. So, here's a little sneak peek at the main characters of that 1740's story...


  1. Lori,
    You keep moving along and it's fascinating to watch...and inspirational, too. Go, Lori, Go!

  2. Ah, the Jacobite days... ;-) Looking forward to hearing about your new story, and I love the star pics you chose for your characters. Blessings!

    1. Jacobites might just have something to do with it. :)

      There's alligators too, I think.

  3. Fantastic! I'm so excited to read this one.

  4. April's not too far!!!

    Oh wait. That's halfway to 51.

    DARN! I want the book, but not the wrinkles!!

    And Jacobites, eh? Personally, I was always kind of Team Edward myself... ;)