My Novel: Father Figure (Week 13 – Thursday, November 2nd, 2017)

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It’s been a few weeks since I posted the current status of my second novel, Father Figure. As many of you know, my debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, launched 3 weeks ago and has taken over a majority of my time. In between marketing plans, book review, blog tours and promotions, I have been slowly making progress with all the edits for the next round of Father Figure beta reading. When I set a date, I don’t change it unless absolutely necessary; I’m happy to report I am still on target for an early 2018 release. Below is the current status:


Status: Thursday, November 2, 2017 – Week #13


Round 1 Edit – The First Draft

  • Every potential change suggested by the initial beta reading team has been reviewed, digested and addressed with the exception of 3 major items that all require a dedicated about of time where I can focus and plan. This is where I need to start turning off the internet for 4 hours each day to dive into the details without interruption.  To give you a flavor of what I am referring to:
    • Add more raw/griping emotion to the initial few chapters and remove/move some of the background information (Get less wordy and get into the action!)
    • Tighten up the character details, voice and tone for 1 protagonist who is a little too wishy-washy (Be clear on what she wants from others!)
    • Lengthen and draw out the ending a bit more to keep the suspense even more climactic (Don’t end this journey so quickly!)


Next Steps: Plan for Upcoming Week

  • Complete editing for 2 of the 3 key areas, as noted above
  • Read entire novel aloud with a focus on dialogue and point-of-view to ensure everything is consistent, clear and distinct
  • Determine who is interested in being a beta reader for Round 2 (target for readers to review from 11/20 to 11/30)


What’s on the author’s mind?

  • How believable do readers expect the plot of a novel to be? For example, if in reality, a situation occurs 2% of the time, and the book takes advantage of that situation, is it fair to judge the author or book by calling it out as unbelievable? Some say books should push the envelope and encourage limitless boundaries. Others feel if its a contemporary novel it should be something more common and relatable. I tend to fall somewhere in the middle. If the actual occurrence of the situation happening is fairly minimal, but still achievable, I think the author should do as much as possible in the novel’s narrative, dialogue and tone to clearly explain and show why even though it’s rare, it can happen. How do you feel?
  • Sometimes a character in a book is going on a journey and has certain beliefs or ideas about life. It may be different than the readers’ beliefs or expectations on how the journey should happen. There may be less action and more conversation in the story to help the character determine their goals. How do readers feel about this being a bigger part of the plot of a book? For instance, if someone is trying to make a decision as part of their story arc, is putting them through a few situations that might see like inconsistent behavior for them considered ‘acceptable’ or ‘frustrating’ to the reader? How do you feel?


I appreciate everyone’s input and feedback. Thank you and have a great week!



Summary of Father Figure (only read if you’re new to the book)

  • One young girl’s need to escape the mundane life she’s grown up in and another young girl’s quest to find her father, unaware of all the circumstances they’ve both been placed in due to decisions and actions occurring nearly 20 years ago and that both women have made in the present. How well do you really know your parents? Do they truly understand you? Can you ever truly escape the past?
  • A contemporary fiction novel set in two time periods with two primary characters:
    • 1984 – Amalia Graeme, 17, leaves Mississippi to attend college, glad to be away from a mother with whom she had a difficult relationship. While Amalia has a boyfriend, Carter, she’s secretly attracted to an older professor, Dr. Jonah West. She begins an affair with him and realizes she must come clean to her boyfriend. After she tells the boyfriend, they have a huge fight and she leaves to find Jonah, who she thinks can comfort her. Along the path, she encounters a stranger who will change her life.
    • 2004 – Brianna Porter, 18, who lives in NYC, is struggling with understanding who she is.  She longs to escape her surroundings and leaves for college where she begins dating one of her professors, probably looking for a father figure, as she’s never met her real father. Brianna has always accepted her mother’s story that her father was a military man with whom she had a one-night stand, later finding herself pregnant with no way to find him. When Brianna uncovers her mother’s old journal, she learns a shocking secret about her father and stumbles upon a few facts which could completely change the future.


