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The Story Behind the Story – Backseat to Justice

The Story Behind the Story

Backseat to Justice was never intended to be a book.

Unlike No Good Deed, which was I didn’t plan on writing at all, I had every intention of writing Backseat, but no intention of actually releasing it as a novel.

Lemme ‘splain…

After sending the completed manuscript of Pump It Up to the editor, I found myself with some spare time on my hands.

At the time I belonged to an on-line writing group. A few of us decided to try writing a story together. The idea was for each of us to write a chapter, then pass it along to the next person in line. That person would write the next chapter, pass it on, and it would keep going, theoretically until the story was finished.

I was selected to write the opening chapter, which I did. I handed it off to the next person and the ball was rolling. Unfortunately it didn’t roll very far. Enthusiasm faded, inspiration fizzled and the personal lives of the participants interfered. I think we had about 7 chapters written before the whole idea was scrapped.

I was pretty happy with the opening chapter I had written so I cleaned it up and posted it on my blog.

A few people read it and asked me where they could purchase the book it belonged to.

I had to explain that there was no book – which was not well received. Then I had an idea that would give me something to do with my spare time and give people something to read. Each week I posted a new chapter to the story.

It would be like a Charles Dickens serial.

By the time it was finished I was very happy with it, as were the twenty, or so who had been following along as I posted chapters.

I had intended to leave it on the blog as a serial, but the feedback was so positive that releasing it as a novel seemed like a good idea…


…and that’s the story behind that story.


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