Welcome to my web page, everyone. My name is Angela Holder. I live in Houston, Texas. I have three kids and a wonderful husband who supports our family so I’m free to devote time to my writing. I’ll be using this blog to share updates on my writing as well as interesting tidbits of information about my books.
A few facts about White Blood. I wrote the first draft in November of 2008 for Nanowrimo. Twelve days in, my computer crashed. My latest backup was from four days earlier, so I lost around 11,000 words, what’s now Chapters 5, 6, and most of 7. (Moral of the story: back up your work every day!) I made notes on what I could remember of what I’d written and plowed on with the story, hoping I’d eventually be able to recover the lost portion from my hard drive. My husband tried many things, but none of them worked, so rather than spend a lot of money to have a professional try with no guarantees, I rewrote the missing parts after Nano was over. (I think they turned out better than the first time, so all in all it wasn’t a bad thing.) According to the log I kept, I finished the rough draft on November 30 at 91,294 words, not counting the lost parts. (The finished length is around 106,000 words.)
From then until the next November, I worked on editing the rough draft, then had it critiqued by many helpful people at Critique Circle. Later I revised it substantially based on the critiques. After that I set it aside for several years while I worked on other projects. At the beginning of 2014 I finally decided I was ready to share it with the world. After another round of revisions and polishing, it’s almost time for it to go public. I hope you enjoy it!