In a couple of weeks I’ll be attending Speculate Writers Festival. I’m on one panel, at 9am in the morning (eek!). Some very cool authors will be there. Check out the website for details.
Yes, you read that right!
I can officially announce that I am going to be writing a fourth book in the Millennium’s Rule series. Maker’s Curse will be the last book. Probably.
Right from when I first conceived the idea, many years ago, I had the feeling it might be more of a series of books than a stand alone or trilogy. Not just because of the huge potential in a universe full of thousands of worlds, but because Rielle’s stories were more like episodes that built on her past than a single story arc. However, when I returned to the story many years later, and Tyen’s story melded with hers, a main story arc had become more solid and I wasn’t sure if it would carry me past three books. I did warn my publisher that it might be a longer series.
However, when I was working on the edits for Successor’s Promise last year, I couldn’t help feeling that I hadn’t quite pushed that story arc as far as it ought to have gone. Some of the original intentions that I’d put aside were still strong in my mind, some of the newer ideas begged to be developed further and I could see a whole lot of interesting directions to send Rielle and Tyen.
Eventually I sat down and wrote an outline, and the way it all came together smoothly into a great book idea made it feel like it had been obvious all along. I had just been so distracted by all the troubles with my back that I hadn’t seen it.
Now, having taken a six month break from writing to let my back heal then work had at strengthening it, I’m ready to start writing. It has been hard holding off, because I am SO excited about this book and can’t wait to follow Rielle and Tyen into the adventures I have planned for them.
Here it is:
And it is a thing of beauty. The dark and brooding kind. I can’t wait to meet it in person!
It’s been a rather testing year. At the beginning, the troubles I’ve had with my neck for nearly 20 years abruptly escalated to the point where I couldn’t write. Physiotherapy and an MRI later and it seems like the problem is both a worsening of muscular issues along with the new complication of a slightly compressed disc and nerve.
Writing is the main culprit. It’s easy to tell it is. I can still paint and draw, if I stand up. I can dig in the garden. But if I sit or extend both of my arms for more than an hour even the strongest over-the-counter pain killers can’t cut the pain. Sitting and extending is worse.
(I should add: I’ve tried dictation software before, and it doesn’t work with the way I write. Please don’t sent me emails suggesting it.)
Keeping away from the computer for all but an hour a day for eight months has helped. So has reducing tweeting to a minimum – mostly just reading and replying to notifications. But it hasn’t cured me, and it’s likely this is a long-term problem that will only go away completely if I never write again.
That’s no fun.
I figure that, since I managed to write the last half of Successor’s Promise in an hour a day over about seven months, then polishing over another month, producing books is still possible. They’ll happen a lot slower, but that does give me more planning and plotting time. But before I launch into the next book, I’m having a rest for a few months (if you call physio, pilates and other exercise-related treatment a ‘rest’) to see if that helps as well.
I hope you’ll find it worth the wait.
To celebrate the paperback release of Angel of Storms, Orbit is running a fan festival that is all about creativity.
It’s an opportunity for artists and makers to demonstrate their unique skills and show how my books have inspired them. Whether you have painted Sonea’s portrait, made a soft toy veez or a Beetle pendant, we want to see it. If you haven’t seen your particular creative specialty on the list, just enquire to see if it can be included.*
The details and lists of prizes are here.
* Unfortunately I had to rule out fanfiction for this competition, as I’m going to be choosing the final winners and I don’t want to be influenced when I come to write future books. Also, I have an idea for a fanfiction project that I might do a few years down the track.