Sidetracked! But in a good way. Skein went out on Amazon last month http://amzn.to/140AZVg and I decided that before promoting it, I’d finish the second book already in the works entitled Liber. Well that was interesting and I was having fun writing it BUT… reached a writer’s block before a battle. Damn! And since the block wasn’t going away anytime soon, I took a break to work on a prequel to Liber, the sequel to Skein. Basically, Skein is set in 2013 and Liber is set in 2030. Felt like there ought to be something in between there. So, along came Soul of Stones as a sortof spin-off story.
The others were well plotted out novels but Soul of Stones is a pantsered story, no idea how long it will be. Maybe just a novella. If you don’t know what Pantsing means, it’s when a writer gets an idea, sits down and just writes the book, letting the plot and characters evolve organically. And it’s moving right along.
Meanwhile as I’m finishing Soul of Stones, in the back of my mind, the kinks with Liber are working themselves out! So I’ll be back to work on that shortly.
A note of caution—this may be a spoiler or two—there’s other differences between Soul of Stones and the planned books—Skein and Liber, namely, I’ve intentionally written it with a higher ratio of dialogue. Granted, some things cannot be in it can’t be spoken, such as when the character has an epiphany but is completely alone. Well, I could have switched to first person. But didn’t. Soul of Stones is still horror but skirts around Magical Realism. Also, it’s not about the same family and focus problems as in the Gorgon Star series. It’s in the same universe, takes place in the same location as Skein, but it’s about something else—essentially, exploring some side-effects of what happened in Skein that have affected people in Soul of Stones. Different set of characters entirely. No main character in particular and many extroverts interacting in Soul of Stone vs. the shy, perceiving types that are the main characters in Skein and Liber. We’ll see what readers think of these different methods, how they’re working out.
When Soul of Stones and Liber published, in October (fingers crossed) we’ll post the news here first!