Brian Paone

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Moonlight City Drive Part 2 - First Draft Finished

When I finished writing my most recent novel, Moonlight City Drive, back in fall 2017, I did not have any visions for a sequel or had any desire to continue the story line of these characters. But after talking with multiple people who had read the book, the consensus seemed to be that there was certainly a desire from the readers to know “well, what happened next??”

I knew in my heart of hearts that I didn’t have a true series of books in me within this story arc, but I also didn’t want to just have a single sequel. So, the decision was made earlier this year to make Moonlight City Drive a trilogy.

I began writing Part 2 in July of this year, and last week I finished the first draft. It comes in at just over 80k words (this is 3k words longer than Part 1). But the first draft is always filled with scenes that need to be cut or expanded upon, so the word count doesn’t really became closer to the final product until the second draft is completed.

I started the second draft yesterday, and my editor has penciled me in to have that draft to her in December. That’s where the 3rd and final draft will take shape. So, we are right on schedule of releasing this book in 2019, with Part 3 coming in 2021 (all books having 2 years in-between them.)

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