The draft is just over 90,000 words and 395 pages. Oddly, within a couple thousand words of where my first two novels ended. I’m pleased with the characters, story, and energy of the book, but now the real work begins, turning 395 pages of draft into a novel. This is the tough part, but I hate spending months writing a novel and then having a reader start off a review telling me I changed tense twice in the same paragraph. Ugh!!!
The first chapter of Melting Sand can be seen on my blog at