Working On Another Book

I had to take some time to focus on my other works, but I’m finally ready to get back to this pen name. This pen name is a side passion project of mine. Even though I primarily write romance, I also love other genres, and my second favorite is along the dark realm. I like the high suspense/psychological horror kind of feel, and I love the YA group. I read these types of books for pleasure, so I guess it makes sense that I would choose this for Barbara Joan Russell to work on.

Without further ado, here it is:

You're Next ebook cover

This is a standalone book. It’s not a short story. I’m not sure how many words it’ll be when all said and done, but I’m guessing it’ll be anywhere from 35,000 to 40,000 words long. I’m not sure if that is considered a novella or a novel in the YA genre, but when I read YA, I prefer this length.

This one is going to be the rewrite of a book I put through a vanity press over ten years ago. I am going to rewrite the entire book, but the basic premise will stay the same. I’m going to tell this one if first person. I don’t often do that. For this book, however, I need to be in first person point of view because if I were to show other viewpoints, it would ruin the twists and surprises in this book.

This was a lot of fun to write, and I expect rewriting it will be just as fun. Basically, it’s about Heather, a junior in high school, who sees a classmate kill another student. She makes the mistake of not telling anyone right away, and this gives the killer a distinct advantage since it makes the people around her reluctant to believe her. After all, if she had gone for help right away, she’d have more of a case. But shock held her in place, and that will be her undoing because her classmate knows she saw him. And he’s determined to keep her quiet…forever.

Anyway, I’m excited about it. I’ll get to start on it next week. I plan to put this on pre-order. I haven’t decided on a release date though. When I do, and I get it up, I’ll make a post over here.

2 thoughts on “Working On Another Book

    • I almost gave it a fantasy element, but I kind of like the way it ended so I’m keeping it as it was. It definitely needs smoothing out, though. I plan to read through a few pages on each writing day and dictate the new “rewrite”. I haven’t done that before, but I’m hoping it will make the process easier. You know me and my hate of rewrites. 🙂


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