THE WRITING OF VELVET HELLION


This may surprise readers, but the Velvet Hellion novel began 20 years ago, as a way to distract myself from my illnesses. I remember opening the dining room window during summer, sitting down at my office desk with a cup of coffee, then typing away at an old word processor. I was often amused at the characters' squabbling; as if, somehow, the words flowed from another person's fingertips and not my own

Every day I looked forward to this morning ritual. I loved seeing which direction the plot would turn. There was no outline, no boundaries, no guidelines. I was free to create anything I desired. Many times I sat at the desk with no inkling as to what event would unfold, only to have the thoughts pop into my head in rapid succession. I prayed, a lot. To this day, I still don't know how I accomplished what I did; 480 pages is quite longer than other books.

Perhaps what the reader will notice most is that I rarely go into long descriptions about "things" and scenery. I suppose it's due to my own boredom at reading such words in books. Yet, I know (as a writer) I'm expected to set the scene and make it come alive in the reader's mind. So let me apologize for not doing that. I tend to be more focused on the psychology of the characters, what they think, how they'll react, and what prompts them to behave as they do. I've always been fascinated with how the mind works.

The reason the novel took so long to be released to the public, was due to several factors. Years ago, my old word processor was extremely slow, especially at printing out pages. I knew, with the length of my novel, there was a risk the processor might break down. At that time, there was no compatible software for my specific word processor, to get it to transfer to a PC. It wasn't until 2007 or 2008, I found someone who could transfer it. Once that was completed, I had the task of reformatting every single page, as the transfer messed the entire story up. My MSWord program was corrupted, so each time I corrected pages, I could count on a new mistake being inserted by MSWord. It became a game, trying to find the glitches the software was inserting. So it seemed to me it took forever to finally get a good manuscript copy together. Plus, my eyes would swell up and I'd get migraines from my neck for sitting too long, working on it.

In the end, was it worth it? I think so. My wish is for you to think so, too. Happy reading. :)

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