I’ve been neglecting my blog this month, so obviously I’m not working on that, lol! But I’m trying to make an effort to keep it up and going and maybe offer something kinda, sorta interesting for you guys. Anyway, my apologies for there being nothing new for a few weeks.
As many of you know, I finished the fourth or fifth round of edits on the third book in my Elemental Series, Water. You start to lose count if you edit as much as I do. My editor and proofreader, Cassie, already had her hands on it and then I attacked it again after having enough time away from it to see it through fresh eyes. And then I turned it over to my beta readers. I have two readers for this book and so far I’ve gotten it back from one of them already. She had some awesome insight into a particular part of the book (can’t give any spoilers!) that I hadn’t even thought about, but might give the story just a little more meat. But all in all she said she loved it (yes, she had some serious criticisms of things that bugged her and if she’d hated it, she’d’ve told me, trust me) so I’m very excited about that. Now I just need to get it back from my other beta reader and see what her reaction was.
Luckily my two beta readers are totally different types of people. Yes, they have things in common (obviously they have similar reading tastes), but styles, personalities, life views vary widely between these two awesome ladies. This is important because if they were totally alike in too many ways I wouldn’t have a decent range of reaction to the book. If they both enjoy the book then I’m gold after one last round of edits. So! Fingers crossed people!
Speaking of Water I am working on the cover as we speak, or rather, Stephanie Mooney is working on it. I am so excited about this cover. Stephanie already sent me the first mock ups last week and I was just blown away. When I do the cover reveal I’ll post the original picture of the model Stephanie started with just so you can see Stephanie’s magical abilities. This cover is a little darker and creepier than my last two but I think it’s going to be amazing. I am just so freaking excited!
Outside of the Elemental Series I am brainstorming ideas for my next, brand new project. I am going to try my hand at an Adult Urban Fantasy series. If you’ve been following my blog and read any of my flash fiction pieces posted here then you already have some idea of what I’m going to be working on. I’m excited to start this project after working on the Elemental Series for the last four years. Yes, there is one more book in the Elemental Series I need to complete, but I really needed a break after finishing the first draft of Fire. In this new world all of the Supernatural Creatures and Races are out in the open, living in quasi-harmony with the human community. It’ll be a nice change of pace not having my characters always worrying about keeping their abilities secret and hidden. I don’t want to give anymore away than that, but I hope you guys will forgive me for taking a break from YA for a little bit.
And of course I’m always thinking of a dozen other ideas of stories I want to write. Being a writer means never having a quiet moment in your mind. There’s a corner of my brain that wants to write a dystopian story, no, not zombies, just dystopian. Another part of my brain wants to write something set in a different time, maybe WWII era, or Elizabethan England. There are just so many stories out there and if I could write them all at the same time, I would, but I might go mad with so many voices in my head.