I’m happy to announce the rough draft has recently been finished and the editing process has started strong. At this rate, the book should be available by mid-June or earlier.
I don’t have a cover to reveal yet, though I have seen the design, and it’s looking amazing. I do, however, have the title for the book:
“A Crumble of Walls”
It might not jump out at you at first, but I think the title will grow on most of you as you get into the action. Speaking of action, I took an extra week plotting out this book before beginning writing, and I’m hoping this will come across through the tightly woven narrative.
Before starting this book, I’d gone back and looked at some of my previous books to figure out what worked and what didn’t. (This is something I assume nearly all authors do from time to time.) I also took another look at many of the reviews I’ve gotten throughout my multiple series, as well as the many fan mails I’ve received. (I greatly appreciate all reviews and emails.)
I realized many things, and I want to talk about a few of them. I think it’s easier to list them in a “Problem” and “Solution” sequence. So here we go:
Problem: I haven’t recently put enough importance on the arc of each individual book, only the arc of the entire series.
Solution: Book 4 has a clear beginning, middle, and a culminating end even though there will be one more book after this one to mark the end of the series. Bam! Solved.
Problem: Pacing can be a problem. Sometimes relationships or story developments happen too quickly or too slowly.
Solution: Every reader has different tastes. I go by the general rule that I write what I like to read. That doesn’t mean every book I’ve written is perfect in my eyes, but it does make it hard to judge how other people besides myself might feel about the pacing in my novels. Fortunately, that’s what editors and beta readers are for. I’ve put more of an effort into recruiting beta readers to solve this issue, along with other issues. (But I could always do with more, so if you think you might be interested in beta reading, send me an email and let me know your thoughts on this series so far and why you’re interested in beta reading.) Bam! Solved.
Problem: A lot of readers seem to feel strongly one way or another about Sanya, which puts me at high risk of upsetting them.
Solution: I’m doing everything in my power to create a detailed world, characters that live beyond the page, and an epic journey for all the major characters, because that’s the story I want to read. (And I think most people do as well.) There’s no one solution to this minor problem, so I think it’s better to treat it like a reminder: My characters need room to think and act on their own. They don’t exist solely to drive the plot. But at the same time, I want everything in the book to relate. The only real way I can solve this is by making the story so gripping that even if you despise the choices of character, you’ll still love the story. Being the penultimate book in the series, there’s no more room for separate narratives. The story of Sanya, Basen, Cleve, and everyone else must come together, and I’m hoping you’ll agree that I’ve accomplished that in what’s turning out to be my favorite book of the series. A Crumble of Walls. Bam! Solved.