So you know those fools you see running out of a haunted house, screaming their heads off as a madman with a chainsaw chases after them? You know the people I’m talking about. We’ve all seen them. The people who can’t grasp that there isn’t a chain on the end of that saw and it’s not a madman truly chasing them.
What’s wrong with these people?
Hi. I’m Esmerelda Bishop and I’m one of these fools.
The answer to the question is simple: an overactive imagination. You see, I do grasp it’s not real. But there’s a little portion of my brain that takes me completely into the moment and I forget reality. All I hear is the menacing sound of a chainsaw revving, all I see is the bloodied corridor I’m trapped in, and all I think is “Holy hell, I’ve got to get out of here.”
I love this part of my psyche. It makes me the writer I am. I’m not ashamed of my overactive imagination. I’m not embarrassed about it—even though it sure gives my friends some stories to tell. I embrace it and allow my imagination free rein.
Writers are special breed. I’m not saying all writers run screaming out of haunted houses, or sacrifices a friend to the chainsaw wielding madman by pushing her toward the raving lunatic then running—that’s just me. But the one thing we do have in common is a vivid imagination and the ability to bring it to life on paper. Although, for me, the latter took a lot longer to achieve than the former.
I started writing The Panther’s Lair a few years ago and shelved it after about 4,000 words. The story wasn’t working. About a year ago, I needed a break from a current WIP and started going through my “shelved” files. Honestly, I’d forgotten I’d even started this story and the stuff I was reading was utter crap, but it had potential. Lots of potential. It needed a major makeover, but the most important thing was the characters were actually talking to me.
So I went with it. Boy, am I glad I did. There are many milestones a writer aims to reach throughout their journey to publication: writing “The End” for the first time, putting your baby out there for the world to judge, getting the first rejection letter, and then your first sale. Although Carina Press was not my first sale, being offered a contract to be part of this wonderful publishing house was a huge milestone for me. I’m so thankful for the opportunity to be among such talented authors and work with such a fantastic editor. Yes, Kym Hinton, I’m talking about you. So here is a huge Thank You to Carina Press for taking a chance on The Panther’s Lair. I’ve enjoyed every minute of this journey with you.
Stay tuned for a blog about The Panther’s Lair. My cover is scrumptious!
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