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My 2010 NaNoWriMo project: Daddy’s Little Girl

I started the week wondering how I would narrow down my NaNoWriMo project. I was torn between doing a total rewrite of Ascension Into Darkness and starting one of two projects; either Daddy’s Little Girl or Numb. By the time I got out the shower and went to bed, I had my answer. I would write Daddy’s Little Girl. Here is a picture of the novel cover for NaNo:

As excited as I am to get started, I was amazed how my mind was able to bring together the three projects on which I wanted to work and allowed me to meld them together in one dark and dangerous world. As it stands, DLG will be the first book in a five-book series. There is a lot I am not clear on, yet, but as I learn more about the project, I will post updates here on the blog.

What I do know about DLG is contained in the first draft of the synopsis that I posted in my NaNo profile. I copied it here for your convenience:

“I’ve been so bad, Daddy. I need to be punished,” The note read as Detective Charlie Harbison held the grisly photos from his latest homicide. With only a year before his retirement, the 20-year veteran must rely on his experience to catch a killer, who butchers its victims, all men in their late 40s and early 50s.

Charlie’s seemingly routine investigation becomes personal when both his wife and daughter are victims in an assaulted committed in the Harbison’s home. Desperate to find the killer, Charlie turns to an old friend, a psychic with a checkered past, who agrees to help, on the condition that rookie detective Dakota Reese; an officer with her own secrets, be assigned to the case.

As Charlie and Dakota race against the clock to uncover the killer’s identity, Dakota discovers that there is more to Charlie’s involvement in the investigation than even he may realize. What’s worse, what Charlie doesn’t know may very well kill them both.

Between now and the time I rewrite the project sometime after NaNo, I am sure a lot of this will change. But hell, it gives me goose bumps just thinking about how I can push the characters to be their best. I am confident that if I can get through the first draft of DLG, then I know I can carry over the energy of the first novel to the next. But before I get too far, let’s get through this novel, first.

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