How Long Does it Take?

How Long Does it Take?

historical fiction, Christian,

My latest book A Hobo’s Wish

How long does it take to write a book? That’s a question I am frequently asked.

It’s a difficult question to answer because it has so many variables. Each of the ten books I have written took a different amount of time. The more I write, the better writer I become and therefore I can write faster and do less editing because I get it right the first time. Yet, it depends on the genre and on whether I’m writing my own book or someone else’s book. Also, how much research I must do.

A Hobo’s Wish, my historical fiction released mid-November, took me 19 months to write and edit. That included researching the depression era, hobos, and the CCC camps. In addition to many personal interviews, I attended a Hobo Convention in Britt, Iowa, took a tour of Camp Rabideau in Blackduck, Minnesota, (one of only three restored ccc camps in the US), and read about a dozen books on the subject. I visited a hobo museum, watched documentaries, and flew to California to take a ten-day road trip from Palm Springs, California to Minnesota, following the route my character traveled.

The first two novels I wrote took much longer. Yellow Curtains, (not yet published) took the longest because I kept making changes. Kathleen Creek took a long time because it was so close to my heart, being based on my grandmother’s and my father’s true story.

I expect my next story will take much less time because I plan to set it in Kathleen Creek where my last two historical novels are set and I have already researched that era, also because I plan to use one of the characters from A Hobo’s Wish as the protagonist.

Can you guess who that main character from A Hobo’s Wish will be?

Is there a character in that book that you would like me to write more about?


Blessings for a simpler life,
Connie Lounsbury

Author, Connie Lounsbury

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