It’s been a bit quiet from me recently, so thought I’d post up a quick update to talk about what’s been happening and my plans for the rest of this year.
It was a pretty big end to the year for me, with the release of my second book of The Raven’s Tale trilogy – which was a lot of fun to write and, I think, really kicks things up a notch from the first. Somehow it ended up being longer as well – it feels a bit ridiculous now thinking back to when I was starting on it in summer 2016 I was worried there might not be enough!
Which brings us to this year. Originally this was going to be my 2017 roundup post, then it slipped to being a winter update, and now February has arrived with astonishing suddenness I thought I’d better get something up before spring follows hot on its heels.
Which really highlights the main issue I’m faced with right now: time. Or rather, the lack of it. Without going into tedious, domestic details, a change in circumstances in real life has meant my available writing time being reduced to basically zero, which has been the case since August. I’m hopeful, however that the coming months will see that ease some.
Which is a roundabout way of saying I’ve not yet begun committing book 3 to paper. A lot of it exists in my head and I’m filling that mental canvas on a daily basis… and I think fans of the first two books will enjoy it a lot. In any event, after an exhausting process of writing and then editing book two over the course of about 15 months, I felt like a needed a little break from novel writing.
However, I still wanted to be working on something, and ideally something in the same world I’ve been writing about now since 2015. So, towards the end of last year I began working on a novella – it will likely be longer than a standard one, probably in the region of 60k words or thereabouts. It’s a standalone prequel to the events of Dawn of the Dreamsmith, which can be read either as an aside to the events of The Raven’s Tale or as a point of entry to the series.
I don’t want to reveal too much too soon, but essentially it tells the story of an episode in Raven’s life eight or so years before she meets Cole – a part of her history that I’ve hinted at in passing in books 1 and 2. And I think it’ll be pretty cool.
At this moment of writing I’m about halfway through the first draft, and hoping to publish in the late spring/early summer. I hope you’ll check it out.