I am: on deadline. For Book 2. Something I would’ve killed someone for a long time ago (for legal reasons this is a joke), but realizing now that maybe deadlines aren’t the greatest tools for creativity. And yet, when it comes to actually sitting down and typing/writing, deadlines are what my mentally insane brain works with best. You see how that’s contradictory and a big problem for moi?
[No one tell my editor how I spent the past 24 hours running around like a headless chicken over this
, and especially THIS
But back to earth, I’m really excited to get my hands deep in Book 2 (and for one day soon to stop calling it book 2).
For actual updates, I’ve finished Act 1 of my zero draft, and I’m currently sifting through scenes for Act 2 which I aim to write by the month’s end.
I’ve had several questions about whether Monsters is a series/standalone/duology so here’s what I can tell you:
I conceptualized this book first as the world. Everything else, including Koral, came later. This is the story of the Islands of Ophir. Book 2 is a bridge story–both a sequel and a standalone which would explain the consequences of Koral and Stormgold’s relationship, before we can go back to Koral again in future books.
AND, this is important, if these books do well, I will get to continue Koral’s personal story.
Which, again, is where you guys come in.
If any of you have read the ARC already, know that I plan to continue Koral’s story but I need Book 1 to do well, so please review it on consumer/retail sites for the Algorithm(™) and tell your friends about it! There’s only so much I, as a single person, can do–but as a reader and, you know, a consumer person type in general, nothing is more effective than word of mouth.
[And as for why I would call Book 2 a standalone? You do not have to read Book 1 to read Book 2, but it would definitely be a richer experience. And if/when Book 3 comes out, you’d be better prepared for the story.]