Well I’m finally back from the UK. I’m actually having a harder time adjusting than I thought I would. I rather enjoyed the lifestyle in the UK. There’s a lot of walking. Didn’t need a car in London, which I enjoyed more than I ever thought I would, since I quite like to drive. I also liked having all the cultural things available outside my door (ie the museums, plays, musicals, concerts, etc.). Although they’re completely different, it reminded me of what I liked about living in L.A. years ago. Of course in L.A., you don’t have the same types of entertainment. Anyway, I’m still a little jet-lagged and managed to catch a cold, so I’m trying to recover.
I’m not expecting to accomplish much this week, but I’ll need to hit the ground running next week. I have nine chapters left to edit in RED, then I’m sending it off to an editor. I need to know if it makes sense to anyone, but me. *ggg I’m probably not going to edit much of Scarlet and Crimson, since this job has turned into nearly re-writing the entire novel. I don’t really want to do that two more times. LOL! I’d rather focus on new material. That said, I am glad that I got to go through RED. I hope to heck that I’ve made it better. It’s still extremely gritty. The only thing I’ve toned down is the romance, since it’s obvious from the layout of the original version of the book that it wasn’t a romance novel. Does it have elements of romance? Yep. Do my hero and heroine hook up? Yep, but it’s not a romance novel.
I realized while re-editing this novel that the book is about two things: Catching a killer. And the heroine discovering her true nature. Everything else adds to the overall series arc, but isn’t what RED is ultimately about (ie self-discovery). It would’ve been better to have been marketed as a sci-fi/fantasy suspense novel, which is what it is, but you know how that goes.
I’m also looking at either writing a short prequel or side stories based in the Dead World. Not quite sure which at this point. I know four possible ones, but since two are fairly tragic stories, so I don’t think they’d be the best ones to go with. The third is a love story involving one of the side characters. And the fourth is an origin story. My concern is that a lot of these stories won’t make sense to people who haven’t read the series and met the characters. So I’m trying to come up with a way to introduce readers to the Dead World that won’t confuse them or scare them away.
I’ve been making career plans while I’ve been overseas. I am going to release several of my books in paperback. I have to get covers made for them and have them formatted before that can happen. So it will be a slow process. I have other things that I’m looking into and will post more once things have solidified.