I had an AHA moment recently, but I think it still counts, because writers are always on the road to publication. I was stuck in a doctor’s waiting room with my eyes fully dilated, essentially blind. I had my computer, so I started to write my latest novel, starting with the first line. I couldn’t go back and see anything I had written: I could only plow ahead. There was no possibility of editing myself. I wrote for more than an hour. It was terrifying, then liberating. After I could see, I kept everything (minus the hilarious typos).
It’s not revelatory to suggest muting your internal editor on the first draft. But I’d revised two books, and hadn’t written from-scratch in nearly a year. My paralysis was beginning to scare me. It sounds cornball, but I had to go blind to see.
What book or books would most resonate with readers who love your book--or visa versa?
Readers who liked Gone Girl and Dark Places by Gillian Flynn; Fever by Megan Abbott; Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls by Lynn Weingarten; and anything by Courtney Summers and Tana French.
Full disclosure: I am totally parroting what other people tell me. Honestly, I have no idea what the answer to this question is.
What are you working on now?
I’m writing my third contemporary, set in Boston’s upscale Back Bay. It’s about an obsessive friendship that develops despite and because of a murder, a con game, and a mutual love for classic horror novels. Think Single White Female if Bridget Fonda and Jennifer Jason Leigh had really great taste in books.
ABOUT THE BOOKAfter the Woods by Kim Savage
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Would you risk your life to save your best friend?
Julia did. When a paroled predator attacked Liv in the woods, Julia fought back and got caught. Liv ran, leaving Julia in the woods for a terrifying 48 hours that she remembers only in flashbacks. One year later, Liv seems bent on self-destruction, starving herself, doing drugs, and hooking up with a violent new boyfriend. A dead girl turns up in those same woods, and Julia’s memories resurface alongside clues unearthed by an ambitious reporter that link the girl to Julia’s abductor. As the devastating truth becomes clear, Julia realizes that after the woods was just the beginning.
Kirkus calls After the Woods, "A riveting exploration of what it's like when the enemy is much closer than you suspect." (starred review, Nov. 1, 2015)
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Have you had a chance to read AFTER THE WOODS yet? Have you ever tried writing without being able to see what you write? Is it hard for you to write new words after revising for so long? Share your thoughts about the interview in the comments!
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