Monthly Archives: April 2014

Dark, Darker, Darkest – Nevermor’s descent into Book 3

If you’ve read through Nevermor 1 and 2 – and if you know anything about my style – you know I don’t let things stay light and happy for long. Most of my characters go through hell before emerging, either victorious or at least somewhat resolved. If there is a happy ending, don’t expect to get it easily, or without biting your nails to the very last page.

Nevermor, my friends, is no different.

In the beginning, I said this series was dark fantasy. Book 1 was not particularly dark as far as my standards go, but I tried to bring it down to that place so that it could meet up with book 2. It was a bit of a challenge actually. As most of you know, I wrote Forsaken Dreamscape first, and my intention in going backward was to recreate the story of Peter Pan in such a way that it could lead into Forsaken Dreamscape without fully abolishing all that was magical and carefree about the original story, while giving it enough of a dark touch that book 2 wasn’t a shock. There is certainly a tone of darkness to Peter Pan anyway, and I tried to draw from that while creating my own.

In book 2, of course we see the descent further into darkness – with the world and the characters alike – but if you thought it couldn’t possibly get any worse, think again.

The characters are a bit older now, so it seems only right that their intentions might have grown and changed as well. I still sort of call this a YA series, but I never intended it to be for children. I wanted to keep the younger feel in the first book but still give it a vicious nature, but the story has moved away from that now, on to different things. I’ve always thought of it as ‘young adult for adults’ which is an odd way of putting it, but that’s what I wanted to do. I wanted to keep themes that appeal to me in young adult books – younger characters, first love, coming of age, a life without the responsibilities of adulthood – and then bring it to an adult level with deeper situations and a higher reading level.

Never growing up is a central theme of Peter Pan, but the characters in Nevermor have grown older, and it was always my intention to reevaluate that theme and use it myself.

Not long ago, I was perusing some of my older stories (from back when I consider myself to be in my writing prime) and I started wondering whether or not I’d gotten too soft. Does Nevermor, as a unit, live up to standards I’ve set for myself in the past? Does it portray what I do best, which is to twist things around and build an amazing horror/dark fantasy story that astounds? I wasn’t sure, but I made myself a promise. With book 3, I would try to get back to my roots.

So I can pretty much guarantee you that it’s going to be the darkest volume yet.

That doesn’t mean I’m going to trip over my own purpose. It won’t be like a horror movie where every scene is meant to shock and appall. I just want it to be as full and meaningful as what I’ve done before. I want it to strike the core and pack the same punch. You know, with lots and lots of terrible things.

That’s the road I’m currently on.

I’ve given you clues within the first 2 books (whether or not you might have realized it) and if you’re crafty, I think you can gather a fair idea of what might happen in book 3. Stumped? Nah, it’s okay. Book 2 might have seemed like an enormous leap from Book 1, but I’ve never lost sight of the story arc which stretches across all the books. I’ve always had a plan.

I’m not going to give you specifics right now, but if you want a hint, I’ll tell you this: In book 3, expect to revisit book 1’s theme with book 2’s consequences.

Just to update my progress, I finally have 50k written toward book 3, but the sections come to me in spurts. It’s possible I’m having slight writer’s block, but I’m going to try a new tactic soon and hopefully make more progress. In the meantime, I’ll have a few other books to release soon, so that will keep me busy and at least connected to my own writing, past and present.

I do this once in a while, but I want to thank everyone who is following the blog, who has read the Nevermor series and helped to support me by sharing my posts and reviewing my books. It’s very important to an indie author to have news pass by word of mouth (or writing).  So, if you haven’t (!!!), please help me out by doing so.

I’ll share more with you soon! I hope to start posting more frequently as I get my other books together and continue to work on Book 3.

Nevermor Update on the Fly

I keep thinking of things that I ought to post about, but by the time I actually settle down to it, the topic has fled and the words won’t come. Soooo that’s the story of why I haven’t posted anything here for a bit.

But, I hope to resolve this right now.

I suppose the first thing that needs to be addressed is to talk about what I’ve been doing lately. I have, I guess, been alternating between taking a break and working on Nevermor book 3. So, let’s start with that.

It’s April, and that means Camp Nano is underway, and I’m taking part in that. I’m aiming to add 20k to what I have already written, and camp is just getting started.  So far I have around 45k for the book in total, but I’m not sure it’s as I want it… That brings me to the next point. While I’m still going to aim for a Feb 2015 release, I’m not going to rush myself. I want this book to be worthy of me (and you, of course), so I’m not going to release it until I’m certain it’s just like I want it. You all know it will be worth it.

I’m not going to talk about Book 3 yet, but I’ll start giving information on it a bit later once i know I have things under control.

Additionally, I’ve been working on a few other projects – mostly proofing a couple of my older works so that I can hopefully release them later this year. I’ll go ahead and tell you which ones I’m thinking about, though I can’t say when they will be available.

For those of you already familiar with my works:

Jack and Jill (yes, I hear you rejoicing) – It was my original plan to rewrite this a bit, which I have done some of, and then I thought ‘You know what, I’m done with this rewriting junk. It was a hit before, why not just let it go?’ Soooo it will still be rewritten some, but not as much as I had planned.

The Hallowed – I think it’s in pretty fair shape, but I haven’t started going over it to edit yet.

The Nutcracker Bleeds – I have this one pretty well edited by now and I intend for it to be released in November of this year if all goes well.

These books will be in ebook format only for now. I’ve put two of my other books into print (Roses and Black Glass and Rickety House), and I don’t think I’ve sold a print copy of either. The only books I’ve sold in print are the Nevermor books, and it’s not really worth my trouble to mess with the formatting.

There’s another thing I’m working on currently.  Those who took a gander at my Kickstarter last year might have noticed that one of the prizes listed was that I would release a deluxe version of Forsaken Dreamscape which would include the Peter Pan version of the story. Though the Kickstarter didn’t fly, I’m still planning to do this.  People keep asking me about the old version, and while I now see that this version was important to people, I don’t want it to exist on it’s own. SO! It will be published alongside the Nevermor rewrite in this Deluxe Peter Pan Edition. This bundle will only be available as an ebook. Right now, I’m thinking July for the release.

Hmm, what else. Oh, some of you are STILL waiting for Forsaken Dreamscape to be released on Kobo. I just want you to know, that’s no my fault. I wanted it to be there in February, but I’ve been informed that Kobo is wayyyy behind with their listings, and I have no idea when they will actually catch up. But as of today, Forsaken Dreamscape is still not there. I’m annoyed, but can’t really do anything. If you haven’t already sought alternatives, you should be able to get a compatible version through Smashwords.

I think that’s about it! Again, comments are welcome!