It’s the end of August as a write this, and for those of you who don’t know (99.999% of people on planet Earth) I started writing a new book this month! It’s called Fantastic America, and I hope you’ll love it. The book is contemporary fantasy, but if that doesn’t mean anything to you, that’s okay. Its the start of a series set in a version of our world where magic suddenly returns to the Earth after thousands of years. It’s not the end of the world, but it might be the beginning of the end!
I’ve started this book before, I’ve started this series before, but I’ve never finished any of it. What’s so different this time you ask? PLANNING! I have done all the heavy lifting up front: research, a story arc, and a more detailed outline than I ever thought I could write. I’ve written by the seat of my pants so long that I never finished what I started, until now.
I’m almost a month in to this planning, and I have to tell you, I’m excited! The first book has practically written itself. The characters have come to life at my fingertips, their dialogue flowed onto the page as if I was just recording what they were saying over my shoulder. The scenes are vibrant, sometimes creepy, and always entertaining, at least for the few people who have read what I’m planning. I’ll keep everyone updated here as I progress through the chapters I write. Along the way I hope to share snapshots of the journey, the highs and lows, and maybe even teasers of the story, its characters and settings.
I’m sure it will be a wild ride – I’ve set a deadline for All Hallows Eve – October 31st, 2020. Check in with me here to see how I’m doing!