What am I doing this week? Well, I’ve been moving forward on Ashes, the first book in the Frozen Flame series. Today I had a scene where one of the characters enters a fortification, and I realized I needed a layout for it. (It’s used more than once, too, so the effort is worthwhile.) I pulled up MSPaint and created the land mass, then imported it into MS Visio to actually create the walls and such. An hour or so later, with a few adjustments, the map was ready to go. The intention is to have it included with the book, but it will be redone one more time to make it look more realistic, but what you see in the picture works for now.
The book itself now sits at just over 82,000 words, with a projected length of around 100,000 words. I am hoping to finish it this week, but I think end of next week is more likely. A new series takes longer to create than an existing one, since I have to create maps, characters and plot out the entire story arc. How long will The Frozen Flame series be? I have no idea. At least four books, but more than likely it will be higher as the more I write, the more I come up with other ideas.
The first book, Ashes, includes another character, Brother Cyric. One day, I hope to spin him off into a series of mystery type stories. He’ll also act as a crossover character, appearing in other series that I have planned. (Yes, I know, sooo many series, but I’ll take them a few at a time.)
Once I’ve done writing Ashes, it’ll be back to the world of Merceria. Burden of the Crown has been much on my mind of late, and I can’t wait for the story to unfold.
Until next time,
Paul Bennett is a self-published author of Epic Fantasy books.