After countless drafts and edits, I finally managed to get it to a place where I’m happy with it. The challenge with the story is that I have four characters that I wanted to make distinct. Further, I want one character to be unlikeable, and the consensus of my writing group is that I accomplished that. Two other characters, while doing questionable things, I ultimately wanted to be likeable. I feel like I managed to accomplish this, but it was a difficult line to toe.
Another challenge was to realize my character through indirect characterization. For instance, I didn’t to say that Sue was a narcissist. I wanted to show it.
It’s in the publisher’s hands. We’ll see what they think.
I’m interested in many things, from Mars to space travel, music to books, movies to creating my own stories. My sci-fi novel, The Music of Mars, is available now.