The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a dramatic loss in unemployment, and many workers are particularly vulnerable because of the uncertainty of paying their bills.
Christine Romeril was a local librarian, and she had lost her job during the pandemic. Still, with the uncertainty on what the future will look like, she had the idea of wanting to publish a book for many years, and then she thought this was the right time to start.
"I had sat in my office and pulled out that book, and I mean it needed some major revisions, but I sat down and wrote the book in three and half months. I had got my first draft done and started polishing it and a month later, sometime in July, I had sent it out to a few people that I knew who could read it over and give me their thoughts," said Christine Romeril.
"This is the very first book I've ever written, I mean, I have started to take a creative writing course at the college, but this is the first time I've actually sat down and started something and finished it, and crazy enough, it made it to an agent" added Christina Romeril.
Romeril will be publishing a second book sometime shortly. As she wrote her first book, her agent had told her, you must have a comprehensive line for book two and at least an idea of book three because some publishing houses want the second book within six months of accepting the first one.
Romeril advised writers to write their first book in whatever genre you're going for; you should read dozens of books in that type of genre because you must understand the structure of the genre you're writing about.
Romeril is still unsure what the title of her book will be, but her working title is Murder Wrapped in Chocolate. She says it'll be set during Christmas, and will likely be part of the title.
Jaxon McGinn, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Sunny South News