I find that really quite interesting, Phy... I always love hearing how other authors develop and evolve their first novel!!
For me, well...I have been developing my story for going on sixteen years. It all started with a dream I'd had. It had always involved a young boy overcoming abuse, but I must have written it and re-written it a thousand times, in the least. I had that life-changing dream when I was about fourteen years old, and it evolved from being during present-day times back into the 1800s. I did that so I could include horses frequently and because I have always been fascinated by Western movies and books.
But, I never could quite get it right. The book did not fall into place until a life changing moment happened in 2015. I just started re-writing it...again...when, in that October, I met Jesus Christ. I experienced salvation while in the hospital for a suicide attempt. My book suddenly had hope; a point to work toward for my little boy...and, the novel just sort of, came together beautifully!
I have not had a huge amount of success yet at all with the selling of my book, but I pray that those who are meant to read it, do, for the Gospel is presented clearly in a heartwarming, adventurous, exciting, suspenseful, and creative novel. And if just one person comes to know Christ because of my book, then it will be worth it.
God bless and can't wait to be involved in more of these discussions!