About Me
I am a writer. I recently published my first novel, Watching Glass Shatter, with multiple 5-star reviews on Amazon and Goodreads. I am writing my second novel, Father Figure, with plans to finish and submit it to a publisher in December, 2017. As part of the process to engage with my fans and followers, I am publishing a weekly status on the progress of this second book. For a description of this book, check out the post where my friends and followers voted for this book as my second novel.

Beyond these two books, I have a number of short stories, poems and other novels in various shapes and forms. I also read A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at, where you’ll also find TV & Film reviews, Tags, Awards, Age/Genre/Book Reads and Author Alerts, as well as the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge.

You can also access my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.


21 thoughts on “My Novel: Father Figure (Week 13 – Thursday, November 2nd, 2017)

    Laleh Chini said:
    November 2, 2017 at 4:27 PM

    Best of luck🙂

    Liked by 2 people

    mistysbookspace said:
    November 2, 2017 at 4:52 PM

    Wow you’ve got your plate full!! I am so excited and I can’t wait to read your next book.

    Liked by 2 people

      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      November 2, 2017 at 5:03 PM

      Hey! Thanks… as busy as your November TBR, yes! Phew… I can’t wait to finish editing it. Probably 3 more weeks and it’ll be read for another round of beta review!

      Liked by 1 person

        mistysbookspace said:
        November 2, 2017 at 5:25 PM

        That’s exciting. I bet you’re so excited to get your second book out into the world.

        Liked by 1 person

        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        November 2, 2017 at 5:27 PM

        yes, but nervous too!

        Liked by 1 person

        mistysbookspace said:
        November 2, 2017 at 5:31 PM

        Yeah I bet so. If it was me I would be a nervous wreck. Let’s be honest though I would never have enough confidence to put myself out there like that. Plus I’m not a good writer lol.

        Liked by 1 person

    BrizzleLass said:
    November 2, 2017 at 5:13 PM

    You are doing so well, you already know my thoughts on your questions so I won’t regurgitate them here. I will remind you to stay true to your characters story arcs and personalities.

    Liked by 2 people

    AJ said:
    November 2, 2017 at 7:44 PM

    Woah Jay- that synopsis makes me want to have this book immediately!!!

    Liked by 1 person

    wakinguponthewrongsideof50 said:
    November 2, 2017 at 9:49 PM

    I like boundary pushing. If I wanted 100% accurate I’d watch the news. Well, not really, but know what I mean. But, at the end, you need to do what you think feels right for your characters

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    Mintly said:
    November 2, 2017 at 10:32 PM

    Good luck, Jay 🙂 it’s seem like will be a good one again.

    Liked by 1 person

    rugby843 said:
    November 2, 2017 at 11:55 PM

    Good luck and take time to relax some…😊

    Liked by 2 people

    coffeelovingbookoholic said:
    November 3, 2017 at 4:41 AM

    great progress jay! you’re doing so good. i am very proud of you!
    as for the characters choices. there will never be the best choice for a reader. you can agree or disagree. but that’s good, because not every person would handle anything the same way. so, i think it’s good, when you get frustrated as a reader. the only thing, that for me is important, that it’s relateable. i need to feel why this character did that choice, even if i don’t agree with it. you know what i mean? it needs to make sense.

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    tylerus said:
    November 3, 2017 at 8:48 AM

    On a personal level, I have no probs with lots of narrative and/or conversation as long as it keeps me interested and, yes, is believable. I’m not into sci-fi or fantasy, so I don’t want to have these types of scenarios in a conventional fiction novel. That said, I’m fine with (even enjoy) situations that are over-the-top or slapstick-silly, that yes, could be construed as impossible or of “yeah really?” quality. You should go with your gut, Jay; you know your characters better than anyone else. Put yourself in his/her shoes (mind and heart). 🙂


    Rae Longest said:
    November 4, 2017 at 10:47 AM

    SLOW DOWN!!! I haven’t finished Glass Shattering yet, Hon. BUT, I am enjoying it immensely. When I write my reviews of it, I’ll be more specific.

    Liked by 2 people

      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      November 4, 2017 at 4:00 PM

      I’m sorry! I can’t help it… the words just flow! I’m so glad to hear you are enjoying it tho!

      Liked by 1 person

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