I started this journey back in October 2010. At dinner one evening, my wife, Audi, said, “You’ve read your entire life and always have a book in your hand. Sometimes two. You have a passion for reading. You should write a book.” I looked at her in surprise and in my best Michael Jackson voice responded, “I’m a reader not a writer.” [In “The Girl is Mine,” Michael sang “I’m a lover not a fighter.”]
That night, I dreamed the original plot for Don’t Speak. When I woke up the next morning, I researched online how to write a novel. I wrote for school and work, but rarely wrote for pleasure. The Snowflake Method by Randy Ingermanson resonated with the analytical side of me. I recorded my dream on paper and began outlining my novel. Over the next year, I woke up at four a.m. every day and wrote for two hours before work. And I am not a morning person. At all. But I found my passion. Writing awakened the creative side of me. I realized I had a story to tell.
It’s been a long road. I learned a lot on this incredible journey, about writing and myself. Writing is not a linear endeavor, but more like a stock market graph; there can be amazing highs and gut-wrenching lows. I met many people in person and online who supported, motivated, and cheered me on, and let me know I was not alone.
I put the manuscript on hold for months at a time as life got in the way. There have been major revisions. But the main characters—Jade, Whitney, Cole, and the killer—were born in my dream that night long ago and have taken on a life of their own. And now Don’t Speak allows me to share them with you.
I hope you enjoy reading my novel as much as I enjoyed writing it.