I’m Shooting For A Valentine’s Day Release

A Rose For Isabel, my debut novel, is so close to done! I am unbelievably excited and proud about this project. It started with a simple idea that turned into a beautiful romance novel.

I thought about my main character’s name first. I thought it would be interesting to have a male character named Rose (short for Rosencrantz). I toyed with the idea a few years ago, and I even created online profiles for him on social media, and even on PlayStation 4.

I got obsessed. The fact that I got obsessed only further convinced me that I needed to move forward with this character. I wrote one chapter. Just one, and I felt really good about it. It’s still the first chapter of my novel now (though I’ve edited it many times). The funny part was, after writing that chapter and reading it over and over, it didn’t dawn on me until months later that I never mentioned Rose’s name once.

Eventually, as author’s do, I got distracted by another idea that excited me and I went on a bender of writing snippets of stories that never came to fruition.

Then Covid-19 struck.

Forced to be home indefinitely (I initially thought it would be a few weeks, a month tops!), I decided to use the time productively. How often are we forced to take time off work? How often are we forced to stay home? When will this ever happen again? I know there’s tons of sorrow surrounding this pandemic, but the one silver lining for many of us is time.

I asked myself, “When this is over, and people ask what you did during the “break,” are you really going to say you didn’t do anything?”

I reopened the chapter for my novel and haven’t looked back. I set a writing schedule, waking up between 5-6 am daily, and writing for a few hours. Before I knew it, I had written a book. The first draft was finished! I took a break, a few weeks, then went in for a second edit. I reached out to some folks for feedback, and I’ve been using that feedback to keep editing. This book is looking super polished!

All that’s left is to get a cover designed, marketing, and setting a release date. Since it’s a Romance novel, I figured somewhere around Valentine’s day 2021 would be a great idea. That gives me 6 months to do final edits, get the graphics designed, and create a buzz for readers.

For those that have been following along, I appreciate you more than anything. I’m proud of this book, and just writing it has been reward enough, but knowing that there are people out there excited to read it sends me straight to the moon!

A Rose For Isabel – February 2021!

-RJ Harrigan

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