September 19, 2017
There might come a point where I accept I have too many things on my plate, but IT IS NOT THIS DAY!
First up, I’m entering into the final passes of Light of the Stygian Orb. It has come back from my beta readers, so just has a few tweaks before it goes into proofreading stages. As it stands right now, October 23 is looking more and more likely for Zach and Molly’s story to be available.
Also in IE land, I’ve finished the major rewrites on Gods of the Stone Oracle, the IE finale, and loving it even more now than I did on the first few passes. These characters are just all so… broken, and now they’re lumped in together to solve the issues that have been building throughout the last couple of books, and it is ALL THE EPIC! It also has turned out to be my longest book, clocking in at 130,000 words BEFORE it goes to my editor at the beginning of October. I can’t wait to get my hands on it.
As for coming-up projects:
I haven’t had a chance to go over Blackbird again and make those changes. As much as I’m eager to get back to it, my focus is on books that I plan to release next, and unfortunately Sebastian and Alice are further down my list. Instead, I’ve been busy working on NaNoWriMo prep and my return to Andvell. Naya’s connection to the dragons is causing her trouble, but they could also be what helps her and her family prevent yet another rising threat to their world. (Seriously, how much more can I put these poor people through?)
I also came up with a neat idea for another urban fantasy series… There’s a small possibility I’ll be juggling two worlds for the next little while. I’d better go stock up on chocolate.
August 14, 2017
Things are moving along so well this summer! Although there might not be very much surface movement, the behind-the-scenes has been a wash of activity on the writing/editing front.
For The Invisible Entente series alone, the end of the series is so close to being ready. Light of the Stygian Orb, Zach & Molly’s story, just got back from my editor. This week, I’ll be making her proposed changes and finish line edits. After that, it’s just 8 more rounds of read-throughs and revisions before it hits stores on October 23 (barring any delays). I love this story, my editor loves this story, and I’m sure you will, too. Zach and Molly are both such strong personalities that putting them together was a hoot, and their banter adds as much heart as humour to the series.
Ravven is now at work on the cover, so hopefully I’ll be getting some mock-ups from her soon. I can’t wait to see how the last two look!
As for Gods of the Stone Oracle, it just returned from my crit partner, and I’ll be starting those rewrites in earnest in a couple of weeks. From what I can tell right now, though, it’s going to be a long book. It’s already the longest I’ve written with an aim for publication, and as I go through edits and revisions, digging deeper into stories, character, motivation, and emotion, I don’t think it’s going to get any shorter. My aim is for this to be released in January 2018, so I hope you’re going to be ready with tea and blankets for an epic conclusion to the series.
There are a few developments in non-IE projects as well.
Over the month of July, I did a read-through of The Blackbird Symphony (which had to be renamed due to similarities with the title of another of my books). It needs some major surgery, adding a couple points of view and really digging deep into the hearts of the character, but I love it just as much as when I first wrote it. This book will take a while to get to a level where I’m happy with it, so it’s probably in the “years” rather than “months” timeline, but I can’t wait to share it with you. Fans of Alice Hoffman and classic Tim Burton will really appreciate it, I think.
As for what’s coming up after IE…. I don’t want to say too much, because I want to focus on marketing and promotion my wonderful mishmash of urban fantasy characters, but I will say that ideas are starting to move from sludgy “what ifs” to more definite “and thens”. My plan is so start brainstorming in the next couple of months and have a working outline to begin drafting for this year’s NaNoWriMo. And, yes, it will mean revisiting some old friends.