My New Manuscript Has a Cast | Author Denise Grover Swank My New Manuscript Has a Cast | Author Denise Grover Swank
Denise Grover Swank

My New Manuscript Has a Cast

Last night I read through my manuscript of TORN one last time after my latest revisions. (I sent it off to a couple of people to read.) I consider it done unless something major comes up, which means it’s time to move on to a new project.

No rest for the wicked, I always say.

My next project is a middle grade novel that has lived in my head for a year. As strange as it might sound, this project has intimidated me. It’s involved a lot of  research. Researching doesn’t intimidate me, but the sources have been difficult to come by and difficult to sort out. It’s not as simple as a few clicks of my mouse. I’ve had to order and read actual books. O.O

I’ll also admit that the lower word count associated with middle grades is intimidating. I know before I even start it’ll be longer than 30-40K.  But in my head, this WIP has more of a Percy Jackson or Harry Potter feel in plot and length. (First books for both are 87 and 77K, respectively)

It was a rainy day today and I was in my usual post-manuscript depression. I needed something to cheer me up and decided to look for pictures of the cast in my new project. Now, it’s taken me MONTHS to find pictures for TORN so I didn’t expect to make much progress.  But once I started looking for the middle grade (still untitled) cast photos, I had all five of my major characters in about 30 minutes.

That will NEVER happen again. Ever. I’m very picky.

Okay. Introducing the characters:

Zach, the twelve year old main character who finds a gold chalice buried in his backyard

Caroline, the most annoying girl in sixth grade and the only other person who can see it

(I was extremely picky with Caroline, I thought it would take me weeks to find her. I LOVE this picture.)

Brandon, Zach’s best friend

Griffin. His personal goal is to make Zach’s life a living hell.

Ashlin, Zach’s eight year old sister who was adopted from China

I plan to start plotting, finish some research and start writing by Monday, May 2. Woohoo!

Do you all find photos for your characters?

What I’m listening to: Arctic Monkeys– My Propeller. I’ve associated the sound of this CD (Humbug) with this wip since the idea first popped into my head last year.


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Eisley Jacobs
Eisley Jacobs
13 years ago

Woooooooooot! Love the cute girl at the end!!! Well and all of them really 😉

Rhonda Cowsert
Rhonda Cowsert
13 years ago

Love these kids – especially Caroline. She looks so ethereal and intense. Also, I’m glad I’m not the only one who combs the internet looking for the perfect person to represent my characters. 🙂

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