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Having now announced the novel's availability, I wanted to take a few moments just to look back.

A fiery explosion rips through the night. No one knows what happened to the young woman who lived at 17 Market St. No one but Phoenix and the man she plans to take down.

This is the premise of my novel. It’s an epic tale of love, intrigue and the dark side we all possess. It’s an exploration of what happens when we choose that side of ourselves.

I first got this idea when I began working as a journalist back in 1996. The newspaper office in this story is loosely based on the office I worked at. I won’t say too much about the people I worked with, but many of the background characters are loosely based on people I’ve met.

I’ve tried to represent as much of the New Zealand culture and environment as I can. Some of the characters are based on characters you will find in everyday New Zealand. You will find some NZ slang in the book.

I try to insert as much realism as I can into my stories (those outside of fandom) and I try to keep the dialogue as real as possible. People do tend to shorten things, miss out verbs etc. It was often pointed out in the beta stage that this wasn’t grammatically correct, but one thing that does kind of annoy me sometimes about television dialogue is the way people talk. They don’t always reflect the character and sometimes it’s just too formal. It’s too easy to tell the speech has been scripted. People don’t usually talk that way. It’s a reflection of their education or their upbringing, I guess. Or lack thereof.

The main character in this story, Phoenix, is a bitch. She is not a nice person. Then again, this is a woman who is focused on one thing and that’s to destroy a man who has destroyed her life. She is unable to reconcile herself with who she is now and who she used to be: Abby, whom she perceives as weak. She does the exact opposite of what Abby would have done in order to hide her true identity. She presents herself as tough and uncompromising, even if it is just a facade. It’s a ‘fake it til you make it’ kind of proposition.

The problem with that is, when you choose to become someone else, you may end up paying a high price. This is the dilemma that Phoenix faces when she falls for the second protagonist of this story. She fights it, she thinks it’s wrong, but she falls anyway.

Michael, on the other hand, starts off the story as a very angry man. He’s been betrayed in the worst way by someone he thought he loved, and has lost someone who was like family to him and he’s hurting.

I initially worried about the amount of profanity he uses in the flashback chapter introducing him, but then I had a think about it. The profanity is necessary because of where he is emotionally at that point in time.

The fact that he noticeably doesn’t use profanity by the time he meets Phoenix says much about his control, and the place he is in his life. In my view, this is why he ends up falling for her as well. Because he’s in a better place emotionally and is ready to open himself up for it. Yes, she lies to him and in effect, betrays him, but he chooses to believe he can help her. In essence, he’s grown up.

When I first wrote this story, I had a different structure in mind. I was going to have it as present day, flashback, present day, flashback, but in the beta stage it was pointed out to me that there were no signposts. Unlike a certain tv show (which doesn’t always do it successfully), which does have signposts. So, with that in mind, I have kept to a fairly strict format of prologue, present day chapter (to set the scene), then flashback chapters before moving back to present day.

I opted for the less ‘Hollywood’ ending where the couple walk off into the sunset together. They're together, but will they stay together ... who knows?

Will there be a sequel? Well, that’s for me to know.

Well, that’s my story. If you do read it, I hope you enjoy it. If you don’t, well, that’s okay too. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea.

There are a few people I wanted to acknowledge. Firstly, Carol (ctbn60). Carol not only looked over the novel in its draft form, she also did the beautiful cover. I said this in my testimony on her website and I'll say it here. She really captured the essence of the novel. This isn't just a romance, it's a darker kind of romance.

If you would like to see her professional page (and yes I am shamelessly plugging, but who wouldn't?), check out Carol's Cover Designs.

Secondly (and thirdly), Mary Ellen (gem65) and Steve (cygnusx1 on KSite), without whom this book would never have been written in the first place and who have helped me in the past year to tighten it up and edit it. They, along with Carol, encouraged me and pushed me and I really mean that it wouldn't have been completed without them. Thank you my dear friends. You have no idea how much it means to me.

Next is Mary (me_ya_ri) who has been very patient with my endless questions and frustrations with getting it to the right format for publication. Without your encouragement and patience, my dear, I don’t think I would have made it.

To Dee (babydee1), Jan (eternal_moonie), Jen (jlvsclrk), bradygirl_12, mari2anne, svgurl, tallihensia and the others who have been my cheering squad over the past five years I’ve been writing in fandom, thank you for helping me to become a better writer. The book is as much for you guys as it is for me. If I've missed anyone, I am deeply sorry and I don't mean to.

Thank you to you all for becoming a part of my life.

With much love, phoenixnz.

Check out my Facebook page. Feel free to friend me there. This is not going to be my personal page, though, as I deactivated that, and it's going to be solely for my writing under my pseudonym.


( 13 comments — Leave a comment )
Apr. 2nd, 2014 08:24 am (UTC)

What an INCREDIBLE achievement!!

Apr. 3rd, 2014 04:57 am (UTC)
Thank you Jan, it means a lot that you've been behind me all the way.
Apr. 2nd, 2014 03:30 pm (UTC)
*cheers wildly* I gotta go buy it this evening! (No wifi at work, sadly)

Congratulations, sweetie, and you're so welcome. I'm glad that I could help! :D

*all the hugs*
Apr. 3rd, 2014 04:58 am (UTC)
Thank you Mary. You are a real sweetheart.
Apr. 2nd, 2014 09:13 pm (UTC)
Welcome to the self-publishing fold! Methinks this will be the first of many. Well done! :-)
Apr. 3rd, 2014 04:58 am (UTC)
I've no doubt, lol. I still have a ton of ideas.
Apr. 2nd, 2014 11:11 pm (UTC)
More congrats, honey! You've done a wonderful thing! :)

*more BIG hugs* ;)
Apr. 3rd, 2014 04:59 am (UTC)
Thank you hon, I'm really glad I did it.
Apr. 3rd, 2014 03:39 am (UTC)
Congrats to you! You must feel a great sense of achievement.
Apr. 3rd, 2014 04:59 am (UTC)
I really do. I'm so glad I finally took that leap.
Apr. 5th, 2014 11:14 am (UTC)
And no thank for me?
i helped you about Paris Chapter I'm Sas now i sream and cry voila
Apr. 5th, 2014 04:45 pm (UTC)
Re: Sad
I didn't mean to leave you out my friend. Of course you helped me with the chapter. I probably left out quite a few people who have been encouraging me, but I couldn't name everyone :(
Apr. 6th, 2014 08:40 am (UTC)
Re: Sad
Hahahahaha i joking i love be eccentric, is just for watch the reaction hahahahaha in reality i no prob .
Now after my heart attack i decided to be happy and play hahaha.

Post Scriptum good novel i no finish to read but i transalted in french
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