I'm still plugging along on the Louisiana book and what I am finding is that there is just so much history and so much material that the trick is going to be narrowing it down.
I'm a big believer in a book being the length it needs to be. For instance, The Bottle Tree is a fairly short book because…it is a fairly short book. Even when an agent told me they were interested if I would make the book longer I turned them down because the extra stuff I tried to write for it just didn't flow correctly.
I try to write the way people talk and I also try to not add anything into the writing that doesn't need to be there.
However, this is my first attempt to write a historical fiction book and I can tell right away that the hard part is going to be cutting back on what i write.
I've already decided that I'm going to mention the history of my hometown, Natchitoches, in this book but I'm going to save the details for a book specifically on Natchitoches which I hope to finish in 2014 to coincide with the 300th anniversary of its founding. However, even knowing I am going to cut that back the amount of information is still daunting!
You guys keep an eye out here for more updates. The book should be finished by late spring or early summer and I may have another one finished before then.