Monday, October 29, 2012

Final Hours--the Second Time Around (and Free E-Books!)

I knew from the start that Final Hours was going to be a hard sell.

Who would cheer for an adulterous husband, in love with one woman but married to another til the end of the world (literally) because he didn't have the backbone to end his marriage? I certainly wouldn't, had anyone else written this book...so why did I write it?



I've always loved disaster movies, especially end-of-the-world films like When Worlds Collide, Armageddon and Deep Impact, and I found myself wanting to write a novel that would not be about heroic men and women rising to the challenge of saving the planet, but about flawed, frightened people who would be faced with one last chance to set right the mistakes of a lifetime. The game plan was to write four stories taking place in different parts of the world with four very different people and situations.
 
It was a good plan, except for one thing: three of the stories didn't work.

So I ended up writing a short novel (too long to qualify as a novella) about a man who had been having an affair for the past fifteen years and, facing the planet's final hours, finally makes the decision he should have made years ago.

The reviews were mixed. Some people loved it, others thought it was awful. As writers, we all know (or should know) that we can't please everyone. Still, I wondered if there were something missing, my failure to convey to those readers what I'd been trying to say with Jamie Randall's story. Maybe, instead of just telling the story from his point of view, I should have told it from three points of view: his, his wife's, and that of his conflicted mistress.

I am now working on an expanded version of Final Hours to incorporate the viewpoints of the two women in Jamie's life. Will it work? Time--and readers--will tell!

PS -- To celebrate the addition of Japan into the Amazon KDP market, all of my e-books will be free for one day only--Wednesday, October 31st. Trick or Treat, everyone! Find them via my Amazon Author Central page.

* Also posted at Beishir Books


14 comments:

  1. Wow, thanks, Norma!

    I've found novellas a tricky thing. I wrote one last year which some people loved and others found rather lukewarm. I'm working on one now, and wondering what the response will be.

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    1. I have some new projects I've thought about serializing on my blog. I've got my hands full with the Chasing the Wind series...but I think I could handle a blog serial.

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  2. It sounds like a good read Norma and a story that might happen more often than we think.

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    1. Thank you! I wanted to write about people who'd made major mistakes in their lives and found themselves facing the end with a choice to make!

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  3. Wow, What a hard book to write and I must say a very interesting choice.
    I haven't read this book so I am just going on what you wrote.
    I must say from what has happened in my life, the fact your main character waited for the last moment to make a decision... he seems to be a coward, a liar and a cheat reminds me too much of my x.
    Interesting characters no doubt but for me don't really know if I would pick up this book and read it. It is indeed a hard sell. But if anyone could do it I think you might just pull this off.
    Congratulations on the Amazon KDP market... WooHoo !

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. Thanks, Gayle! I think how one responds to any character has a lot to do with their own life experiences. We'll see how it goes when I'm finished....

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  4. I'm sure it's great and hope to read it one day!

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    1. Thanks, Evie. I hope to read yours one day as well!

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  5. It's impossible to please everyone, but the character comes across as very human when they have flaws. It's good that you're going in this direction with Final Hours.

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    1. Perfect characters would be boring. I like characters with a lot of flaws. Damaged goods make good books...most of the time, anyway!

      We shall see....

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  6. Norma, I like a good character who has flaws; no one is perfect. I like to see the internal struggle and the change! More interesting! And it will be interesting to see the three pov's! Take care!

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    1. Thank you, Lena! I hope to have it available at Amazon by Christmas!

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  7. You can't please everybody:(. I have the old version on my Kindle and I'm sure it's wonderful!

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