Where the idea came from:
Not sure exactly when it came to me, but I thought of the ending first. That's what made me want to write this story.
One Line Synopsis:
Guy stealing from his company survives plane crash and reevaluates his life.
Journey to publication:
I already had two love stories published and I was working on the third follow-up. Right when I found a publisher to pick up that third story (resulting in what would be my fourth book, Three Roads Home), I began writing The Second Thief. Makes sense, huh? I was dying to write it so I wrote it all the way through. I had no aspirations to become the next Nicholas Sparks. I wanted to branch out and do other types of stories. I finished the story and gave it to an editor at Moody Publishers. Since they were just starting to publish fiction again, the timing worked out well.
The response was mixed, which I loved. Some readers loved it (and still talk about it with me). Others hated the ending, not getting it.
This was the first novel of mine that had a big twist at the end. The story as a whole is like a Twilight Zone episode--it's short and the main impact is at the end. I look back on a story like this and consider the writing and structure to be rudimentary. But it was huge in the fact that it deviated from the love story path I was going down. Without this book, there might not have been a Sky Blue or a Ghostwriter.
Interesting Fact #1:
The plane crash depicted in this book is based on Flight 232 that went down in Sioux City, Iowa.
Interesting Fact #2:
A New York Times bestselling author offered to edit this book for me. And I said no. The book was edited, of course, but this author wanted to really change a lot of it. To me, that felt a little like getting plastic surgery. This story was mine just like the face I look at in the mirror. Not perfect, of course, but still mine.
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