Sorry it has been so long since I’ve written here! It turns out, I still suck at blogging. But I’m good at writing!
Okay, so updates. Since I last made a post, Born of Air, Book 1 of the Valdir Chronicles released at the end of May, 2019. I ended up changing covers and honestly, I am so happy with the new covers made by Jennifer Stevens with Down Write Nuts. She is fantastic and is unbelievably knowledgeable about so many things. I look forward to continuing to work with her in future!
Born of Air is selling well, making me a little bit of change, about enough to pay for copyrights and book covers. So I then focused back on finishing book 2: Born of Embers.
Born of Embers releases this Friday, August 23rd, 2019. I am very excited. This is the book where we see all the crazy pressure of going from an orphan to the Queen of the Valdir finally taking its toll on Kalina. We see her tested in so many ways and watch as she either rises to the challenge or falls.
I have also been working on an apocalyptic/dystopian/horror/zombie novel on the side called Burning Skies and posting chapters on Wattpad. It is turning out to be a very fun side project. Sometimes I need to write in a completely different genre to keep myself sane and keep the creative juices flowing.
I am also working hard on writing Born of Blood, the third and final book in the Valdir Chronicles Trilogy. It has been a bit of a struggle. I went from not ever publishing to publishing four books in a year. If you’ve never published before, let me assure you, it is a grueling schedule and leaves little space for error or just recovery to be honest. I’m a fast writer when I can get the juices flowing, but I am beginning to flag. More days than I’d like have been spent recovering.
Prior to January 1st this year I had only ever written occasionally: a few chapters here and there, a few short stories, a few pages. I would sometimes take ten months to write ten thousand words. Now I write ten thousand words in a few days. It used to be that I only wrote a lot during NaNoWriMo in November. Since 2011, I have participated, and I plan to again this year, but it’s a huge adjustment to go from writing about 60,000 words a year to writing 240,000 words a year minimum. My creative muscles are stronger than ever, but also more tired than ever.
So, my plan is to finish Born of Blood by the end of September and, then edit and send to beta readers in October. Then, my plan is to release some time in November. Yes, during Nano. I think I might be crazy. That means I’ll be finishing edits, formatting, and getting it ready for publication all while trying to write at least 50,000 words. It’s going to be a crazy month. But that means I need to do plenty of planning in October to prepare.
After Born of Blood publishes, I’m going to take a brief break from my publishing schedule and instead really focus on writing an entire series. My hope is that I can write a trilogy at least or more within the span of a few months (Nov 2019- February 2020-ish) and then focus on rapid releasing. This should get you the books much quicker than if I stop to edit and publish in between each book.
Well, that’s it for now. I might make posts here and there obviously, and I will update pages as new books come out, but don’t expect me to blog consistently, because I doubt I will. Thank you all for reading and I hope you enjoy my books!