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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Tuesday Spotlight: K.M. Daughters

Our Amazing Editor…

Joelle Walker edits our Sullivan Boys books for The Wild Rose Press, Crimson Rose (romantic suspense), “Men In Uniform” series. January 26, 2008 – the date Joelle “CALLED” us with a contract offer for the first book in the series, counts as one of the luckiest days in our lives – because it was the day we “met” this special lady and forged the collaborative relationship we continue to treasure.

Joelle is a pro, period (and exclamation point). As newbie authors, we had no experience with the editorial process. Honestly, we didn’t even know how to track changes in word processing software (luckily we figured it out and never had to admit that to Joelle :-)). Our first round of line edits provided us with a virtual, university course in the science and art of crafting superior novels.

Early in our relationship we sent a cartoon to Joelle with a bubble caption, “A Good Editor Never Sleeps.” Doesn’t that evoke the image of eyes eternally propped open? LOL. Surely our Joelle must not blink, because she never misses a single, punctuation edit or an opportunity to suggest word choice/sentence structure revisions.

Her praise delights us, and her criticism stokes our determination to impress her – so as to receive more praise. She informs our work with a patient, incisive, (brutally) honest and unerringly insightful style. Responding to Joelle’s editorial requirements comprises the hardest, happiest work imaginable, second only to writing the novel before she commandeers its refinement. CAPTURING KARMA is the third novel Joelle has edited. Recently she acquired Book 4, ALL’S FAIR IN LOVE AND LAW, and we’ll embark on our first round of edits in the near future. Our WIP is Book 5 – the culmination of the Sullivan Boys Series. When the final edits are done on the series, we can’t decide which prospect is more difficult: “good-bye” to the Sullivan family or no planned collaboration in sight with Joelle.

Veterinarian Matty Connors’ visions lead her to homicide detective Brian Sullivan once again despite her resolve to remain anonymous the past four years. Her official work with the police in California resulted in the brutal murder of her fiancé, and since, a recurrent nightmare she barely survives. Brian, the reputed ladies man of the Sullivan family, has yet to give his heart to a woman until Matty lays claim to it. His black-and-white approach to solving crimes doesn’t jibe with Matty’s spooky pronouncements or her reputation for alleged infallibility. A wild goose chase searching for a murder weapon casts doubt on Matty’s “truths” and threatens their smoldering romance. Is Brian her nightmare slayer and ultimate truth? When the puzzle pieces fall in place for Brian, will it be too late to save Matty?


Virginia C said...

Thanks for an interesting post offering great inside info on the editing process.

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Andrea I said...

I'm glad you found a good editor to work with. The post was interesting.

Sherry said...

Thanks for the great post it was very interesting I've never thought about what all editors have to do.

K.M. Daughters said...

Hi ladies! Thank you so much for stopping by. Joelle emailed us about the post to say she was blushing. Honestly she deserves the most lavish praise. Good luck in the drawing...blessings!