There’s a reason my books are available only in ebook format. I made the decision while standing over tables of printed books marked down in the sale section of a bookstore. Every bookstore we’d ever visited had a similar section, just as every bookstore across the country has one on a daily basis, year after year. What happens to those hardcovers and paperbacks if they remained unsold? Many would be returned to the publisher, but what after that? And what do buyers do with the thousands of books purchased each year after the books are read? I’d already donated dozens of my own books to the library and had taken numerous large boxes overflowing with reading material to Half Price Books during trips back to Texas. It truly bothered me, for more reasons than one, that my books may someday end up in a landfill. Since the content was the same whether printed in real ink or virtual text, I decided to stick with ebooks.
So the decision was environmental. It had nothing to do with the ease of changing the contents of a book. Once a book is written and published online, the only changes that should be made should involve correcting overlooked typos. An author should never cross a line by changing the plot or characters in a novel.
And yet, that’s exactly what I did. However, in this case, it was a line that needed to be crossed.
A little over three years ago, I published a novella titled Stormcatcher. Even after a few revisions, something about it bothered me. None of my early readers pointed it out, so assuming I’d contracted a typical case of writer’s doubt, I moved forward and published the novella. Copies were downloaded and Kindle pages read. Those who did review it didn’t mention anything amiss. But sales weren’t what I’d hoped for, and still, something bothered me.
The story was inspired as I stood on my back deck one day and watched an ominous cloud pass by. A cloud that soon after developed into a tornado that struck a city north of us. What would have happened if the wind had shifted and changed direction? Four years after that, as I once again stood on my back deck watching another storm (clearly learning nothing from the story I had written) a gust of strong wind hit me. And with it, the answer to what bothered me about Stormcatcher. The plot was fine, but one character was in the wrong place at a critical moment. After I moved that person to a spot that would created the most conflict and adjusted the remainder of the story to fit, I knew without a doubt–this time–that the story was finally as it should be.
So Stormcatcher is once again available for purchase on Kindle. I can’t tell you how much that pleases me.
Eryn Mathis spent her childhood traveling around the United States as an Air Force dependent, and she expects the adventure to continue after her high school graduation. A tornado outbreak one spring day changes everything.
Stormcatcher: Christian fiction set in the coastal plains of North Carolina.