Wow, what a year this has been! Tale was quite a ride, to say the least. But then again, so was the other books in my series. I wanted to reflect on this last year since there were a few changes to my writing team and to my craft in general.
I really worked hard to get this book done by the end of the year, and low and behold, I did it! My launch party was held December 10th and, thank goodness, it was another success.
Of course, no thanks to getting Pneumonia in May, emergency gallbladder surgery in August, Rick's stem cell injections in September, serious financial struggles, and taking care of my mother who now lives next door. It was a tough year all around.
Tale was an interesting book for me because for the first time the story was completely in Djenrye, not going back and forth between worlds. But my series has seemed to develop a theme, although I won't say what it is yet just in case you haven't read the books. I really enjoyed writing Tale. I could really delve into the world of the Djen and see where Stevie's story would take me. I think it turned out rather good.
Of course, now we have another dilemma to contend with for the next book, Myth, but we learned a lot about the other dimension and about Stevie's past. My goal was to go deeper into the "Gods" aspect of the story, and carry it through. If you remember, my inspiration is Ancient Alien theory. So the world that's wielded by Gods will be unveiled.
I have always had an idea what would happen in the end of the series, but what my characters had to go through to get there, is another story entirely. I really had no idea until I started writing Tale. Now I can see the books all the way to the end.
Writing a fantasy fiction series is interesting. I had no clue when I started where it would take me. I also had no idea how much goes into creating, not only characters and their personalities, but the world of Djenrye itself. There is much more to it than you think.
Hence, the reason why my team is invaluable to me. They keep me on the right path. There has been times where Robin will point out to me that a certain character would not do whatever it is I wrote, or Michael would keep their voices the way they needed to be. I have found if I'm in a certain mood, it will come out in my writing and they will draw me back to where I need to be.
They also know my story as well as I do - that's priceless.
Robin and Michael have been with me from the beginning. And I'm happy to say, they are still on my team. Robin is one of my critique partners, I've always had two. But after Lore, Janet decided she had too much on her plate and would have to put writing on the back burner for a bit. So, in comes Heather. I met Heather through my books. She was given them for Christmas a few years back and loved them. She emailed me and told me so, then she made the fatal mistake of telling me she wants to write. ;-)
We got together to talk about it, and a friendship was born. She is still planning to write, but in the mean time, she jumped on board at the end of Lore and now Tale. I'm happy to report, she will be with me through Myth, and I hope, the rest of the books.
Michael, at first, was my Jr. Editor. What is that you ask? Well, after my critique partners and I would go over a chapter and I would fix the changes, they would go to him. It was a pair of fresh eyes, and not to mention, he's a non-fiction writer himself, and is rather good at catching mistakes. After Fated was done, he told me he wanted to become an editor, so I gave him a chance. He edited Lore and now Tale. I hope he continues with me through the rest of the books.
I know it seems like a lot of people, but when you're like me and don't have enough confidence to strike out on your own, it sure does help to have those who know what they're doing to point out mistakes and hopefully, to learn from them. They are my family too, and I can't imagine writing a book without them.
I hope this next year is a good one. My goal is to get through Myth and hopefully publish in the spring of 2019. I did manage to learn a lot from my sister, Toni, how to format for createspace and download. I hope to learn how to format for ebooks from her this next year.
The other thing I plan to learn more about is marketing. I did learn some things this last year, but was unable to keep up with it and with this next year, plan on organizing my time better so that I can market properly.
I do think once you read my books, you will love them. If you would like to give them a try, you can always download Fable for free and check it out. Free Fable
This is the perfect time to do so since it's winter time and you can curl up and read. If you do decide to give it a whirl, let me know what you think. I know there are a few mistakes in the book, and I do plan to go through it and fix them, but if you can overlook those few, I think you will enjoy it.
So stay tuned - Myth is being written and will be available in a year or so. If you haven't read any of the books, you still have three more to read after Fable.
Enjoy the pictures from the launch and I hope all of you have a wonderful New Year's celebration and I pray that we all have a healthy, happy, and prosperous 2018!