I was recently asked, “What moved you to write Vengeance?” Well, Vengeance was born from reader requests for more after reading my first novel, ‘Premonitions – When the Universe Shifts, Expect the Unexpected’. I enjoyed writing ‘Premonitions’ so much that I decided to search for suitable material to build a plot around but kept gravitating back to the characters and the suspense inherent with the plot of ‘Premonitions’ until one day a great sequel angle presented itself and ‘Vengeance’ was born. The deeper I got into writing ‘Vengeance’ the more it seemed as though ‘Premonitions’ was subconsciously written inviting natural tie-ins from a future sequel. I thoroughly enjoyed revisiting the characters developed in ‘Premonitions’ (the ones that survived that is) and I created a cadre of new necessary characters to interact with them. Knowing this story wasn’t complete until yet another book was written, I embarked upon my third book, ‘Vendetta – When Vengeance Wasn’t Enough’ which was recently released and completes the ‘Black Breath’ trilogy. I wrote each book to stand alone without relying on the others by providing just enough background information to complete each plot. However, I feel you will get the most out of the ‘Black Breath’ trilogy if the books are read in the order written. Enjoy them and do feel free to forward your comments on my work by emailing them to: email@example.com
As you may know if you follow my FB page, I recently moved the “Author Cave” to Florida. I was honored by a very kind blog entry by our new friend Barbara Doeringer and include it here.
MORE HIGH VISTA TALENT
Most of the High Vista residents are well aware of some amazing talent in our community after enjoying some of it at the Talent Show in February. But there is a wider variety of talent here than realized and one most recently discovered was when we sold a home to a wonderful couple from Illinois this month.
Frank McRae has already published two incredible murder mysteries and is currently working on his third, which will make a “trilogy” of books connected to each other. His careers began in engineering, business ownership and construction expertise, but he marveled for years at the talents of many of his favorite writers, and then found himself inspired to transform his imagination into words.
His first novel, “Premonitions” is about a group of top local plastic surgeons in the Chicago suburbs, whose lives are suddenly ripped apart by a series of unexplainable murders. The wives belonging to this group of surgeons are being systematically found in their locked homes murdered, with alarms set and no apparent clues for motives. Believe me when I say this novel has mind boggling plot twists that will wow every reader! I simply could not put it down and the ending will shock you.
Next, is the second novel, “Vengeance” which I am told is even better than the first! I will be starting that book this week. So as not to ruin or give any hints about the first book, I will only say that this one entails the same Inspector who now tries to find a different serial killer who has taken on the persona of a black widow spider, leaving no witnesses behind. “She” seeks justice and plans revenge for those she has admired by developing three versions of a deadly drug.
Frank McRae has certainly engaged close attention to details and has a knack for developing unexpected plot twists to keep readers glued to every page. I am personally thrilled to have met this author (and his lovely wife) and honored to have two autographed copies of these books.
You will find both books on Amazon, if not in the local book stores, and they are both rated high. Personally, I give the first one FIVE STARS! And all I can say is, “Frank, hurry up and get that third one written! You certainly have talent!!”
Written by Barbara Doeringer
I have recently added 4 more book signing events at various Half Price Books stores in the Chicago suburban area and there will be more to come. I’d love to see you at one or more of them!
Vengeance sales have been brisk and many of you have passed along much appreciated verbal praise for my latest book, but I would like to encourage readers to send me your comments on the plot (hopefully by email @ firstname.lastname@example.org). I am compiling a ‘Reader’s Comments’ sheet for Vengeance that I plan to have on hand at book signings and welcome your reviews.
Book 3 in the emerging ‘Black Breath’ trilogy is progressing nicely and I’m very excited at what is currently planned to wind up between the covers! This is the semi-frustrating phase of writing a novel. It’s when there is so much plot material bouncing around in my head that it can get a bit overwhelming, but it’s certainly better than writer’s block I guess. It’s also when the organizing, sequencing and rewriting of the manuscript (as new concepts keep popping up) forms the fun challenge of the writing process.
View from the Author Cave:
Next most asked question…”Did you know how your books were going to end before you started writing them?”
So far 3 no’s! With ‘Premonitions’, I had maybe 10% of what wound up between the covers in my head as I started writing. I didn’t know where the plot would ultimately wind up and the content seemed to write itself in my head as I progressed through the story. With ‘Vengeance’, once I decided on a sequel to ‘Premonitions’, I started out with about 80% of wound up between the covers in my head. I had an idea as to how it would end but was undecided until once again the story ultimately developed during the writing process and it became clear as to how the book needed to end. This was in no small part due to my decision to write a third book to complete the trilogy as I was having so much fun revisiting the characters. Third book… another no! I have maybe 50% of what will wind up between the covers now and concepts keep coming to me as the plot continues to develop in my head. This is, for me, one of the most exciting things about writing a book and is akin to the reader turning a page on the finished book. Next question…”How do you come up with the stuff in your books?” (which is sometimes followed by, “It scares me to think of what is in your head!”)
Welcome to all my new friends and followers of this website!
‘Meeting’ new people interested in the story of ‘Premonitions’, through website and Facebook interaction has been exciting. For a more visual glimpse between the covers of ‘Premonitions’ visit my Facebook page where I regularly post pictures of scenes from the book in an attempt to share my visions of the plot as I wrote it. Hopefully my new book ‘Vengeance’ will soon generate the same interest and interaction.
I’m glad to finally know what name I’ll be placing on the ‘birth certificate’ once the writing is complete on my 2nd book! ‘Vengeance’ is still progressing very well, never as quickly as I’d like I guess, but I refuse to rush it and I remain excited at the progress toward completion to date. Having had the ‘end game’ of writing my first book come as quite a surprise in terms of how involved (and costly) it can be to bring a manuscript to publication, this time….eyes wide open!
It’s turning out to be a warm and welcome experience writing ‘Vengeance’ as several things are quite different from writing my first book. Unlike everything, cast of characters, locations, plot, even confidence that I would finish, etc., all being new with ‘Premonitions’, there is a different, more comfortable feel to writing in the Author’s Cave these days. This time around it’s more like I’m spending time with old friends (and some new) as I go through the common practice of mentally projecting yourself into the drama, scenes and conversations taking place in the plot of ‘Vengeance’ as it makes its way from cranium to keyboard.
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