The birth of a novel may look easy, but the birthing pains are long and arduous, seemingly never-ending. As was the case with Rescue Me. But that final push to delivery is an amazing, wonderful blessing.
Originally a novella, it was grouped with three author friends. We tried to sell the collection of emergency worker Christian romance stories to a couple of publishing houses. We were rejected at each turn.
It would have been my first published novel. The good news was that while waiting for that one to sell, I managed to get another book, Red Gold, sold to Pelican Book Group (PBG) under the imprint of Harbourlight. As you can imagine, I was thrilled.
Meanwhile, the four of us took our stories and went our separate ways. Now I had a novella, but wanted to make it longer to sell elsewhere. Like PBG. I toiled over how in the world to add to the middle of a completed story. I think that was the hardest thing I’d ever done in my writing. How to keep building on the story, without dragging it just for length.
I had one advantage. My hubby was a volunteer firefighter/E.M.T. for a period of time when we lived in a small town in Minnesota. We had a lot of stories backing up the events in my novel. We left Minnesota thirty years ago, and moved to the beautiful state of Colorado. There were reports of occasional rock slides, fires followed by mud slides. We explored all over the state which helped in forming the rest of the story.
So gleaning from all that, several brainstorming sessions under the stars in our hot tub, my hubby helped me find more scenarios to add to Rescue Me.
Now, lest you think it’s easy to just up and sell a book, it’s not. I did send it to my publisher, and they liked it, but the work was not done. Edits have to be done, consistency has to be checked, publishing schedules have to be met, changes happen within the company, but it was soon edited and ready.
And then I had to wait.
It still took over a year from the contract to getting my book in hand.
The joy of seeing your “baby” in print is worth every moment of anguish in trying to attain the end result. One thing about writing, it takes a lot of perseverance. I’m just stubborn enough to keep going.
Now I have two books under my belt and hope that is just the start. My writing hero is Tracie Peterson, author of over 100 books! Who just so happened to endorse Rescue Me. I can’t tell you how much of a boost that was to my confidence.
So that is the story behind the story of Rescue Me. I hope you get a chance to read it and enjoy the story of Ronnie (otherwise known as Veronica) and Steve. Let me know what you think.
Sandy Nadeau loves to go on adventures, photograph them and equally loves to write about them. She and her husband did a lot of four-wheeling in the back country of Colorado for nearly thirty years. Sandy wrote a column about her community for a local newspaper for twelve years, she also has had several magazine articles published. She loves to write novels about adventure, mystery, romance, but most importantly sharing God’s love. Her first novel Red Gold, released in March of 2014. Her latest, Rescue Me, draws from their years of involvement with a volunteer fire department in MN. She is currently a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers. Married for 39 years, she and her husband are loving life as grandparents to their two grandchildren (with one more on the way) and recently moved to Texas to be closer to them. Travel is their favorite thing to do and they don’t get to do it as often as they’d like. Adventure awaits around every corner, over every hill and mountain.