Yesterday, Blue Willow Bookshop hosted the debut launch of Mary Lindsey’s SHATTERED SOULS! As you can see from the photo above, a lot of folks in Houston have been eagerly awaiting this launch.

Mary originally wrote the book in third person with both the male and female main characters’ points of view. Her agent asked her to rewrite it in first person, from just Lenzi’s (the female main character) POV. In one of our Houston YA/MG Writers meetings, Mary talked about how she wrote from the senses to create such a deep POV for her main character.

She rewote her novel in first person, and SHATTERED SOULS sold. The acquiring editor had made it clear that there would be significant revisions, so Mary was expecting to be busy with rewrites but she never expected what she called the “5000 word Letter of Doom.” For a great post on this fourteen page revision letter, read Mary’s blog tour post at I Am A Reader Not A Writer.

And for a real treat for all you writers, Mary’s editor, Jill Santopolo, posted some of her actual revision notes for SHATTERED SOULS on Books Complete Me.

Mary brought several photos of preliminary designs for the cover. The original plan for the cover was to have an origami rose on glass (pictured here). As is usual with a big publishing house, the author had no input on her book’s cover, but after going through many changes, SHATTERED SOULS ended up with a gorgeous cover.

For the launch of her debut novel, Mary did a whopping 123 stop blog tour I’ve posted links to a few of my favorites here, but here is the entire list if you’d like to catch up.

Review from Patricia’s Particuliarity
Review from Reading Vacation
Interview with Lenzi, the main character in SHATTERED SOULS on Mrs. Boswell’s Book Bag
Author interview on Me, My Shelf and I
Mary’s take on Strong Female Characters on Books in the Spotlight

Mary Lindsey’s next novel will be ANNABEL, a dark retelling of Poe’s final poem Annabel Lee, pitting a pair of star-crossed lovers in a doomed struggle with forces of ancient malice and evil. Something for us to look forward to in 2013!


Mary Lindsey Launches Shattered Souls! — 4 Comments

  1. I agree, Mirka; getting to this launch took a lot of talent, determination and hard work. I think Mary Lindsey has a great career ahead of her!

    Kelly, at one of our YA/MG meetings, Mary brought her revision letter and marked up manuscript. It was jaw-dropping! Yet she not only did it, she did it fantastically! She is, indeed, inspiring.