The Genesis of a Book - Lonely Places by A.L. Debran
Since today is Thanksgiving in the United States, it is the
perfect backdrop for the genesis of my story.
The Genesis of Lonely Places
My first published novel,
Lonely Places, is a western romance I started writing when I was 21. Over
the next 30 years, I revisited the story time and again, altering the heroine’s
name, nationality, backstory, and personal characteristics countless times. I
knew the hero (more of an anti-hero) in my heart so well when I started writing
that his story never changed. I just deepened his angst and gave him nastier
inner demons to fight. As I matured, the story matured with me, all the while continuing
to reflect—and sometimes mirror—my life at any given time, which is why the
heroine grew and changed along with me.
Lonely Places is
the work of my heart into which I poured my fears, my anger, my hopefulness in
the face of hopelessness and, ultimately, my loneliness. When I actually put
ideas to paper and began writing the story, I'd been married for three years,
my oldest child was an infant, and I would have two more children by the age of
25. I was also 'raising' a husband who was hell-bent on not growing up. He
never did. We divorced on our 10th anniversary (a satisfying bit of situational
irony). Then a new chapter of my life began, and that involved all the
challenges of being a single mother who went to college and then embarked upon
a career in education.
In many aspects, I am the
heroine of the story, including the head injury with permanent memory loss, finding
my way in the dark hours of loneliness, and discovering I could keep going even
when I didn’t think it possible to see another day dawn. Working on Lonely Places all those years was
therapeutic, and ever present was my hope to publish it someday.
That moment arrived in June of 2006 when Cobblestone Press
opened its cyber doors. Lonely Places
was the first historical/western Cobblestone published, and it was included in
their launch month. It’s published under my first pen name, A.L Debran. To
Cobblestone Press publishers, I am forever thankful and grateful they took a
chance on an aspiring author of a novel that head-hopped like an Easter rabbit.
My editor, with a heart full of patience and determination to teach me the
ropes of romance writing, held my hand every edited scene of the way.
As a point of interest—dating myself here—I hand-wrote the
original draft on reams of notebook paper. I was so proud when I typed it out
for the first time…using a manual typewriter with carbon paper so I’d have a
copy (really, really). Many hand-written revisions later, I typed it again on
an electric typewriter, also using carbon paper. When I discovered computers,
5-inch floppy disks, and Word Perfect, let me tell you, I did a happy dance.
This is the dedication in Lonely Places:
To my children - Heath, Robyne, and Cameron –
Without you, there would have been many lonely places in my life
While I’ve come a satisfyingly long way emotionally,
psychologically, and creatively since the first draft of Lonely Places, loneliness remains a theme that runs through all my
stories. I can’t let it go, even though I conquered that demon years ago. For
me, there’s a difference in being alone, being lonesome, and being lonely. I
can deal with the first two, but when I encounter loneliness, it still hurts me
down deep in a dark place I don’t like to visit, and not just for me, but in a
broader humanity sense. I include animals in my loneliness spectrum, which is
why I have rescue pets, and why I feed stray cats. ;-)
Thanks for letting me share the genesis of my story.
Northeastern Colorado 1890
An unknown gunman takes Elliotte Sorin's memories with a
bullet that was meant to kill her. Beau Hyatt saves her. Memories haunt him
from his gunfighter past, and while he can’t give her the love she deserves, neither
can he let her go. In her loneliness, Elliotte turns to Liam Mederi who offers his
love along with a home and the family she so desperately wants. When deadly
jealousy rages between the two men, the inevitable confrontation threatens to
destroy more than one innocent life.
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