After getting feedback from beta readers and the editor, I realize I left out a lot of key stuff.
I got questions like: “What happened to Patrick? What process did the mom go through to get the kids back? What happened between Kiara being ten and her being fourteen?”
I know this story, it’s been a part of me for the better part of my life. I see it in my sleep, when I’m awake, etc. As I’m going back through it, I’m all, “Crap, forgot I changed Noemi’s name” or Kiara doesn’t call her mom “mom” anymore after going to foster care.”
I really think there’s something to this whole… “Take a few day's break, then come back with fresh eyes.” I’m seeing the story from a whole new perspective and I’m falling in love with the characters all over again.