As most of you who follow the blog know, I’ve written a contemporary romantic mystery, Lakota Dreaming, set on an Indian Reservation. What some of you might not know is I’m in the middle of writing a prequel to this novel. A novella, this prequel doesn’t have a name. For now, I’m using the main character’s name as the title.
Julia was born in the 19th century, making this a historical. I write contemporary fiction. How did I get off that path?
The answer is simple or not so simple. I need to keep my name in the reading public eye and in the Amazon algorithm. It takes me a year to write a full length novel. So, I gave myself thirty days to write the rough draft of this novella.
The first third of the story has been fairly easy to write. The second…
Now I’m getting into Native dress and customs of three different Native American tribes. I can wing the dress until after the first draft, but the customs could impact the story and send it off in another direction.
This blog post is serving as a therapeutic session where I talk myself back off the ledge. I write contemporary fiction not historical. The last thing I want is to inaccurately portray Native American facts and lose credibility. (Like the Chinese, it’s all about face.)
Has your career ever taken a divergent path? Did you get it back on track or did you just go with it?
Connie Gillam is the author of Lakota Dreaming, a Native American romantic mystery, available digitally and in print.
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