Today’s post is more of an update than a musing.
First, I am back from my not-so-brief hiatus. I missed posting here, but I was so drained creatively that I had to enforce on myself a break from routines. Although some dates have slipped and “Maia and the Secrets of Zagran” won’t be out until September, I have been working diligently in the background. Working through the second round of edits with my editor, Allison Itterly, finalizing the cover for Book 2, working up a publicity plan for the launch-they have kept me busy. My day job has been a little hectic as well, and now that the weather is lovely, I find myself outdoors and playing with the kid more often. Thus the delay and a revised date for Book 2-September, 2014.
Second, I am planning some changes to the content here. When I first decided to create a blog, I had intended for it to be a snapshot of my journey as an author. I also hoped to share with my readers, the internal workings of my characters, their stories, trivia, among others. But, since then, as I navigated the world of indie publishing, I drifted more into publishing and promotional information. Not that I don’t like writing about them, nor do I think they are less important than the other aspects of writing, but I realize that they are only part of said journey as an author.
I have also been receiving steady requests from readers urging me to share with them how I come up with ideas, names of places, and such. Since I write science fiction, most of my settings are on the brink of unusual, and the intrigue of such imagined worlds demands more information.
The other request I have just started receiving is about the fringe characters. Now, Maia’s story spans five books, so it is quite a large narrative by itself. But it is only a thin slice of the larger world dreamed up by my overactive brain and as expected there are characters who reside at the edges of the story. They often do not and will not get to be in the limelight. Yet, readers want to know about some of them.
Thus the change to the content of my posts here-I will now cycle through ‘my publishing/publicity experience,’ ‘how I came up with’ posts and ‘character sketches.’ The ‘how I came up with’ lobby has been particularly strong, so I will start off with that in a day or two. I hope you like it. As always, if there is a comment or suggestion, please post in the ‘comments’ or send me an email.