I finished up another round of edits on Endure a few days ago, and now I’m left with some time on my hands. This is exciting for me. The Protector has taken up the last few years of my writing life, and as sad as I am to see it end, I’m excited to venture into new territory. So as this book goes off to my editor, my schedule opens up and I’m going to do just that. And since I promised to share some details about it, that’s what this post is all about.
This idea has been rolling around in my head for a long time. In fact, I’d actually considered writing this book before I tackled Endure. However, given the cliffhanger ending in Release, I didn’t think it would be fair for my readers to have to wait any longer than absolutely necessary. So I put this story aside as best I could.
I already had some messy brainstorming and character bios written for this series, and while my beta readers had Endure, I wrote the first few chapters. Writing those chapters only succeeded in making me even more excited. Since then, I’ve re-written the first chapters multiple times, trying different point of views, perspectives, and styles. After all that experimenting, I’ve decided to stay with First Person narrative and tell the story from the main characters point of view.
Now since I haven’t written a full outline or finished the first draft, I’m going to be a little short on the details. That last thing I want to do is reveal anything that is likely to change. So for now, I’ll tell you what I can, and as non-spoilery details become concrete and available, I’ll share them.
While I only have a tentative title for the first book, I do have a confirmed series title. The new series is going to be titled “The Nova Chronicles.” For those of you who have read The Protector Series, you’re aware that it’s a mash-up between Epic and Urban Fantasy. Well, The Nova Chronicles is going to be a little bit different. It’s going to take on Urban Fantasy in a more dominant way, and there might (stress on the might) be a bit of a Sci-Fi edge to it. I always struggle with genre defining, but that’s how I see it at the moment.
The story is going to be told from Nova’s perspective, in a world where demons are well-known and acknowledged by the public. Whereas The Protector was directed at a YA audience, this story is going to be more adult-oriented. There are a few reasons for this. First, YA offers certain limitations to the story I want to tell. And second, although I could adjust accordingly for the above reason, I’m not in bookstores appealing to that audience, and as far as I can tell, my audience is mostly 17+, which leads me to believe that this will have little to no effect on my readers. Since my characters are in their early 20’s, does that make this a New Adult series? I don’t know. I’m still waiting for a firm definition as to what that is. For now we’ll just drop the YA and call it Urban Fantasy.
What can you expect from this series: As with my other work, you can expect high-octane action and fight scenes as well as badass monsters. I’m already working on some innovative creatures to infuse in the books, as well as researching different mythologies for monsters that already exist (of course, I’ll do a little work to put my own spin on these creatures as well). I’m going to be working almost entirely with new creatures in this series. Any that are included that I’ve written about before, will be used sparingly and come completely redrawn to create something refreshing. And of course, you can prepare yourself for magic.
At the moment, I don’t know how many books will be in the series. I have a general idea of the overall series arc, and I have the first book fairly detailed in my mind, but for now I’m going to play it by ear. What you can prepare for along with the action and fight scenes, are some fast paced stories.
I’m going to be working hard on this book for the next month, hoping to see a first draft completed sometime in May. Because this is the beginning of a new series, there is a lot of work that needs to be done, and most of it has nothing to do with the book itself. I need to plan things as a series, design the rules around my world, and do a lot of backstory writing for my own sake. Because of that, I can’t guarantee anything, but as a pre-starting goal, I’m aiming to see this book ready for purchase in the Fall.
I think that’s all the details I have to give away today, but there will be more as things come together. I know this is kind of vague, but I don’t want to give away too much. I am extremely excited about this new series, and I hope that I’ve given you enough to pique your interest too. I know in the past I’ve spoken about querying the new series and trying to take it the traditional route, but at the moment that decision hasn’t been made. My goal right now is to write the book, and look at things then.
If you want to keep an eye on what’s going on, join my Facebook Fan Page, and/or keep an eye on the homepage of my website. On the bottom right is a column titled W.I.P. that I update regularly with my progress. But the absolute best way to stay in touch will be via my Newsletter. By May 1st, you’ll see the link on the top right of the sidebar. That’s where I’ll keep readers updated via an e-mail newsletter that contains book updates, sales, and exclusive content! The e-mails will be sparse, only going out a few times a year. I don’t want to spam anybody, and this will only be for truly special stuff. And while you wait to hear more about that and The Nova Chronicles, you can get yourself jacked up for Endure! May 1st is the cover and synopsis reveal (sign-up here), and June 5th is the release date. Neither of those is very far away, and soon you’ll see how everything comes together. I for one, cannot wait.