Killing My Darlings

by +AneMulligan @AneMulligan

The more books I write, the easier it becomes to throw out whole chapters. But it didn’t use to be that way. 

As a new writer, I saved anything my critique partners said to cut. I just knew they’d call for it again, and I wasn’t sure I could replicate such brilliance. Ahh, the ego of a new writer. So, I made a file on my computer for “Saved Scenes” and put everything in it. 

Two books later, I deleted the entire, filled-to-the-brim file. I came to the point where I believed I am a writer. And writers write. And they can write again something that will be even better, because we keep growing as writers.

Last night, I called Genghis Griep, needing help with a scene for my new book. We talked and after only a minute, it became clear what I planned wouldn’t work. You should have seen the speed in which my little old fingers highlighted and deleted the scene. Whoosh! Gone.

Superman would have been proud.

So would Genghis.

When the Bough Breaks

Her dream job has a Catch 22—and time’s running out

Rookie lobbyist Sienna O’Shea is determined to make a name for herself in New York’s capitol city and use that influence to gain easier access to her birth records. For years she’s searched for her birth mother, but when she’s handed her first assignment—to lobby support for the permanent sealing of all adoption records—her worlds collide. Swept up into the intrigue of backroom politics, falling in love was not on Sienna’s agenda, but the candidate for Lt. Governor runs a formidable campaign to make her his first lady. When an investigative reporter discovers foreign money infiltrating political campaigns, the trail leads to Sienna’s inner circle.

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