Oboe

Oboe

by Robert P. French

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BN ID: 2940161854624
Publisher: Robert P. French
Publication date: 09/11/2018
Series: Cal Rogan Mysteries , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

My life as a writer began around February 12th, 2003. At the beginning of that year, I had reluctantly decided to leave the company I had put my heart and soul into, as Chief Technology Officer, and was doing what all techies do when out of work—trying to find some consulting projects. After a long morning on the phone, I opened a new WORD document and started to write a story that had been sitting in the back of my mind for months. I wrote until near midnight. I was hooked. I worked for several months on that book and stalled after about 30,000 words. I turned to my trusty helper, The Writer's Handbook, a book published in the 1960's as a series of essays by well known authors. I opened the book at random and found a bit of advice: if you get stuck on one book, put it to one side and write another... which is exactly what I did. I wrote a business thriller, anchored in some of my experiences in the world of high-tech. It was called by the awful name Vengeance dot com. I received over seventy rejections.

Then I discovered Lisa Rector-Maass, an independent editor in New York City. I was so impressed with what she had to say that I engaged her to help me with the book, now renamed Sting the Scorpion. Lisa did a wonderful thirty-seven page review of the book, pointing out everything that was right with it and everything that was wrong and why. After studying this review, I decided that I would need a major rewrite and, even then, I did not know if it would be a winner. I mentally reframed the three years spent as my apprenticeship.

While writing, I was earning my living by doing consulting work and had a client in the downtown east side of Vancouver. Every day on my way to the office, I would carefully step around needles and other drug paraphernalia, discarded by addicts. I often used to walk past an alley that was always teeming with addicts and I got obsessed with the idea of how awful it would be to wake up one morning in that alley. Thus was Junkie born. I worked with Lisa from day one and she was my editor, writing mentor and friend. If you are a writer you could not do better than to make her your editor.

Junkie was finished in November, 2010 and the work of submitting to agents began. After six months, I got tired of the waiting and went indy. I think it might have been the best decision ever. Time will tell.

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