Tuesday, 16 March 2010
The "unsellable" novel by Deb Kinnard
Deb Kinnard, author of the upcoming novel, "Damages" (releasing 1 APR 2010) pops into the blog today. Enjoy! Steph. And now, here's Deb
Markets can be fickle brats (so can Muses, but that's another post). I seem to have become very good at writing Books That Won't Sell. I've written a spousal abuse book, a time travel romance, and a love story set in 973 Wales.
Why can't I just get with the program and write bonnet books? I don't really know for sure...
A couple of years ago, when I came to agreement with my wonderful agent, Tamela Murray, we talked about what finished projects I had and where they might be pitched. I mentioned a book dear to my heart, called DAMAGES. "Oh," said she, "I don't think that's gonna fly."
"It centers around an ungodly marriage."
Now granted that the Christian fiction market has its own quirks. We talked about the core of the book and I explained that the story tells how Brian and Cassidy change their marriage into everything that's right and beautiful and God-honoring.
Let's just say Tamela still wasn't feeling the love. With regret I shelved the book. It was only a couple of years later that I floated the idea again. Hey, maybe the market had changed a little?
"Tell you what. Let's check if Desert Breeze might be interested," she said.
And lo! The book the market didn't want has found a home. I'm tickled to pieces.
Read more about Brian and Cassidy's journey from a very strange agreement to a lovely marriage in DAMAGES, releasing April 1.
Do I still write out of the box? Probably. Will I ever get with the Christian fiction mainstream program? Probably not.
Thanks, Deb for stopping by.