And it is time for a long overdue update. Several months ago that, for the sake of my sanity as well as to give me more time to work, I would take a break from social media and from blogging. It wasn’t a complete break but it might as well have been. But these months have been fruitful and I am finally getting back into a daily writing routine while still managing to deal with the joys and travails of being caregiver to my 92-year-old mother.
One lesson I learned over the last year, and especially these last few months is that my writing process has changed. I’m not to proud to admit it scared me and frustrated me. Things I used to do with ease no longer worked. So I put aside the various projects I’d been working on and gave myself permission to try something new and to risk failure. It wasn’t an easy decision, but it was a necessary one.
Instead of trying to force myself to do final edits on Designation: Frejya (and probably really screw them up) or finish the final drafts on Surtr’s Fury (or muck up the drafts of the next Eerie Side of the Tracks or Sword of the Gods books), I let my muse loose. I told her she could write whatever she wanted. Let’s just say she surprised me.
I expected her to return to Mac Santos, either as a prequel story or as something that fell between some of the already published stories. Nope. She decided to take a time jump forward and write a story about a grown-up Camryn Santos, with characters from the main series now supporting characters and Cam finding her way in her mother’s shadow. Not only that, Myrtle the Evil Muse mapped out a trilogy in that new universe. Whether anything comes of it or not, I can’t say. But it did get me writing and actually enjoying it again.
The second story she did wasn’t quite as much of a surprise because it is something I’d been toying with in the back of my mind before now. If Mac and company have been my favorites to write, Ashlyn Shaw and her stories come in a very close second. One of the hardest things I’ve ever done was decide to bring the series to an end. But I had more stories I wanted to write. So guess what Myrtle decided to take on next?
You got it. There will be a new novel, the start of a trilogy, set in the general Honor & Duty universe. It takes place about a decade after the end of Destiny from Ashes and while Ash and a number of characters from the earlier books will be present, much of the first book–as well as the series–will focus on Ash’s son, Jake. Like his mother, he’s followed in the family footsteps and wants to be a Devil Dog. But he has a lot to learn and he has to prove himself before that can become possible.
I also went back to Surtr’s Fury last month and it will soon be ready for publication.
Then there’s the suspense novel–yes, you read that right. A suspense novel. No paranormal or magical aspects to it and not space aliens, advanced tech, etc.–that attacked me the other day. This is when I put my foot down and told Myrtle I would take notes but it had to wait its time.
In other words, after a year-plus of fighting to put words on the page (mainly due to worrying about Mom after her fall, then making sure she got to all her appointments, etc., and having to wrap my head around a change in roles to caregiver), the words are flowing. Check back tomorrow for an excerpt from Warborn Legacy.
For now, I’ve been working on designing a cover for it. This is a very rough draft and will be updated before publication.
I’ll be back tomorrow with an excerpt.