1. Lisa says:

    Thanks for this “behind the scenes view”, Patrick! I find it interesting that you couldn’t continue your trilogy until you had hit on a theme. For me, the process was in reverse. I wrote the first draft, and then discovered the theme (s) that were there all along but that I just didn’t see as I wrote. I suppose that comes of being a “pantser” – trying to start with a theme would be difficult for me. I would risk devolving into “preachy” writing, I think. I admire that you can have the theme firmly in mind and not fall into that trap.

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