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.