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What’s the most rewarding part of writing for you?
There are a million different reasons why people write, and a million different rewards. For me, one of the most rewarding parts of writing is the act of creating. An editor once told me, while I was angst-ridden over all these articles that talked about the rules of writing, that writing is an art and as the artist, I get to determine what the final outcome is going to be. That singular comment crystallized what I love most about writing. I chose to write novels which isn’t to say I’m not interested in short stories or non-fiction but with the novel, as challenging as it is, each element is its own reward, whether it’s creating the characters, the setting, the plot or figuring out what to cut and what to keep. There are virtually no limits to what one can do with a novel and that makes it a worthwhile endeavor.
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that audience feedback is also one of the most rewarding aspects of writing. It’s rare that you’ll find someone who writes for the sole purpose of having his or her work live in the bottom of a drawer for all eternity. For those who take the craft seriously and want longevity as a writer, that audience feedback is critical no matter what form it takes. I was the guest author at my first Book Club meeting recently and it was amazing because I was pelted with questions from 13 people, each with a different experience of the book. Some members wanted a clear understanding of my writing process from concept to fully developed story. Some explained that they liked the book because I used real places in Boston where the novel is set and that added an element of realism they related to. One member bought the book for her friend who is also an author, and one bought a copy for her 80-year old mother who she says loved the book. I’ve discovered that one of the scariest things about writing is also one of the most rewarding. The writer can’t control what’s going to happen once the work is out there. I was very specific about my reader demographic for Conspiracy of Silence but that went out the window because the readers who’ve given me their feedback defy generational and demographic boundaries, and that may just be the best reward of all.
Conspiracy of Silence
by Gledé Browne Kabongo
Nina Kasai is a gorgeous, Ivy League educated executive who would do anything to keep her past a secret, even from her husband. Seventeen years ago, she ran for her life and the truth has been locked away in the pages of her hidden diary, and in the mind of a disturbed woman who will never tell—ever.
When Nina lands the cover of a prestigious business magazine however, she can no longer hide from the powerful enemy she escaped. Phillip Copeland wants to be the next Governor of Massachusetts and he’s not above using his power and influence to silence Nina. He warns her to keep quiet about what happened all those years ago—or else.
As the stakes are raised, both politically and personally, Nina realizes the only way to win this game is to tell the truth. But who will believe her since her diary has been destroyed, and the only other witness isn’t talking?
Nina’s one chance at reclaiming her life hinges on a dramatic courtroom battle where nothing is as it seems. And when the verdict is read, four lives will be forever altered.
The telephone rang at three a.m. A drowsy Nina answered it.
“I have bad news.”
She didn’t need a psychic to tell her that. It was three in the morning.
“What is it?” she asked Dan McCloud.
“It’s Constance Buckwell. She’s dead, Nina.”
Nina turned on the lamp on the nightstand and rubbed the sleep from her eyes.
“How could she be dead? I just spoke to her last night. She emphatically told me she was going to lie on the witness stand.”
“It’s a tough break, for her and for us.” Dan McCloud couldn’t hide his disappointment. Even at this ungodly hour, he was thinking like a lawyer.
“How did she die?” Nina asked.
“Heart attack. She was on her way home and collapsed on the bus. She made it to the hospital alive but died shortly afterwards.”
“This isn’t a good time to bring this up, but we just suffered a major setback and we need to rethink our strategy,” McCloud said. “This case is going to come down to your testimony. I’m still optimistic about our chances, but you have to be the most compelling witness in this case. Your recollection of details is what’s going to persuade a jury to vote for a conviction. Can you meet me at seven?”
Nina shook Marc awake. “We have big trouble.”
“What?” he asked without moving.
“Constance is gone. No more star witness.”
Marc popped up like a Jack-in-the-Box. “Where did she go?”
To hell is my best guess.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Gledé Browne Kabongo began writing at age 14 when she covered soccer matches for her hometown newspaper. She has also written for the Patriot Ledger and Metrowest Daily News, two Massachusetts based newspapers. She earned a master’s degree in communications from Clark University, and once had dreams of winning a Pulitzer Prize for journalism. These days her dreams have shifted to winning the Pulitzer for fiction, and a Best Screenplay Academy Award. For the past decade, Gledé has worked in senior marketing roles for organizations in the Information Technology, publishing and non-profit sectors. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and two sons.
Author website: http://www.gledebrownekabongo.com
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