It’s been awhile since I posted an update, so I thought I’d do so. Work on the next book is coming along in fits and starts. It’s a challenge because of one particular character and the setting. She’s a hard one to write, and I’ve had to go back and rethink her multiple times. I think I’m finally getting an understanding of who she is. There’s also been a surprising amount of research I’ve had to put into the setting. The series–working title is The Magi of Arylyn–is set in the U.S. in 1986. I would have thought that would be easy to write about since I lived through that time, but nope. No chance. I keep having to go back and look up what was going on history wise. I had to buy a road atlas from 1986 just to get towns and highways right. Even the weather is a pain. I’ve had to look it up to see what was going on on particular dates in particular places.
At any rate, I’m about 3 weeks from finishing the first book in the series–William Wilde and the Magi’s Blade–but after that comes a round of edits. BTW the book is a lot shorter than the novels of The Castes and the OutCastes. It’s about 80,000-90,000 words vs. 155,000 words for A Warrior’s Path, but the series itself will be 5 books, so plenty will still happen. Also, there will be one character from The Castes and the OutCastes who, right now, makes an appearance in the new series. I don’t know if I’ll keep the character in The Magi of Arylyn or not, but that’s what editing is for.
And after I’m done, I’m going to shop the book around to traditional publishers and work on book 2 while that’s happening. If it isn’t picked up by a trad. publisher, then I hope to release the book on my own in the spring of 2017, and if I’m lucky, I might have book 2 on the road to completion by then as well.