My first venture in writing a full length novel (80,000 words) was several years ago. It’s titled PATHOLOGICAL LOVER, a romantic suspense about a womanizing pathologist who has an interest in the newbie laboratory assistant, who’s half his age. Oh yeah, he’s also married, and filthy rich — unlike the young, naive laboratory assistant, who lives in a rougher part of town in her studio apartment.
When she discovers he is married, it threatens everything that is near and dear to him. He fears she will tell the hospital administrator. He fears she will tell his wife and that he will lose her and his young daughters. He fears his peers will find out and that it will affect his social standing. Desperate to shut her up, he commits to a series of deplorable acts that will ensure her silence.
The POV is told through both the Pathologist and the laboratory assistant. Yes, you read
that right — I gave my villain a point of view in my story and I’ve paid dearly for it.
Over the years, I’ve sent it out to numerous publishing houses including Harlequin. A very kind editor at HQN gave me precious feedback about my manuscript –anyone who has submitted a MS knows how rare it is to get actual feedback. So, this is what she told me: “Your MS doesn’t fit our editorial guidelines. While I liked your story, I didn’t like (pathologist) and you introduced (hero) four chapters in. Also, we don’t publish infidelity.”
Despite being rejected, I mailed her a thank you card and thanked her for her feedback.
So, I introduced (hero) earlier in my story and played around with different versions through rewriting my MS but I didn’t like it. (Pathologist) is meant to be a jerk and it’s important that the reader can see inside his mind; it builds the tension and suspense. And, if I remove his POV, I’ve lost half my story.
Then, this morning when I was searching the web, I found a screenshot of someone’s Instagram post that opened with: “I would love to read a book series from the villain’s point of view.” And 3.4K people liked this post! I thought to myself, I wrote that book! I have a book that is told from the villian’s POV! I even have book 2 partly written, titled SKIN FOR SIN!
I think it may be time to dust PATHOLOGICAL LOVER up, and resubmit. 😉
In the meantime, I have a novel coming out next month! It’s very different from the story above, featuring a forbidden, inter-clan romance between teen witches.
Here are the details:
Before the light is reborn within the womb of darkness and the Sun returns, will Winter reverse the curse?
When High Priestess Iris Rose-Thorne bets her granddaughter’s womb in a broom flying contest – and loses, Winter wonders where the real danger lies: from the Witch Hunters she fled far North or her shady grandmother?
Winter finds safety with Turmeric of the Wormwood clan. His eagerness to protect her warms her frozen heart. Only – her love for him defies her clan.
Can Winter Rose-Thorne and Turmeric Wormwood have a future together – despite the Segregation Curse of Old, cast by the Elders to preserve ancient clan bloodlines? And with the Winter Solstice approaching, will Winter be able to reverse the curse on her womb? Or will she remain barren?
Expected Publication: October 2016, Bellatrix Press
Genre: Dystopian, Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy, YA (teen)
Series: Season of the Witch
About the Author
April L Wood is an author – currently writing a young-adult, urban fantasy series titled Season Of The Witch, beginning with Winter’s Curse, TBR through Bellatrix Press 10/16 – a book blogger for A Well Read Woman Blog, an author interviewer, a professional beta reader, and a caffeinated book reviewer. When she is not glued to her computer or a book, she is busy taming wild spiderwort, (God, those plants are annoying!), obsessing over her gardens to the point of insanity, feeding wildlife, and propagating her ever-growing collection of African violets. She is currently writing SPRING IN SUMMERLAND — Book II of SEASON OF THE WITCH — and A DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH. She lives in a large, beautiful, historic tudor-colonial filled to the brim with her family, two cats, and three dogs.
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