I’ve just started writing Burden of the Crown, and I’m over 25,000 words into it in just over a week. It’s nice getting back to the characters I’m most familiar with, and I’ve had fun writing where everyone is at the beginning of the story. This one sets up the next few books, so there’s lots of little tidbits of information that will be expanded upon in future books.
I can’t really say much more without giving away plot points, but I will tell you that Aldwin has more of a role in this book as do Albreda and Aubrey. Of course, the rest of them are accounted for, though a few are off on special missions for the princess. The nature of these missions will be expanded on in the next book, Defender of the Crown.
Until next time,
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, Writer of Epic Fantasy Stories.