I can be having a terrible day, everything going wrong, but when I sit down at my desk and boot up my computer, my troubles just disappear. I so lose myself in my story and all the problems just go away. I sometimes sit and type for 5-6 hours and don’t even realize how much time has passed. I get so wrapped up with my character’s lives and events that mine just fade into nothing.
I mean, the vacuum cleaner quit working, or what shall I fix for supper, those are so trivial when compared to the murder and mayhem that Josh and Charlie are dealing with. Not to mention the fact that sometimes my fingers just itch, and nothing helps until I sit back at the computer and keep putting my thoughts into black and white. My writing really is a cure all.
Speaking of murder and mayhem, my first four books were all in the mystery/suspense genre. They were all filled with murder, rape, arson and kidnapping, to name just a few main events. My fourth book, The Color of Thunder, is more of a Christian novel. It tells the life story of a minister and his association with a newspaper reporter who is not a Christian.
Of all four books, can you guess which one had to have a disclaimer? Yep, you guessed it. It was the Christian novel. I was so afraid of offending any of my minister friends that I had to write a disclaimer, avowing that the pastor in my book was totally fictional and was not based on any minister that I know.
Shattered Dreams is finally finished, and it’s pretty exciting. Josh and Charlie had a hard time with this particular case, so Sheriff Dodge Brewster (you may remember him from Fire Light Fire Bright) joins the chase. Shattered Dreams has three murders, plus a fugitive on the FBI’s ten most wanted list. Attempted murder, using a car as the murder weapon, plus much more. I think it’s my most action packed novel to date.
The only problem is that when I type the words, “THE END”, it’s not the end for me. I still have several months of editing and re-writing ahead of me. I hope you’ll be patient, I think Shattered Dreams will be well worth the wait.
P.S. Don’t forget, all four of my books now have special pricing. Order any e-book for the low price of just $2.99 each.
“I discovered your books through my dad, and fell in love with Josh in the Dreams Are Forever series. You’ve become my favorite author and I’ll never forget actually getting to meet you when you came to Arkansas to promote your books. I haven’t read The Color of Thunder yet, but I can’t wait to dig in. Love you Elsie!” -JAIA
‘“Another amazing story by Elsie Varn Harrell! What a great reminder of the gift available to all of us – if only we choose to accept it.” V. Green