Vampire Novelist Denise K. Rago

I got my manuscript back last Monday from my copyeditor. It was a sea of red however so after spending almost a week on revisions Immortal Obsession is ready to go. I finished all my query letters and they are going out today. I am excited and Inever imagined getting to this place. Now I am here and once I send out my letters then I wait some more. It has been almost three years since I began Immortal Obsession. I am proud of my finished product. I believe it is a great story. I hope an agent will feel the same way as I do and ask to see my manuscript. I’ll keep my fingers crossed.

My proof reader promised to have my manuscript back to me this week. I am so excited to see her revisions I am almost pacing! I trust her judgement and though I may not agree with all her suggestions, in the end, I will have a tighter novel that reads well. Isn’t that what any writer wants for their creation?

Right now, I am researching agents to query once I have Immortal Obsession in my hot little hands. I have been hesitant to query agents prior to the completion of my novel because as my editor brought to my attention, suppose one of them wants to see your ms immediately and you don’t have it in hand? Now that is a problem I would love to have! I have taken his advice as well and I am waiting for my novel to be complete, revised and the best it can be before I undertake the next step.

I feel like a horse at the gait waiting for the bell!

It has taken me two and a half years (since October 2005)to complete Immortal Obsession. I am proud of every moment I worked on it; every ounce of blood, sweat and love I have poured into my novel. I hope that I have created something of beauty and joy which gives my readers as much joy to read as it was for me to write.

When the dreaded suggestion of line editing was presented to me I cringed. Not that I don’t think my novel needs cleaning up. It does, believe me. I just don’t have the patience to do it and I consider myself a very patient person. It’s tedious and I believe that a writer cannot edit their own work. We are too close to it to see beyond the glaring misspellings, etc. That is where the proof reader comes in. Like a knight on a white horse, they come to our aid!

I give them alot of credit for taking any novel and without knowing anything about it, trying to make sense of it as well as clean it up. It’s a challenge but I know my vampires are safe with her. Now I am free to begin my next task…..researching agents!.

Last Thursday night I finished Immortal Obsession. I had tears of joy at finishing what I feel is a much better story. I waited for the voices inside my head to begin editing my final few chapters, but nothing came and that is when I knew I was finished. I know my editor may not agree and that is okay. That is his job but I hope he finds my tale one worth sharing with the world. I love my characters and I sense there are more adventures ahead for them. Stay tuned…..

  • by Denise K. Rago

I am just about finished my rewrites for my novel Immortal Obsession. I had taken months of hard work to come back with a product I liked more than my original draft. It has been exciting as well. I am keeping my fingers cross to have it to my editor soon and hopefully he will like it as well.

I am still loving all my characters and I hope the readers do as well!

For those of you who have been following my blog, I have been working on Immortal Obsession since October of 2005. Having found a wonderful editor, I am in the process of rewrites, which I hope to have completed in April. It has been an incredible process and I now feel I have the novel I was meant to write. I hope you feel the same way too. I will keep you posted as to what happens to my “little vampire story.”

My villainous vampire has a heart of darkness. He is a beautiful yet tortured soul who opts for one more try at love before doing himself and everyone else around him in. His immortality has become too much to bear and that which made him happy, now disgusts him.

Nothing new you say? True, mortals and immortals alike see a safe haven in relationships. Finding redemption through love is a miraculous feeling, and most of my vampires could use a little of that in their lonely lives. What is the alternative for my bloodsuckers? Self-destruction or do they take yet another chance on love to give them a reason for existing, a chance to feel loved and not like a monster.

Love is the great transformer, no matter how long you have to live.

I believe it was Robert Frost who wrote a famous poem about a fork in the road. When we stand at a crossroads in our writing, how does one know which way to go? I turn to my higher self and my muse for guidance. Sometimes I will write an entire chapter and then let it sit for days. If the feeling I got initially when I wrote it is still there, then I go with it. If not, I may scrap it all together.

In talking to a friend about creativity, she said creativity is messy, unorganized and random. I have to agree with her. Some of my best writing comes when I lay down a chapter then edit it days later. It’s like my initial writing is the framework for the chapter and I fill in lots of details later. I hear my characters voices, see their faces and body movements. They make love, war and just like me, they are confused at times. Sometimes they make bad decisions, or misjudge, just like me. Sometimes it costs them.

Just because most of my characters happen to be vampires does not mean they are perfect. Let me tell you, having immortality, beauty and superhuman strength does not necessarily make one upstanding, righteous or moral. Having that kind of power tends to corupt, just because it can and that is human nature. We humans make decisions based on our emotions…and logic, but our emotions play such a large part in our decisions. The same is true for vampires. They agonize too and the past has reprocussions for them as well.

There is a great line in the movie The Darleeing Limited. ”The past happens but it’s over isn’t it? Not for us.”

It is that way for both humans and vampires. The actions of the past face us at every turn as we navigate our lives in the present. For most of us, the navigation takes about 80 years. For my vampire friends, it could be hundreds of years. Plenty of time to create both good and bad karma.

  • by Denise K. Rago

Not a good thing for vampires but for aspiring writers struggling through rewrites it is the most exhilarating feeling in the world. I got the green light from my editor and now I begin the process of recreating my original novel. The characters will remain the same and some of the plot as well and this is a good thing. When someone with 30 years of experience agrees that your new ideas are much better than your original ones, go with it. It is validating and so positive. I was floundering as I tried to implement his suggestions. Nothing seemed to be coming and then my juices began flowing and my muse returned and here I am. Thought I would share with whomever reads this that the darkness cannot remain indefinitely. The light will come and when the flow returns, it is nothing short of magic.

Still working on my rewrites for my novel and for the moment, I feel my creative spark is gone. I light candles, hold crystals, pray, but nothing comes. Is my muse on holiday? Not sure but I do know that I need to keep writing, go with the flow, keep my faith in myself alive and kicking, because eventually the clouds will part and I will begin writing again while my muse both paces and smiles down at me. It’s just the inbetween time…..