I've been playing with the concept for the better part of three years. I've been living the concept throughout most of my consulting career, with successful engagements at multiple clients. I've been researching the plot and characters for about the last 18 months. The active writing started around eight months ago. As my new year's resolution, I set February 6 at my target date for completing the first manuscript.
Last night (February 6) at 11:02 PM, I typed the last word of the Epilogue of SWAT (Systems Working All Together) into my laptop. Of course, that was just the first draft. Now I have months of editing, reviewing, revising, critiquing, second-guessing, buzz-building, marketing, speaking, and blogging about my next book before its release early next year. But for now, I'm going to enjoy this one milestone. Because it's a big one. I remember when I reached it with Race Through The Forest, and I recall the feeling when GUST's final word was typed.
I really have to thank the Suburban Emergency Response Team (SERT), especially the guys from Urbandale and West Des Moines. Their input into the world of SWAT operations and their encouragement have meant the world to me.
It feels great to be this far. It feels better to know I've had wonderful people behind me the whole way.