Some of you might remember a few weeks back I mentioned editing work I’d started when I was sixteen years old. Well, here’s the result.
That’s right, folks! The very first book I ever wrote is now available for pre-order on Amazon.
I started Animal Instinct when I was a wee sixteen year old high school student and finished it my freshman year in college under the eye of professors who knew far more about writing than I did. I didn’t come back to it again until my last semester in grad school. After blowing the dust off and wincing at the old bad writing habits, the real editing began.
It’s taken a decade for this book to see the light of day but I’m actually glad about that. If I’d released it to the world as it was all that time ago, today it would only serve as a time capsule. All the parts of me that I’d outgrown, lessons I hadn’t had the maturity to learn, would be immortalized. And I’d rather not have one of my novels serve as a specter of past flaws, writing and personal.
If nothing else, I think my characters deserve better from me and I’m happy I gave it to them.
For a long time whenever anyone asked what Animal Instinct was about I’d give the shortest answer possible. “Vampires and horses.” That summary is still true but it leaves out a lot.
Appropriately enough, Animal Instinct is about learning how to be better. It’s about people who believe they know the best way to do things only to discover something so much better was waiting just out of sight. It’s a journey where the characters have to put aside the habits that had worn out their usefulness and take a good, long look at their mistakes.
But hey, there’s still plenty of vampires and horses. Go check out the summary if you don’t believe me!
Animal Instinct is due to be released Oct. 21, 2017. Go get those pre-orders in, friends. I’ve got a personal goal of 100 and here’s where we stand so far: 2/100