From the Desk of Cherie Noel:
This idea of yours to have a reading challenge for GayRomLit was fecking brilliant. I hope everyone has told you that. I have a ton of reading to do still, but I may actually get caught up.
I wanted to take a moment to talk about the Soldier & the State Trooper, why it’s so dear to my heart, and what I’m working on to follow it up. The Soldier & the State Trooper was originally birthed in response to an open call for submission. The publisher I wrote the original short for declined my little story, written back in February of 2011. I won’t lie and say that didn’t sting, because it did. I really like the work that press publishes, and I was sad that I wasn’t going to be one of their writers. Fortunately for me, as well as for Christie and Robert, I’d already found Patric Michael, my Balthazar, and he told me in a wonderful way to get up, dust off my hiney and keep moving.
Um, not in those words.
Patric used all his wizardly word skills and made me an enchanted pair of spectacles to look at my own work through. I spotted some flaws, and set about fixing them. Three weeks later, The Soldier & the State Trooper had morphed from a medium length short story to a full length novel.
Another dear friend beta read the book for me and persuaded me to submit it to Mlr press. Mlr sent me thoughtful, detailed rejection letter…well, sort of. The missive was really more of a please revise and resubmit this. We like it, but can’t give you a contract as it stands. I revised, and then resubmitted.
Eight days later, a contract showed up in my inbox. It’s really a good thing the weather was still cold so the neighbors didn’t have to deal with my crazy squeals of joy! LOL.
Now I’m working on Evans’s story. Evans was Christie’s best friend and comrade at arms in the first story.
Oh. One last thing. I’m going to post an excerpt from Evans’s story over at my blog today. If you pop over and post a comment, you’ll automatically be entered to win a signed print copy of The Soldier & the State Trooper. Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy.