I finished my latest book, working title Dark Woods, final working title Walk With Me Into the Darkness.
I still need to re-write a bit of it, but my readers so far are giving it great reviews! One reader finished the entire book in one sitting, said she couldn't put it down.
Nice, eh. A grass-fire page-turner of a novel!
I admit that Cormac McCarthy's book The Road had some heavy influence on my novel. See, when I read The Road, I couldn't put it down. Had I not had work the next day, I would have read the book in a single sitting. I loved it.
I loved it.
I cared about his characters. I cared whether they lived or died. I read that book, watched the movie -- which is a dead-on adaptation of the novel -- and then said to my girl: I want to write a book like ~that~!
And so I did. I wrote Walk With Me.
Survival. Isolation. A morose view of right and wrong, although this is not as strong an undercurrent in my book as it is in McCarthy's.
Deadpan descriptives. A woman's point-of-view, which is absent from all of McCarthy's books to date.
And it's been a great learning experience. I believe I may have written my first publishable novel!