Since I began writing serious fiction, I’ve completed five novel manuscripts. The first of these got the attention of an agent but has never published.
The second manuscript, a very long historical novel set in 12th century France, has also not been published.
My fourth manuscript Absolution became my first published novel after winning the Novello Press Literary Award.
And that third manuscript? It became A Stone for Bread, issued last year by Livingston Press of West Alabama University.
So now my fifth and latest manuscript Sun is one of three finalists being considered for the Carolina Wren Press Lee Smith Prize.
Absolution, A Stone for Bread and Sun, although unconnected in any way, each has sections set in the midst of war, respectively Vietnam, World War II and the Second Seminole Indian War.
I wonder if I should worry what this says about the author.