After three years and six revisions, White Bone Demon is finished!
This novel was born out of a short story I wrote called White Bone Spirit that was workshopped at Viable Paradise in 2013. Thanks to encouragement from the faculty and my peers, I came home and began work on the first draft of the novel immediately.
There were a few hiccups in the intervening years, including a move to London, a new apartment, and a major life change, but I managed to always find my way back to this book, and I am happy with the work I have produced.
No book is born in isolation, and this book is no exception. There are so many friends and family I have to thank. I’m sure the list goes beyond what I can muster here, but I did want to take a moment to offer up my sincerest gratitude to my Mom and Dad, who instilled in me a love of stories and who have been my unfailing cheerleaders since I began writing as a child and whose support continued through this book. Thank you to Uncle Jim (Macdonald) and the instructors and staff of Viable Paradise 17, who saw this book before I did and who encouraged me to write it. Thank you to my Viable Paradise tribe, who have continued to support one another years after we split apart on the shores of Martha’s Vineyard. Thank you to Walter Jon Williams and Nancy Kress, who taught me the skills I needed to bring this book to the level where I wanted it at. And thank you to my friends from Taos Toolbox 2016, who provided encouragement, friendship, and the critical feedback I needed to be able to see the book from outside of my own head, especially Mary, Adam, Jamie, and Mel. Thank you to Ian Trigellis, whose Hard Boiled Slang Dictionary, assembled for his novel Something More Than Night provided me with a valuable resource for the language and slang of the period in which I was writing. Thank you to Lauren, who believed in this book when I needed it. Thank you to the whole Alligators vs. Authors crew: Evan, C, Nathan, Liz, and Asher, who helped me see the first draft through to its end before I moved to London. Thank you to the Speculative Wordsmiths who have been a constant force, and that leads me to thanking my Beta Readers: Beth, Evan, John, Kene, Carl, Peter, Charlotte, and Taylor. This book would not be anywhere near what it is without your time, dedicated effort, and thoughtfulness. Thank you to Bear, Claudia, Patrick, and Angel for ensuring I had a place to sleep when I was scouring the streets and alleyways of San Francisco for research. Thank you to Denise, for helping me over the finish line and for keeping me well-fed during the final sprint!
Finally, thank you to Chandler, Hammett, MacDonald, and the old masters of the hardboiled detective story.
Now, time to start the sequel!