Saturday, August 22, 2015

My First Novel Contributes to My Current Projects

Author Jan Scarbrough
by Jan Scarbrough

When I was in junior high school, I wrote my first book. It was a group project dreamed up by my girlfriends and me. You see, we had out own fan club. I’m dating myself when I tell you we worshiped the Beatles.

Being a fan of the Beatles was not uncommon back then. Some of us were true Beatlemaniacs, while the others were just along for the ride. We called ourselves the Lassies: Julie, Susan, Karen, Deane and me. We met at slumber parties (sleepovers to you youngsters). We ate homemade pizza, drank grape ale (grape juice and ginger ale), listened to Beatle records (using a real record players), and talked about boys.

Some of us even saw the Fab Four. I saw them twice—in Atlanta and then in Memphis the next year. I screamed and sobbed when they ran to the stage on second base at the Atlanta baseball stadium.

The point of this remembrance isn’t really about the Beatles. It’s about how my friends and I wrote our first novel—one chapter at a time. We each took turns writing a chapter until we finished the book.

This practice came in handy when my writing buddy Maddie James and I did the same thing. The Montana McKenna’s Prequel was written one chapter at a time. Maddie wrote the first one. I followed, dropping a bomb at the end of chapter two that Maddie had to deal with. We had a general agreement about where we were going with the story, but didn’t know how we were going to get there. It was fun!

The Montana McKennas Prequel
The Montana McKenna’s Prequel is the love story of James and Liz. It sets up our four book Montana Ranchers Series featuring their children: Brody, Callie, Parker and Mercer. 

You can find out if we pulled off writing chapter-by-chapter if you go to Amazon or your favorite ebook retailer.

Jan can be reached via her Website and Twitter

1 comment:

  1. I love all your books, but especially the ones with horses...which is most of them, right? LOL