The deed is done.
I’ve revised Libby. I’ve resubmitted the novel for publication. I’ve asked Amazon to notify people who have already downloaded the book, so they have the opportunity to switch to the revised edition if they’d like.
I’ll let you know how it goes . . .
In the meantime, here’s the preface I wrote for this edition.
What a Character
When I write, I don’t exactly “create” characters. But I don’t not create them, either.
Instead, there’s a kind of meeting point where my characters and I collaborate. I begin with vague, shadowy ideas of what they’re like, and as I work they gradually take on lives of their own. They make decisions and do things that I haven’t consciously chosen. They stay within the confines of my original vague ideas, but within those confines they have a great deal of autonomy.
So it shouldn’t surprise me when readers of this book’s first edition saw, in my protagonist Libby Samson, a character I didn’t know I’d created. Continue reading