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.
Christina Romeril worked at the local library, and lost her job during the pandemic. Still, with the uncertainty on what the future would look like, she decided it was time to fulfill her desire to write the book she’d had on the back burner.
“I pulled out the book I’d started a year earlier. I mean, it needed major revisions, so I sat in my office and wrote the book in three months. I got my first draft done and started polishing it. Less than a month later, sometime in July, I had a few people read it over and give me their thoughts,” said Christina Romeril
“This is the very first book I’ve ever written, I took a creative writing course at the college about ten years ago, but this is the first time I’ve actually sat down and finished something. Crazy enough, it got me an agent,” added Christina.
Romeril’s debut novel will be published around November 2022 by Crooked Lane Books. Since cozy mysteries are usually published in a series, her agent told her she needed to have a comprehensive outline for book two in the series as some publishers want it within six months. She’ll be starting the first draft of book two as soon as she hands in her manuscript for book one to her publisher. Book three is percolating in her mind as well.
Romeril advised writers they should read extensively in the genre they want to write in. “You should read dozens of books in that genre so you understand the structure and conventions in the genre you want to write in.”
Romeril is still unsure what the title of her book will be, but her working title Chocolates Wrapped In Murder. It is set at Christmas and she hopes chocolate will be in the title.
Jaxon McGinn, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Sunny South News