Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Getting Close

This week I hope to finish the first draft of my non-fiction book: Women of the Book of Mormon.

I'm on the last chapter! Yeah. Now, for those who are not writers, this is just one hurdle (the biggest hurdle, of course). But there will still be a lot of editing to come. My critique group has read most of it, since I've taken sooo long to write it (nearly a year from when I first outlined it). But I will pass it on to a couple of readers and hope to turn it into the publisher by the end of June. You might wonder why this book is taking so long. Here is a small example. I have a chapter on Sarah (wife of Abraham) because she is mentioned in the Book of Mormon by the prophet Jacob. I turned to the Book of Mormon Reference Companion by Dennis Largely, and guess what I found on Sarah? Two whole sentences. Yep. But I managed to create a whole chapter on her life. Thankfully there was a little more in the Book of Genesis about Sarah (not much, though).

My next "project" is to put together a couple of book trailers--one for ABINADI (I know, way overdue) and one for my next book: ALMA THE ELDER.

When Annette Lyon released her book trailer for Tower of Strength, I fell in love with the music--by pianist Sherrie Shepherd. So of course I had to contact her. Sherrie Shepherd was kind enough to allow me to use two of her songs (Heartstrings will be for Abinadi, Solitude will be for Alma the Elder). And this week she is having a CD giveaway on her blog--follow instructions to be entered! Her new CD features both of the songs I'll be using. I really love her music. I've been listening to it as I've been writing Women of the Book of Mormon and it sets just the right mood :-)

Also, in good news, I found a dress to wear to the Best of State Gala, loaned by author G.G. Vandagriff--if you haven't read The Last Waltz, you're missing out--it's a fascinating pre-WWI historical romance set in Austria. I reviewed it here.

Saturday night is the big night. I'll post pictures!

12 comments:

Sher said...

Thanks for the shout out! Can't wait to see those trailers, and read the books!

Becky said...

Good luck wrapping up the last chapter this week! That is a huge hurdle to get past.

Heather B. Moore said...

You're welcome Sherrie! And thanks, Becky :)

Taffy said...

Go Heather! Can't wait to read your latest! If you need a reader, I'm yours!

Terresa said...

This is exciting stuff! For an aspiring writer like myself, you are an inspiration!

Josi said...

Way to go on finishing the book, what a project! Can't wait to see the trailers and the dress! Good luck.

Heather B. Moore said...

Hey Taffy, be careful what you wish for . . .

Thanks Terresa, yes, the blood sweat and tears are eventually worth it (they just never seem to stop).

Thanks Josi!

Charlie Moore said...

Hi Heather,

Sounds like your writing plate is full. Good luck with all your projects. Curiousity prompts me to ask one question. Technically, Sarah isn't a woman of the Book of Mormon. Why did you choose to include her? Was it inspirational? Did you feel she tied in with the other women you feature?

Good luck and I'll watch for it and for Alma the Elder.

Charlie

Heather B. Moore said...

I have a chapter on Sarah, Eve, and Mary because they are mentioned by Book of Mormon prophets and it seems that the women of that era would have learned about those women as well.

Fiauna said...

Wow. It sounds like you're busy, to say the least.

So one year to write a book is a long time? Ummm ... I've been working on my WIP for nearly two years. I guess I'd better get crackin'.

Best of luck to you.

Heather B. Moore said...

Hi Fiauna, Yeah--this book is only about 80 pages though. So a year does seem forever . . . it's the research and it's not as "fun" as writing fiction, so it's the motivation too . . .

Julie Wright said...

Sherrie's music looks amazing! Do pics of the dress (that was way cool of GG) and congratulations again! You deserve it!