On Tuesday, I technically finished my novel, Sprinter. I still have editing to do over the next eight days for my pitch at the FWA Conference, but I'm very excited to finally have the story done.

The editing will involve tightening up sentences, making sure I don't have loose ends that I left unresolved, and grammar checks. The story as it is will not likely change unless, in the future, an editor/agent/publisher who wants the book recommends it. I'd like to think I'm open to an editor's judgment.

I have had the vision of the entire novel in my head for about two and a half years now. When it first came to me, I created a broad outline detailing beginning, middle and end. With the novel complete, I am happy with how the story reads. The trick--will an agent agree?

About the pitch in a nutshell:

A thirty-six year-old woman named Riley lives an angry and embittered existence fourteen years after Darlene Sprinter, her mother, is murdered at the 1986 Athen's Marathon. Riley isolates herself from people, even her family, focusing on work and running. After assaulting a stranger, she seeks help to face her demons. At counseling, Riley relives the memories leading up to the murder, and eventually recognizes a deeper hurt--her abandonment of a childhood dream to run professionally like her mother, who holds the world record for the Women's Marathon. Riley must decide whether to continue avoiding the people she once cared about, or to finally put the past behind and push herself toward the most difficult goal in the world--to follow in her mother's footsteps.

Sprinter is a Christian women's fiction novel. I should probably expect rejections for a while, but I have hope that eventually, it will be published.

This calls for a class glass of wine. (Apparently I need to edit my blog as well!)


  1. Congratulations Bria!!! Good luck and have fun!I wish you the very best success pitching your novel!!!


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