Thank you for reading Second Life.
Here is a spot for you Beta readers. I imagine it might be too soon for some of you to comment in depth, but if you wanted to leave initial reactions, I suggest scrolling to the bottom without reading others, leaving your mark and then peruse. I have included some of my thoughts too.
As a recently released author--for I'm not new, I've been learning craft for ten years--I have a small social media platform and would appreciate you taking a moment to Like my Facebook page.
If you enjoyed Second Life enough to support, I will send a follow up email, Feb 1st, the day of release.
Second Life came close to the garbage pin. It's since become a story I love (same is true with Virtual Heaven). My biological father worked at Area 51. I only lived with him for 6-9 weeks when I was twelve. Those years impacted me greatly and this story originated in a conspiracy-loving neighbor's living room. My father would say cryptic things about UFO rumors, condescending, but with authority. It inspired this piece.
When I write, I must have the ending, then I free flow a rough draft, taking notes, doing a chapter or so each day. This ending excited me to no ends, but as I flushed out the story, I worried about the emotional bond, if it could write love correctly. I worried romance instead of traditional conflict in a pretty hard sci-fi novella would torpedo interest.
I guess we will find out, together.