Decision Time

Since going from being a wanna-be writer to a publishing author, one of the dilemmas I face is what do I write next? Because now I’m not just thinking about pleasing myself, but I’m aware of my growing fanbase as well. That being said, as much as I want to, I can’t write for other people. I have to write what lights a spark of excitment in me. And not for any lofty reasons, either. The fact is, if I try to write something that doesn’t inspire me, my mind wanders, the days drag, and to make it all worse, it isn’t very bloody good.

My writing is evolving. What I planned to do a year ago doesn’t fit with the reality of where this journey is taking me.

I started my publishing career with a paranormal romance novel, ORDINARY ANGELS. I’m still very proud of that book. It’s funny, has a quirky heroine, has peril and murder and steamy sex… but is it the book I’d write today? I’m not sure.

Even HAYWIRE WITCH, a book I started and enjoyed immensely at the time didn’t go anywhere. It sits on my hard drive, one third finished and recently untouched. Why?

I find myself moving away from paranormal romance and deeper into the epic fantasy world I first created with BLOOD FAERIE, then followed up with AZURI FAE. The final book in that trilogy, ENEMY OF THE FAE, comes out next month. When I created BLOOD FAERIE, I knew I was deviating from the style of ORDINARY ANGELS, but I thought it would be fun to dip my toe into something different. I had no idea that dip would plunge me deeper into something that not only I, but readers too, would enjoy immensely.

I get mail sometimes, asking when I’m going to write the promised sequel for ORDINARY ANGELS, and I always feel bad, as though I’ve let down fans of my first published novel. I have so far just replied saying that I’m focusing on my current release. But now it’s time to face the music. The true answer is: for now, I’m just not feeling it. I loved that book when I wrote it, and still do, but I’m not feeling inspired to write follow-ups to that world. I’m not saying never, but I have to admit that until I fall in love with it again, I couldn’t do a follow-up justice, and that feels wrong. I’m sorry if I’ve disappointed anyone, but I can’t let myself put out a book I don’t think is as good as readers deserve. If I tried to write something I didn’t want to write, it couldn’t live up to those starndards.

As to my next project, yes, I have a new trilogy planned. I’m very excited about it, and I think it’s something fans of the Caledonia Fae series will very much enjoy. However, tease that I am, I’ve decided to hold off making an announcement…. Oh hell, I can’t do that! How mean would I be not to tell you what’s coming next!

My next works will be a new trilogy in the same world as the first three Caledonia Fae books. In fact, I will probably number them as Caledonia Fae #4, #5, #6, so readers aren’t confused about where they fit into the world. Where the first trilogy focused mainly on Eilidh and Munro as point-of-view characters, in the next trilogy, the focus will shift a little bit. Have no fear, however. Both characters will still be very much a part of the world, but the plan now is for other characters to emerge at its heart.

I do have titles, concepts, and even some preliminary cover art, but that’s all I want to say for now. ENEMY OF THE FAE is getting a final dusting from my new editor even as I type this, and that’s where my attenion will be firmly placed until its release. After that, expect announcements, cover art reveals, and lots of squeeing about new plans.

I do hope readers will understand my choices and follow along with me as my writing evolves, even if that means leaving early ideas behind (at least for now). I don’t always know where inspiration is going to lead, but the journey has been full of wonderful surprises. I hope you all feel the same way.

facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

4 comments

  1. India, I think I’m in the same boat as you. Last year, I wrote two short story prequels to a time-travelling series I intended to write. Book 1 *was* due to be published this August but I just don’t feel motivated enough to finish writing the book (half of it’s already written).

    In the meantime, I’ve started a new series, which I absolutely love. I will return and finish Book 1 as I’ve had several people say they can’t wait to buy a copy, but I’ve pushed back the release date to January 2013, to give me a bit more time to rediscover my passion for the original series.

  2. I know what you mean. I’ve noticed what I write or plan to write keeps changing based on where I want to take my work as a writer. People might be disappointed for a while, but I think most will understand. :)

  3. Sounds like a great plan. I loved Ordinary Angels, but you’re right. You are a different writer today. I’ve loved watching you change and grow. It’s only going to get better. Following your heart, listening to it, is always the the best way to go.

  4. Follow your passion and it will show through in your writing. Your readers will appreciate it, even if it’s not the story they hoped you’d write next. Better to deliver what you want with passion than what they want and have it fall flat.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>