Carbondale author publishes second mystery in series
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
CARBONDALE, Colorado – Author Laurel Dewey wanted to write a book that people would not easily forget.
And she did just that.
When her first book, “Protector,” was released in January 2007, she said, “I just wanted to write something that would stay with the reader for a while, and I think I’ve done that.”
She was right.
Dewey has just released her second novel, titled “Redemption.” It’s the sequel to her first novel, which follows the life of a Denver detective, Jane Perry. But Dewey confessed that when she finished her first novel about her flawed protagonist, she thought that would be the end of the story.
“I never planned on making this into a series,” she said.
But her agent at the time convinced her that she should at least have a follow-up novel. But Dewey didn’t know if she had it in her to write another one.
“I put so much emotional effort into writing ‘Protector’ that I didn’t think I had it in me to write a second book about [Perry],” Dewey said. “Nor did I have a story in place.”
But it didn’t take her long to overcome those obstacles. And the sequel turned out to be the right decision.
She actually started writing “Redemption” in 2005, prior to the release of “Protector,” so she didn’t even know how people would react to the book or the character of Perry. That made writing the second book a little more challenging.
“I was writing this one on the hope that ‘Protector’ would be published,” she said. “But there was the stress of making sure the second one was better or comparable to the first.”
Dewey said that she wrote “Redemption” in a very different way than her first novel. She didn’t use a detailed outline as she had before, writing most of “Redemption” as the story came together in her mind.
“I don’t know how I did it, to be honest,” she said. “I don’t remember how I did it. I kind of look back on it and wonder how I did it.”
After “Protector” was released and was well received, Dewey found interest from another publisher for her second novel. The Story Plant publishers not only picked up the second novel, they purchased the rights to “Protector” and will be reprinting that novel in a mass market paperback which will go on sale in November, according to the publisher’s website.
On top of that, the Story Plant also bought the third book in the Jane Perry series, titled “Revelation,” which Dewey is currently working on. “Revelation” is due out next year. And the Perry series could turn into a larger project than even Dewey first imagined.
“It’s pretty cool,” she said. “I’m not sure, but it looks like it’s going to be a longer series. It’s fantastic.”
Dewey wasn’t surprised that readers enjoyed “Protector.” However, she was taken with how many people related so well with Perry.
“I hoped that they would relate to her,” she said. “She is a really damaged anti-hero, which is really popular right now. She definitely has so many problems.”
“Redemption” was scheduled for release on June 16, but Dewey said that Amazon.com actually released it one week early and that they had many pre-orders for the book.
The first review of “Redemption” on mainlymysteries.com called the book “a fine story and is well told,” giving it a 9 out of 10. The reviewer also commented that he looks forward to more wonderful adventures with Jane in the future.
Dewey said, “I think the book is going to strike a lot of nerves with a lot of people.”
She said that “Redemption” takes a deep look into the contrast between fundamental Christianity and the New Age Movement in religion.
“I think that it’s a story that will resonate with many people,” she added. “I hope it’s a book that will start conversations with people.”
It looks as though Dewey achieved her initial goal of writing a book, or character, that people wouldn’t easily forget.
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