Just a little update on my progress so far. The 3rd Lunar Shadows book has finally got a permanent title. It’s called When The Fog Eats The Mountain. I thought this title was more unique than Heartwood (how many books out there are called Heartwood? Dozens probably). I’ve planned out about 80% of the scenes and written a dozen of them. I’m not sure how long the story is going to end up being, perhaps a bit longer than the first two, so I’m squeezing what I can in and I may have to cut some bits out at a later date.
I visited Edinburgh last week for the first time and I was so amazed by the beauty of the place that it’s given me fresh inspiration to write. Getting to travel gave me some space to think, too, and that helped me to formulate some of the scenes I hadn’t had a chance to really go through in my head. The storyline has switched itself around a couple of times but now it feels like I’ve got a definite path to go down. Owen’s character has evolved so much in this novel that I hope people won’t dislike him because he has changed. He’s much stronger than he was before, and his role in his relationship with Maredudd is slightly different too. I have put a part of myself in Owen from the beginning and I wonder if the change in Owen is because of a change in me too.
I’m about 20% of the way through my third novel, most of it is planned out now and the ending and everything is organised. I’m not sure if it has turned out exactly as I initially imagined, but then I’m happy with the way things are with it now so I don’t feel it’s necessary to change it. It has spawned a prequel. Lol.
I’ve got plans for a bunch of other stories but I’m trying my best not to focus on them and end up getting sucked into them.
I completed my manuscript of Rough Sleepers and am happy to report that it has been submitted for examination to my publisher. I’m super excited! The journey I made whilst writing it was very different to the journey I experienced with Witcheskin, and I suspect will be different again to the third book I’m now working on. I plan to complete the trilogy and then write some spin-offs about the other characters in the series, Mecky in particular. I’ve also written the beginning of a novella with Leon and Ceri in as a follow-up, which will solely be a romance story with very little in the way of supernatural horror.
I have ideas for other spin-offs but I’m trying to keep them under control because I also need to continue work on Scissor Island lol.
I successfully migrated my blog from Blogger over to WordPress and I’m really impressed with the styles and themes here. They look so fresh and modern! My blogspot was looking pretty tired, like a circa 90s HTML site, not a good look unless you’re going for retro. Hopefully I can settle in nicely here and maybe get myself a proper domain name.
At present, I’m planning the plot-line for my third book, which will encompass both sets of characters from my first and second books, whilst hopefully clearing up any questions from them too. It’s going to be darker and have more emotional drama. Although technically it may not be classed as a ‘romance’, one of the couples in the story have a falling out and have to reconnect with each other, so in a way, it is a refreshing of romance between them. It’s taken me awhile to formulate a plot because originally there were two separate stories, then they combined, and then I separated them again because it just wasn’t working.
As it stands, I’ve got one other story that I’ve made a start on (Scissor Island), and two other story plots, one of which relates to a character who appears in book 2 of my trilogy. I named the trilogy Lunar Shadows, because it kind of sums up the theme running through them.
Apart from that, I’m working on some new characters and considering starting a Patreon, but I don’t really know how it works at this stage, nor how I can provide things for patrons as a writer. I guess I will look into it.
Today I finished the first draft of ‘Rough Sleepers’! The draft totals at just over 110,000 words. I’ve got a whole text file of things I need to go back and edit/adjust/add in so my work isn’t finished yet. It’s slightly longer than ‘Witcheskin’ but the storyline has a lot more characters in it so that’s not come as a surprise to me.
Now onto the editing stage!