The Author’s Two-Step

Published September 6, 2016 by rochellewisoff

My journey continues, putting one foot in front of the other. When I began to write PLEASE SAY KADDISH FOR ME I knew I had a story to tell. I pitched it as “The Dark Side of Fiddler on the Roof.” I wrote, rewrote and edited Havah Cohen Gitterman’s story, thinking I would stop with this one book. However, the voices in my head compelled me to continue the saga with FROM SILT AND ASHES. 


At a point where I thought I’d completed the first two books I began to write AS ONE MUST, ONE CAN. However, I had to stop to go back to the first book..and the second book. For five years the third book languished in an unopened Word doc. file. When I returned to my 60,000 word, unfinished manuscript, I found that my characters had grown, changed and gone in different directions than I’d originally anticipated. Not to mention that, after ten years I had also grown and changed as a writer. Perhaps 20,000 of those original 60,000 words survived the overhaul.

My agent, Jeanie Loiacono and W& B Publishing turned up the heat this summer by giving me a July deadline with the promise of a contract. Setting aside all writing time to devote to Havah, I sent Friday Fictioneers into reruns.



My story has a happy “ending.” The manuscript has been submitted and approved. Contracts with both agent and publisher are signed. Artwork for the inside of the book is complete and I await the proof copy to make any last minute edits.

Below are the divider pages for AS ONE MUST, ONE CAN to whet your appetite. 

Solomon's Lament Title Page

Ghosts of the Fallen- Part I








[parPomp and Consequence - Part III

Go on Living- Part IV

Thank You, Jeanie!

Thank You, Jeanie!

26 comments on “The Author’s Two-Step

  • I love to hear an author share their journey and struggles. I made some progress during the summer rerun season, though not as much as I would have liked. The characters in One Idiot Short of a Village are a tough bunch to corral and tend to take the story where they please instead of the direction I had imagined.

    So far, I haven’t killed any of them off yet, although I’ve threatened them on several occasions.

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    • Dear Russell,

      I love your title and am happy to hear you didn’t kill any of your characters. I can’t say that for mine. 😯

      It never ceases to amaze me how the characters will take a story in a direction the author didn’t expect it to go. Is it really ideas hatched in our minds or are we being taken over by aliens from the Planet Muse?

      Glad you at least made some progress. Better than regress, right? Of course right!



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  • It’s a BIG job, well done. 😀
    Characters will, as characters can. Someone once suggested to Agatha Christie, that she write a story including both Miss Marple, and Hercule Poirot. She said that she had tried, once, ‘but the two did not get along well with each other.’ 😯

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    • Dear Archon,

      I understand Ms. Christie. The author might think she’s in control but it ain’t necessarily so. 😉 One step at a time. Still a big job ahead. Thank you very much for stopping by with your encouraging words.




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