Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Guest L. A. Sartor asks: What do you do when a 20-Year-Old manuscript won’t leave you alone?

I'm delighted to be hosting best-selling author L. A. today! Also delighted to be able to offer a giveaway to a commenter below. I'll pick a winner for the ebook next Tuesday night.  

What do you do when a 20-Year-Old manuscript won’t leave you alone?


I have a vanity wall in my office. You know, that wall where you hang your awards? And I swear the award for a book I wrote in the late 1990s kept nagging me. “Fix me, publish me, don’t let me sit in the drawer.” I could literally hear it.


Finally, I caved. I pulled out the iterations of the novel called Betrayal of the Trust and dug in. And dug myself into a hole, actually a crater. I realized that I couldn’t simply just fix the book. It needed a deeper plot, characters with stronger motivations and a tad bit more conflict. It needed a couple of new characters. It needed to be brought into the 21st Century.


It needed a lot of time, tears and wanting to call it quits too many times to count. But I’m stubborn and I kept on.



Finally, Brushed By Betrayal was born. My 9th book. I had help with the title, which at first was like pulling teeth to think of changing, but is now the perfect title. The story morphed from a Romantic Suspense to a Suspense with romantic elements, and I discovered a whole new me as a writer. Not bad for one story, eh?


Now I’m afraid some of my screenplay awards will nag me about making them into books. I did one, Stone of Heaven, and even created The Carswell Series from it with Viking Gold as book two and the 3rd to come. I swear I hear the whispers of jealousy from the other screenplays rustling those frames.


Are you wondering what the catalyst was for a multi-published writer to feel like I’d found myself finally as a writer?


 Well, did you know there are plot-driven and character-driven writers? I didn’t, and I’ve been writing for decade(s). But I was told by someone I highly respect that I was definitely a plot-driven writer. At first, I bristled at that “label”, very insulted. But by the end of the day, researching the two differing concepts, I realized that indeed that’s what I am.


And because I embrace the label now, I’m very comfortable with my new direction in writing (those screenplays will just have to wait their turn.) DRUM ROLL … I’m starting writing in an entire new genre and creating a cozy mystery series set in the mythical Colorado ski town of Angelcroft. The Jenna Hart Jewelry Mysteries will debut before Christmas as Tick Tock Dead is set during Christmas. Another first for me is that I’ll be writing this series in first person. And I’m completely surprised that I love writing in first person. It’s different and challenging.


Apparently, I don’t shy away from challenges.


I’d love to hear in the comments what you think about the differences in the two terms. I’m happy to give away an ebook copy of Brushed By Betrayal to someone who comments. Kaye will randomly pick the winner.


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“You’re next and the circle will be complete.”

Jade Laurent, art expert and owner of the prestigious Laurent Art Brokers in Boulder, Colorado, is mourning the one-year anniversary of her father’s death when a close associate is killed and that chilling message for Jade is found by his body.

Private Investigator Malcolm Talbot is coming off his latest grueling case when he receives a request that he cannot refuse. To discover who’s put Jade’s life in jeopardy. The problem is that Jade refuses to stand by idly and let him do his job.


The last thing Malcolm needs is an amateur getting in the way and maybe getting dead. The last thing Jade needs is a professional who can’t find an ounce of compassion for her need to be involved.


While matching wits with a killer who is always one step ahead, dark secrets are revealed, putting everything Jade has believed in at risk.


If you like nail biting suspense, complicated mysteries, and characters who find their soul mates, then you’ll love L.A. Sartor’s newest story Brushed By Betrayal.


Buy it today to find new characters to love and revisit old friends from Dare to Believe.


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I started writing as a child, really. A few things happened on the way to becoming a published author … specifically, a junior high school teacher who told me I couldn’t write because I didn’t want to study grammar.


That English teacher stopped my writing for years.  But the muse couldn’t be denied, and eventually I wrote, a lot, some of it award winning. However, I wasn’t really making a career from any of this.


My husband told me repeatedly that independent publishing was becoming a valid way to publish a novel. I didn’t believe him, I thought indie meant vanity press.


I couldn’t have been more wrong.

I started pursuing this direction seriously, hit the keyboard, learned a litany of new things and published my first novel. My second book became a bestseller, and I’m absolutely on the right course in my life.


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  1. I want to thank Leslie for being here today! This sounds like a book I must read.

  2. Kaye, thank you for hosting me on your incredible blog. And I truly hope you enjoy the book. Let me know the winner of the giveaway and I'll send them their book.

  3. I love your writer's story, LA. And your books certainly reveal your amazing talent. I'm looking forward to reading Brushed by Betrayal. Keep those "voices" energized.

  4. Pleased that you've gotten one of the voices out of your head and on to the page. But I have heard that Screenplay voices are shrill and condescending -- is that true? But I'm all for them if they keep you writing books like this one. Looking forward to the read.

  5. So glad to hear a writer of L.A.Sartor's stature embrace independent publishers. They are finally getting the respect they deserve. I plumped for a small indie outfit and not self-publishing because I felt the traditional publishers had gotten too big for their britches but I didn't want to deal with the learning curve, so kudos!
    I think readers also come in plot-driven and character-driven. Some folks just want a rollicking good story and get bored if they get too much character study. Others want to sink into the people in a book and worry about the action later. I discovered a long time ago that I can come up with fascinating characters all the time (and picture them doing fascinating things). It's a whole nuther thing to make a story that moves from beginning, through middle to a satisfying end. So I try to concentrate on coming up with a good plot first and hope my characters won't get on their high horse and ride off. Well, I try. Honestly.

  6. ROULF, I picked you to win the book! Leslie, I think my readers are more used to cozies. Sorry I didn't draw more comments. These are quality comments, though! Roulf, please email me kaye george at gmail etc with your address and I'll pass it on. THANKS for being here, everyone!

  7. I haven't heard from Roulf, so Eugenia Parrish, you're it! Can you give your deets to me or Leslie? kaye george at gmail or Leslie at Leslie Sartor dot com

  8. That's wonderful! Thank you so much �� Please send it to