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What were your writing habits while writing this work- did you drink something as you wrote, listen to music, write in pen and paper, directly on laptop; specific time of day? I most often write on a laptop. In theory, I’m freshest in the morning; in reality, the time of day I can most often work is the afternoon or evening. I have to be drinking something, most often coffee or water, when I write.
What is the summary of this specific fiction work? In this suspense novel, Detective Sharona Feinstein investigates a suicide of a young artist, Gina Abrams. The case is about to close, but Sharona becomes increasingly suspicious that the suicide may have been murder, due to her conversations with the victim’s brother, Jude. Her attention focuses on the victim's neighbor, Barbara Wilcox, who seems obsessed with Gina. She is taking an unusual interest in the case, making odd claims to have been exceptionally close to the victim, harassing Jude, and even apparently stealing some of Gina’s belongings.
Can you give the reader just enough information for them to understand what is going on in the excerpt? This excerpt is a flashback in which Sharona reflects on when and why Wilcox has transferred her obsession for the late Gina Abrams to her, Sharona.
Please include the excerpt and include page numbers as reference. The excerpt can be as short or as long as you prefer.
The person who is the target of obsession is usually quite different from how the stalker/person obsessed perceives her, as she has been idolized and then objectified. The emotional impact for me comes from getting inside the head of the target of obsession, the complete confusion over being targeted and why. Also compelling is getting inside the head of the stalker, the internal emptiness that drives the obsession, in the stalker thinking the victim can fill the obsessed person’s
Were there any deletions from this excerpt that you can share with us? And can you please include a photo of your marked up rough drafts of this excerpt. I write and edit in Word simultaneously, so I have no marked up rough drafts. (Right: Stacia in her office in September of 2015)
Other works you have published? I would like to mention in particular the published short works that feature the same protagonist, Sharona Feinstein: “Father” and “Three Methods to Save Your Life.” Forthcoming are “Group Bonding” and “The Real Me.”
Anything you would like to add? Success as a fiction writer, I’ve found, depends not only on persistence and perfecting your craft but on organization. Especially for a novel, it is critical to have as detailed outline as possible to stay focused and complete the work. One of the reasons I’ve taken so long with “Girl Crush” is I never satisfactorily outlined it. I still believe in the work, however, and won’t give up on it. I’ll continue outlining and drafting it until I complete it. (Left: Stacia in 2016)