First of all, let me just say that you guys are awesome. I know that I’ve been a ball of raw emotion since May, but you all have supported me through two books (The Contingency Plan and Volume 5 of the Chronicles of Young Dmitry Medlov) and one hell of a divorce.
Here we are in December of 2012 and everyone’s waiting. The World In Reverse was supposed to be out a thousand times and yet I’ve not finished it. Well, there is good reason for it.
You all deserve quality and I don’t want to give you anything less.
The World In Reverse is a complicated book, because I have to break down the character of Nicola and give the side of him that no one has ever seen. What’s even harder is that I used to base this character on this one guy. It was my fail-safe to getting the story right, but now, I realize that I need a true villain with redeeming qualities to mold this character after and since Mark is my muse for the Dmitry character, I’ve had to branch out.
My cop friends have also been very patient with me. I ask a hundred questions and play out a thousand scenarios just to be told that “that would never happen.” After they laugh for about thirty minutes, then they proceed to tell me how it would really happen.
And the kid killing thing is really hard to write because I don’t like children being harmed at all. So, basically, I have to wrap my head around the major challenge in writing this new animal called Nicola Agosto.
Since I’ve started on it (I had to restart because the first try was a mess), I haven’t been able to stop. Writing this book is like crack. I actually enjoy every minute of it. It’s keeping me up late nights and starting off early days for me.
I have to say that when the time comes, I truly think it will be a good book.
So that leads to your second question. “When is the damn book going to be done?”
The real answer is that I don’t know. It could be the end of this year it could be the first of January. All I can promise you is that there are 15-17 chapters in this book. 15-17 really hard, deep chapters and 150 pages of no double space, small font work. I’ll let you know as I get through the three phases. Chapters 1-5, chapters 6-10 and chapters 11-15. We can discuss them to keep you from being bored with me and when Karen reads over it and says that it’s disaster free, we’ll drop it.
Getting used to a my second new house (long story), a completely different lifestyle and all the running that is now required of me has been quite the challenge, but it also has been exhilarating. You just don’t realize what you are capable of until you actually do it. Of course, I can’t sit in my office and write all day for the time being. I’m actually back to my old firm working hard as a senior consultant but I love it too. I’m blessed because I don’t do anything that I don’t love. I love Public Relations; I love writing novels; I love taking care of my beautiful kids and I love my house. So, while it’ a hell of a lot on the plate, it’s all good. I have nothing but good things to say.
Productivity when it comes to pushing out books may be slower, but I assure you that it won’t be any less tantalizing. Plus, I have these little nooks all throughout my new house to write: by the fireplace, at the bar, in the bedroom nook at this awesome desk, out on the patio, it’s endless. I’m learning how to be Latrivia Nelson 2.0, well 3.0 if you count that thing in collegeJ
It’s not an easy thing to do and I wouldn’t recommend it for those just looking for something to do, but for those who must, I encourage you. I can tell you that it’s not so bad actually. I had forgotten what the sun looks like rising over a cup of coffee or sun sets at all for that matter. I was too busy before, but even though I’m twice as busy now, being alone gives me time to see what I was missing when I was so busy taking care of someone else. God is amazing. The devil steals and then God replaces it with something or someone even more beautiful. And if you’re really lucky, He gives you both.
People have been writing and asking if I’m still going to write stories. They think that I’ve given up on the entire notion of love, but how can I when God’s love is so great and my children’s love is so amazing, and my friends’ love is so incredible and the love that I have for myself is still in tact?
I’m still in the game, people. I’m still looking at people walking down the street wondering what love looks like from their shoes. I’m still a romantic. I just need time to ball it all up and put it tightly back into one package again. In the meantime, I write. I write because I love it and I love you guys. No bad reviews, no crazy emails, nothing will keep me from doing what I love most…telling a damn good story.
XoXo and all of that jazz,
Latrivia S. Nelson
National Bestselling Author and Certifiable Bad Ass