So first off, Burnaby Burning got its first review. I’m pretty happy. It’s four stars. It reads in part:
Have not read a book yet that followed a similar storyline. Once I got into the story by the end of the first chapter I couldn’t put the book down.
I think those two sentences sum up what’s important to me as an author. A unique plot and compelling story. That’s not to much to demand of myself is it? Think up something novel, and write it very well. It’s harder than it sounds. But I appreciate the review, which can be read here: http://www.amazon.com/Burnaby-Burning-Gordon-McFadden/dp/1480144452/ and clicking the customer review link. This is conveniently located next to the “Buy the Great Book” button. Just saying.
And for the record, when writing Burnaby Burning, I followed the story structure outline by my older brother, Tony McFadden, which he details here : http://www.tonymcfadden.net/wotb/?page_id=826 . I decided to follow his guidelines to see if produced a better structure than I achieved with the writing of Loop Vacation.And I did. The structure is much better. And it is a better book than Loop Vacation, even though I think Loop Vacation has a better plot and could have been a better book.
And this bring me to book number three, currently titled Assassin Rebuild. I have been tinkering with this book for three years now. It has grown entirely organically. I wrote the antagonistic view first. Then a friends mentioned the book would be better if there was a balancing “good guy”. So I added a couple of detectives a year later. At first I wanted the detectives to be the good guys at the beginning of the book, a=but become the bad guys by the end of the book. Then, about six months ago, I thought they should be reusable. Of course the idea of writing a detective series as well received as the Prey series by Sandford is just a dream, you can’t get there if your detectives are corrupt asswipes in your first book that your readers hate. So I made them real good guys. With some personal parts that could be explored in later books.
And the result, as it stands right now, is a big pile of steaming, well written, disconnected yet oddly compelling crap. And maybe well written is a bit of an exaggeration. But it is compelling.
What it needs is structure. So starting in about three minutes – I’m going to make a coffee – I am re-designing the story completely. The bad guys are going to be bad – real fucking bad. The good guys are going to be good but human. And I think I have much better ending.
I have a weeks vacation. I’m supposed to be spending it with my parents what visiting from Nova Scotia. I guess I better make them a coffee too …..