I wanted to take a minute to talk to you about Lane’s Girl, which I am going to start posting tomorrow as a serialized novel on the blog. I know that we’ve already done the whole Lane’s Girl/Rebecca Stories post, but that’s more about the Rebecca Stories, really, and Lane’s Girl is something else entirely. But not entirely enough to be its own book (Stephen King would probably have a good court case to sue my ass if I published it traditionally). It’s also not long enough to be its own book (it’s just over 50k), so even if I made the world they live in different enough from TDK and erased every mention I’ve made on the internet of LG being a TDK-ish fanfic, it would still be a little short for a novel.
I’ve been writing the Rebecca Stories for over six years now, and Lane’s Girl grew out of the TDK fanfic into it’s own little world, with its own form of government and its own bad guys. I storylined most of it while I was cleaning my apartment to move to a new one (you cannot believe how long it took me to clean the oven that year!) and then actually wrote it during my first NaNoWriMo in 2005. By that point I knew the story and the characters so well that it only took me 19 days to write the first draft (which is Extra Weird because 19 is the magic number in TDK).
Lane’s Girl itself is written jumping back and forth between the present and Lane’s memories of Rebecca in the past. It takes place after her death, but I promise you will see plenty of Rebecca throughout. It’s also got more cursing in it than most of my current work, which had trended towards the YA/NA genres.
And now you know a little bit of background, which is more than you would get if it was published traditionally 🙂