Monday, October 31, 2011

From Dark to Light In 30 Days


by Kate Collins

TO CATCH A LEAF comes out this Tuesday, November 1st, which, “coincidentally,” would have been my 14th wedding anniversary. I put that in quotes because I don’t really believe in coincidences any longer. Too many things have happened in the past year that were way too magical to have been sheer coincidence. Anyway, as appalling as it sounds, I was so focused on other things – promoting the new book and writing the next, mainly – that until a few weeks ago, the dual significance of that date totally slipped my mind. Horrible, isn’t it?

That aside, I’m ridiculously proud of this book. My grief counselor dubbed it, “the book of my depression,” although you would never know that now. I’d written a third of it when my husband passed away suddenly, and because of the approaching deadline, I had to finish it in a short amount of time. Somehow, I pushed through my grief and succeeded -- and thought I did a decent job of it – until it came back for revisions. Let me put it this way: My editor gently suggested that the story needed “a little lightening,” when in fact it needed a ginormous sunshine transfusion.

But how was I to do that in a few weeks time when I was still reeling? That was when something wondrous happened. My muse took over. She simply took over my fingers and the words flowed through the keypad and onto the screen. My humor came back. My sense of detail, my characters’ voices, my passion for justice, my love of the little flower shop named Bloomers – they all rushed into the dark void inside me. I can’t tell you exactly how it happened, only that I allowed myself to open up, to listen to an inner guidance that I call my muse, or my guardian angel, if you will. In fact, if you read it carefully, you’ll see a bit of magic she put in herself.

Still, I worried that this book would let down my readers, that the story wouldn’t be up to snuff. Then the first review came in, and I cried. Lori Boness Caswell, at Dollycas’s Thoughts blogsite, gave it five stars and said she wished she could give it ten. More reviews followed – Fresh Fiction, RT, Once Upon a Romance -- and they were all great! What a relief!


I’m really excited about this book, and I truly hope you like it. Tuesday would have been a sad day for me, but thanks to Providence, and my muse, I have reason to celebrate.  

13 comments:

Dru said...

Congratulations on your upcoming release! Woo Hoo!

I'm excited for you and can't wait to see your book on my nook tomorrow morning.

MaryAlice said...

I'm so happy your new book is coming out!!Can't wait for tomorrow!!I know what it takes to push through grief to go on to do something important. It's hard, but the sense of accompishment and well-being is healing in it's self. Always know your readers are with you. Good thoughts with you tomorrow, MaryAlice

ev said...

Nothing happens without a reason. And I am willing to bet that the first draft may not have been what they were looking for, but it was what your heart had to say. Then the revision was what had been hiding and just waiting to be said.

And I think it was your husbands way of saying "Happy Anniversary" to you.

dollycas aka Lori said...

Kate now you made me cry!! I knew this had to be a rough time to write for you and didn't know about the revisions or what your editor said. I just thought you had a wonderful angel helping you write this wonderful story. It truly deserves 10 stars, maybe more.

Lori

Maggie Sefton said...

Congratulations, Kate! You've come through a dark time into the Light. And thanks to your Muse--and Bloomers Flower Shop---you've bloomed. :) Blessings, girl!

Jamie Lee Scott said...

What an awesome story of pushing through. I will put on my list of things to do tomorrow. Buy TO CATCH A LEAF. I do love a good mystery.

Linda McDonald said...

Your husband is smiling down at you and I'm sure is so proud of how you continued to work and finished the book and revisions. Congrats Kate on the new release and the great reviews!

Aurian said...

Congratulations Kate, I hope it makes the lists. I know I am going to buy and read it.

Kate Collins said...

Thank you, ladies. I am really really excited about this book! Hope you all like it.

Anonymous said...

YOur muse knew what she was doing both with original writing and the rewrite.

Tomorrow I will raise a glass of wine in your honor.

Brittney said...

Kate I am a little late posting this as I have been in and out of the hospital the past 3 days. I just wanted to let you know I am already half through the book, my hubby surprised me with it when I was released today! I want you to know what a great person, inspiration, and author you are. I was blessed to have your book to look forward to. Thank you so very much!

Kate Collins said...

Brittney, I hope you are recovering rapidly. What a wonderful husband you have. Sounds like you found your very own Marco. Please enjoy the book in good health. Wishing you all the best,
Kate

Betty Hechtman said...

Congratulations, Kate! I can't wait to read it.