I finally finished my first novel and sent it out to many agents. The results were promising but not good; meaning I got some great advice but I didn’t sell the book. For now, I will set it aside and start on my second novel and revisit the first one later. I think it has a good plot, but needs some stronger characters.
For my second book, I’ve decided to make the setting Graham and Eatonville, WA. There is enough lakes and country out there I think it makes a good place for a murder or two. In this book, I’m going to focus a little more on police procedure and have even formed my own sheriff department and county. It will have more characters with more depth and a small town feel.
To get a better visual on things, I went out with my mom a few weeks back and took pictures of potential murder sites. I know its sounds morbid, but it is all for research. As a writer you really have to get involved in the story and each and every character to make it as believable as possible.
Here are some of the pictures I took:
Nice isolated places with little to no houses around. Grassy areas for dumping bodies and all revolving around water, which is part of the story line.
I think I pick some good, scary places. You have to figure out where they are, but with visuals it helps me paint a much more descriptive picture. Hopefully this book will be ten times better than the first.