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A Writer’s Dilemma

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You have your idea. You have your conflict. You have your characters and you have your story. You start typing and it flows. Until you get about halfway. Now what?

Writers have been facing this dilemma since writing began. That’s why some writers outline their entire novel or work before they even start. It helps them to know where they are going with the story.  Writing an outline has never worked for me. 

I’m what they call in writing circles a “pantser.” I write by the seat of my pants. I agree with long-time prolific writer Caleb Pirtle III, author of the Ambrose Lincoln series and the Boomtown Saga.  I like to see where the characters take me. But sometimes they get stuck. Or I become blind or deaf. I can’t tell where they are going and they don’t seem to want to share with me. I’m just the author, after all.

What do I do about this problem? Some people call it writer’s block. I don’t like that term because it suggests that the river of my thoughts and imagination has been dammed up. I still have the river, I just can’t tell where it wants to go.

Take my work in progress, for example. I’ve titled it Keeper III: The Blackout. My characters Emmalee and Elliott have a good thing going. They are attracted to each other, have started dating, and the relationship is beginning to grow.  Emmalee’s old boyfriend Jace has resumed stalking her.  Emmalee’s coworker Gilbert constantly gets on her nerves. The power keeps going off at the zoo and in town.  Now what?  Where do I take the story?

How serious do Emmalee and Elliott become?  Will Jace become violent towards Emmalee?  What will she do about Gilbert?  What is causing the frequent blackouts?

See what I mean?  These are questions I want my reader to ask, but first I have to answer them.  I best get to work.  The solutions seem to flow straight from the seat in the chair to the brain in the head to the fingers on the keyboard.  

Stay tuned. . .

XOXO

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It’s finally here! The Keeper . . .



Jolie Sowell is not looking for love. As a young single mother with a toddler daughter and a full-time job as a night zookeeper, she barely has time to comb her hair, much less forge a relationship.

After a shotgun marriage ended in divorce and left her with a baby, she just isn’t interested in men. But when her friend Kaycie talks her into going on a blind date, she has to reconsider. Cade Bishop has looks, style, charm, charisma, and a steady job. Does she dare believe that she might find real love and a father for her little girl?

Timber City Zoo, in the heart of East Texas, is a small but world-class haven for well-tended wildlife as well as a tourist destination and school field trip favorite. Jolie loves her job there. But when her supervisor Jay is injured in a storm and she finds a dead squirrel monkey out of its enclosure, she starts to wonder. Soon more animals die and then even some employees.

Someone who knows the inner workings of the zoo is on a killing spree, someone with keys to every lock and gate. To her utter dismay, her parents and Cade urge Jolie to find another job and leave the only place she has ever wanted to work.
Shattered from the latest death and feeling pressured by Cade and her parents, Jolie flees Timber City only to return when another coworker is badly injured.

What animal or which keeper will be next?

Can Jolie help stop the killing?

Will her relationship with Cade survive?



Get your digital copy here:  https://www.amazon.com/Keeper-April-Coker-ebook/dp/B07NVSR9KY/ref=sr_1_1?crid=279G1CG9BZ4TT&keywords=the+keeper+by+april+nunn+coker&qid=1550772330&s=gateway&sprefix=The+Keeper+by+April+%2Caps%2C256&sr=8-1-spell
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Thank you!

XOXO