Thursday, February 23, 2012

Loose Ends

When you have loose ends, you need a twist tie. 

One of those twist-ties has been the confusion that occassionally erupts when I tell people about writing 12 in 12.   Some people assumed I meant that I started every one of the books from scratch during the year I released a book a month.  This did not happen

I want to burst into hysterical laughter at the thought.  Perhaps there are authors out there that sit down at their computer without a firm idea percolating in their head and produce a book a month for a year. 

I am not that author.

For instance, Pic Jump, my 12th book, had three lines for an outline/plot and Pic sprang out of leftover ideas I had for 5 Blanks, my post-apocalyptic thriller.  Klaus was written because I love Christmas.  Honestly, it isn't hard to write about characters who only need to be tracked through one book. 

Chest of Souls, my Epic Fantasy, was originally an idea when my oldest daughter was in grade school (she is now in her 30's).  Because I was telling the story especially for her entertainment, the concept revolved around a girl her age, a cat my daughter wanted for a pet, an elevator, a skeleton (the better to scare her with), a necklace with unidentified power, and, for my daughter who was struggling with self-esteem, the feeling of not belonging.  The idea, which never took root, was to take it to the next level and introduce a time-travel scenario.  It never happened.

That's when Chest of Souls started.  It became a NINE book series - the bulk of what formed my 12.  It became a literary hydra.  Whenever I thought I had a plot covered, two sub-plots presented themselves.   

It took a miracle to finish the books in the time I had allowed myself.

BUT  I consider the true miracles the things that have happened since November of 2012.  After returning from another state where I spent most of last year, I had new goals. 

Chest of Souls Book One was given a new cover, re-formatted to html, and re-released.  We had the promotion mentioned in this blog last November - along with a peek at the new book.  The artist is currently at work on another cover.  Hopefully, we will receive it soon and give the stories a much-needed push.

Ummm....except, well, now there will be a four-book prequel and a possibly six book sequel.  I did not plan to do this, but the juiciness of the plots and the tantalizing glimpses of the distant past and fatal future of the characters you met in the first nine books were too much.  When I get that kind of call, I have to answer it and so, the first of the prequels should be released as soon as the cover is ready.  I'll keep you posted.


Thursday, February 16, 2012

New Release: Hallow's Gate

It has been an enjoyable vacation from the pressures of writing day and night, but I'm back in the saddle again and the first ride is Hallows Gate, my first paranormal romance/murder mystery.  I don't know if it will be my talented muses take me through many fields of ripe fodder to enrich my books.

They aren't always useful fields of ripeness - like last night.  I had a dream which would now allow me to write a book entitled 'Dead Dogs in the Basement' if I wanted to.  However, I don't care for the title because it sounds like horror and I can't do horror; actually, I probably could, but it evokes dark thought processes that leave me feeling hollow.  I may put my characters through a lot, but I ultimately want a happy ending.     

For those that don't want to click on the image to make it big enough to read the blurb here it is:

New Year's changed Angelina's life
She got lost and fell in love - with a ghost
Now she needs to save him by becoming his wife
The problem?
If she succeeds, she frees him, but loses him forever
Love is more complicated than she thought
And that doesn't include the elves