With the release date less than a month away, it’s time to show you the new look Change of Season is sporting for this expanded edition with alternate scenes. I’m thrilled with the results and hope you love it like I do. The biggest change: a visual for Autumn herself!
At one point in Change of Season, Professor St. James gives Autumn some advice: “Write what you know, and write when you need to let go.”
This is a variation of advice writers have heard time and time again. At times, it’s almost annoying. Many of us write to heal, to share hard lessons learned along the way. Maybe we choose to write of divorce because we ourselves are children of divorce. Maybe we want others to feel less alone in the turmoil of life. Even Courtney Summers noted in discussing her protagonist in Cracked Up To Be that she was channeling a bit of her own experiences with depression.
A recurring theme in many of my stories is mental health: the ways we handle — or don’t handle — trauma and varying conditions, and how we survive to then thrive. With one in five people around you being impacted by mental illness, there is a huge group of people out there seeking compassion and support.
In fact, you’re looking at one of them.
It’s been a busy month of edits and creative oversight, all leading to a final release date for the Change of Season “Director’s Cut”. You can expect it to be available exclusively on Kindle and Createspace on March 14th, 2015.
“What do you mean by ‘Director’s Cut’?”
The closest comparison I can liken it to is Donnie Darko. If you’ve watched the theatrical cut and director’s cut, you’re aware that the majority of the story remains unchanged. There are expanded moments, moments that have shifted, and new scenes/editing that add a different clarity to the film. There are also some strange changes to the soundtrack in my opinion, but that’s for another blog.
With this edition, I have taken a similar approach. Certain scenes have expanded to reveal new insights into characters and events. Certain moments are reconstructed – alternate takes, if it were a film. This isn’t a dramatic expansion — I elected for a longer novel from the first edition — but it is refined and refocused.
“Have there been any changes to accommodate Waiting For A Star To Fall (the sequel)?”
That would be cheating, wouldn’t it? I don’t believe in cheating.