I was writing away on my fifth book last evening, and a sudden thought came to me. I wonder how many words I have written since I started the Heir to the Crown series. A quick calculation later, and I just about fell off my chair; over half a million words!
It's hard to remember back to when I started stories and never finished them, but a recent clean-up of our office unearthed multiple books and binders with many incomplete novels. From dwarves in the mountains to spaceship captains running from aliens, I had a never-ending supply of ideas. All I was missing was a way to finish a story.
I can honestly say that outlining a book is how I managed to finally finish a story. I know of many authors who can sit at a computer and just write; the plot developing as they go, but for me, that never worked.
I should have realized this much sooner, as I have always written up an outline for each roleplaying session I ran, but it took researching different styles of authoring for me to realize how important changing my style from pantsing (just sitting and writing from the seat of your pants) to plotting would be.
I still amaze myself when I see that I have four published books. At times, it all seems a little surreal, but then I receive a wonderful review from a fan, and all I want to do is write more!
Today is a good day. We just sent Heir to the Crown: Book 3, Heart of the Crown to our Advanced Reader team in preparation for a September 18 release. My Beta team did an amazing job on their read through last month, helping to identify some areas that needed a little more detail, so I am excited to share the finished book with the other half of my reading team.
And, yes, I have already started writing Book 4: Shadow of the Crown, and am on target for a winter release!
These past few weeks I have been busy with the final touches on Heir to the Crown: Book 3, Heart of the Crown. This time around I expanded my Beta Reader Team and they have done a stellar job of letting me know when I needed to expand on certain areas of the plot. I owe them a huge debt of gratitude for their willingness to be honest, even when it was tough to hear. The story is better due to their feedback, and I look forward to having them on my reading team for many more books.
After finishing book three, I was inspired to detail out more books (I already had up to book five outlined) and I now have all the way to book nine outlined, with a few more yet! Shadow of the Crown(Book 4) and Fate of the Crown (Book 5) are completely detailed chapter by chapter, and I have already started writing Book Four, working towards a late winter release.
Everyday as a writer, I am more and more inspired! As if I didn't have enough in the pipeline, over my holidays, I found an old Science Fiction story that I started about ten years ago, and I can't stop thinking about it. The Alexander Drake Saga will be my first foray into the Sci-Fi realm, but not until 2020, as I have two other Fantasy Series I want to write before. If only I had a time machine!
A couple of months ago, our buddy Brady crossed over the rainbow bridge, and little Miss Daisy has been pretty sad ever since. We had been looking for the perfect fur-sister for her and discovered this little sweetie on a local rescue organization, S.C.A.A.R., the same place we adopted Daisy from. Miss Tilly is a silly little 8-month-old mixed breed who has endless energy and brings a smile to us all. Here are a few pictures of her as she learns what a home and family are, as she was a stray dog before she came into the rescue organization. Thank you to the wonderful volunteers who foster these dogs and show them what love is!