Fall Again:Lost Boy by Donna Figueroa

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Fall Again: Lost Boy


Donna Figueroa

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About Donna Figueroa

Donna Figueroa is an actor and writer living and working in Los Angeles, CA. She has worked on stage and on the big and small screens. Her credits include appearances on several daytime dramas, voiceovers for animation, commercials and industrial projects, audiobooks and several television commercials.

She is a producer and storyteller at The Story Salon, Los Angeles’s longest running storytelling venue where she has written, performed and developed three one person shows.

Donna considers herself an athletic shopper always in search of the ultimate bargain. 

She lives in Hollywood with her husband writer/comedian Tony Figueroa, and their three neurotic cats.

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What if you met the right person-at the wrong time?

In Fall Again: Beginnings, the first instalment of the Fall Again series, actors Marc and Lauren meet in New York City in the late 1980’s. While there’s an obvious attraction, circumstances dictate that their relationship remain within the realm of a platonic friendship. Over time they struggle to maintain the façade of friendship to their closest friends and to each other. Until one night…
The Fall Again Romance series continues.

Fall Again: Lost Boy

Marc: The Interim Years

When Marc Guiro learns Lauren Phillips is gone, his life shatters.

LOST BOY, the second novel in the FALL AGAIN series begins as Marc frantically returns to New York, only to find that the woman he loves has left New York permanently. Marc is devastated, but struggles to put his life back together, often making choices that drastically alter the course of his life. 

 With support and encouragement from old and new friends, Marc unknowingly begins a personal odyssey to find himself- an arduous journey that brings Marc personal and professional fulfilment, and eventually leads him back to the woman whose memory refuses to leave him.

Two minutes later, when Mel opened the door to the apartment, Marc barged inside. “Where’s Lauren?” This was a frantic demand as opposed to a question.

If Marc had looked at Mel, he would have seen she was deeply troubled, but he hardly noticed her. The only thing that mattered was seeing Lauren. 

 Marc was moving toward Lauren’s closed bedroom door before Mel stopped him by firmly grabbing his arm.

“Marc, stop-I need to talk to you!”

Marc tried to shake her off. “And I need to talk to Lauren!”

But Mel only tightened her grip and angrily raised her voice. “No, I said stop!” 

 Mel had never intended to sound so cruel, but at least Marc stopped and looked at her, stunned, as the manic energy that had come over him dissipated.

Mel slowly released the grip on Marc’s arm while making every effort to calm herself down. “Look, I don’t have a lot of patience right now. I’ve had a rough day!”

Marc resented her comment. The only thing preventing him from exploding was fatigue. “That’s funny, Mel, because I’ve had a rough day too! Actually I consider today a continuation of yesterday, since I didn’t sleep last night knowing that this morning I would be breaking things off with Miriam. That task was successfully accomplished before nine this morning. Needless to say she wasn’t too happy about the breakup, and neither were her parents-or my parents! I made my mother cry and my father called me a disgrace to the family.”

Mel remained still as Marc recounted the events of his day. Her day had been smooth and easy in comparison. “Marc…I’m so sorry.”

He took a deep breath and continued to recount what had to be the longest day of his life. “Since I’d already caused enough pain in Montreal, I decided to head back to New York. Three major airports, a four-hour layover in Boston and one trip through U.S. Immigration later, I’m here.”

Mel could see that Marc was under a lot of stress. She took his coat before giving him what she felt was a much needed hug. Her voice took on a soothing quality. “I just wasn’t expecting you back until tomorrow.”

 Marc was hardly in the mood for small talk. “That was the plan but I’m back now-and I need to see Lauren.” He broke free of Mel’s embrace and quickly moved to Lauren’s closed bedroom door. He called to her while opening the door. “Lauren?”

 Marc stood frozen in the doorway of Lauren’s room, confused. All of her belongings were gone. He turned back to Mel as his voice caught in his throat. “Where’s Lauren?” 

Mel could see that Marc was worn down, vulnerable and exhausted as she dreaded what was coming next. “Marc…she’s gone!” 

For the first time since he arrived, he heard the sadness in Mel’s voice, a sadness that now filled his own. “God, Mel! Where is she?” 

As she spoke, Mel saw tears fill Marc’s eyes. “I don’t know!”

 With that Marc brushed past Mel as he headed to the front door. But instead of opening the door, he struck it hard with his fist, and then struck it even harder a second time. 

Mel was frightened by Marc’s unexpected and violent display of emotion. “Marc stop. Please calm down. You’re scaring me!”  

Her emotional outburst stopped him. When he turned to face her, he was barely audible. “Mel, I’m sorry. I’m so sorry.” 

Mel watched Marc shakily sink down against her front door before she heard uncontrolled sobs. At first, all she could do was stand and watch helplessly before her instincts kicked in. She sat on the floor next to him while doing her best to console him.

 All this time she had only been worried about Marc hurting Lauren, never imagining that Lauren would hurt Marc. But as Marc put his head into her lap, she sadly realized that Marc and Lauren had hurt each other.



Releasing the Manuscript Within: A Few Words about Editing
 For those of you who’ve written and published books, I’m sure I’m preaching to the choir. You’ve probably gone through similar experiences in your author’s journey and have stories of your own on this topic. 

For new authors who are self-publishing, please, have your manuscript PROFESSONALLY edited!

You’ve heard this before. Along with writing good manuscript and having a good eye-catching cover, having your book professionally edited will make your book more viable in a market place that is saturated with books.

When I began writing, I began reading as much I could in my genre. There’s a lot of good work out there, and work that could better. As a novice, I could clearly see who had gone the extra step and had their manuscript edited.

 I read one book that had so many problems that I wanted to stop reading, though I completed the novel-which wasn’t easy. I was continually taken out of the story by constant typos and spelling errors. The manuscript was repetitive in many places which severely slowed the action. Most reviewers of this book had not completed the book for these reasons. 

As I prepared to publish my first book, I was hesitant to turn my manuscript over to an editor. As far as I was concerned, every word I’d written was gold. I did have a proof reader who found many common errors. (Over time you become so close to your project that you lose the ability to see the simplest errors.) While proofreading is important, it’s not editing. You need someone with this unique skill set.

For my next project, I did use an editor. After I found someone I was comfortable working with, I turned over my manuscript, which two people had already proofread. My thinking was that he’d find a few missed typos or recommend a few different words here and there. Imagine my surprise when my manuscript was returned with many, many pencil marks and detailed notes in the margins. 

I panicked, but my editor put me at ease. “You have written an excellent story and you’re ninety percent there. My notes are only suggestions that I think will make your story stronger and tighter. Trust me.”

In the end, I agreed with and implemented most of his suggestions into my manuscript. I’ve learned that all of my words are not gold. My editor trimmed nearly thirty pages from my novel and creating a stronger and tighter read which flows effortlessly. Cutting away excess released emotion in my writing. In essence, my editor released the manuscript buried within my manuscript.

There was one segment that he suggested I restructure- a sequence that had been problematic. With his suggestions, the problems were easily fixed

 While I feared losing my writer’s voice, my voice now rang through strong and clear.

 Bottom line, my novel was better.

Working with an editor is a unique and somewhat intimate experience. Don’t be afraid. Put away your doubts and your ego, and find an editor. Your book is already good. Why not make it better? 


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