by Wesley Banks
NA Contemporaryebook, 202 pages
May 26th 2015
Taking a chance on the words of a local grocer, Katie stumbles upon a rare breed of dogs raised by the town doctor and his nephew Kyle. The only problem? Kyle isn’t interested in telling stories—especially not to a big-city girl who can’t seem to sit still. In an attempt to win him over as the clock winds down, Katie finds herself immersed in Kyle’s world, doing everything but writing.
When inspiration finally strikes, Katie is faced with an unforeseen catastrophe and a truth she can no longer ignore. While she has come to love the dogs, the real story may be about Kyle Walker.
Wesley recently moved from Florida to Oregon to get back to the great outdoors that he’s love so much. He lives with my wife Lindsey, and his two dogs Linkin and Story. Most of his time these days is spent writing, with as much rock climbing, hiking, or skiing as they can fit in.
Wesley’s debut novel, “Hope In Every Raindrop,” is set to be released May of 2015.
"Searching for the Next Great Story"
My sister called the other day to check in and the first thing she asked is, "What are you doing?"
"I'm writing," I said.
"Writing? I thought you were done with your book."
"I am. I'm writing the next one."
She couldn't believe it. I had spent over a year writing Hope In Every Raindrop, and to her it was almost as if I was abandoning the book already. That couldn't be farther from the truth.
Hope In Every Raindrop is very near to my heart. Mainly because it was loosely based on my first dog, Pace, and the world of her very rare breed. But as a writer it's almost a compulsion to keep writing. Even when I'm not writing, I'm thinking about scenes, or plots, or characters.
That's the hardest part about finding my next story. My mind doesn't shut down.
I have 4 major notes I use on Evernote:
The characters file is pretty self explanatory. I write down names, or personality types of people (or animals) as they come to me. For example, just last year my wife and I went on a safari in South Africa, and our tracker's name was Reckson. That's an awesome name, so that went into the character file.
Phrases may be the file I love and hate the most. I keep a quote book next to my bed that has something like 15,000 quotes in it, and I read a few each night. The problem is I like them all and end up with tons in this file.
Titles is definitely my favorite file. Who doesn't like making up titles for books? It's almost like having the end result without doing all the hard work of writing.
And finally plots. Right now I have 23 plot ideas that mainly consist of 5-7 bullet points containing the beginning, end, and any major themes. My wife is the only person I share these with, and she helps me flesh out which idea has the most potential.
In the end, I'm never really searching for my next story. I'm more or less fighting the battle of having way too many ideas!
May 21st - Launch
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May 27th - Mommabears Book Blog
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June 1st - My Love for Reading Keeps Growing
June 2nd - A Novel Kind of Bliss
June 3rd - Grand Finale
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