If you’ve been following for a while, you know that in 2014, before getting a contract for FIRE IN THE WOODS, I completed:
- A first draft of a middle grade contemporary
- A first draft of an adult paranormal murder mystery romance (with aliens)
- A nearly final draft of a YA dystopian
So why are none of these on my radar for 2015? Why am I setting goals to start one or two new series with these projects waiting in the wings?
It was a very hard decision.
A very very hard decision.
Right now I have something every author dreams of, but never really expects to have: a fan base. Granted, it’s not huge… but it’s there. And they are vocal, and I love them to pieces. Every single one of them.
- Will the middle grade contemporary go over well for someone expecting an alien story? Probably not.
- Will the adult alien paranormal be good for this age group? Well, yes, for some, but I will have to publish under another name due to some adult themes… so no… not a good match.
- Will the YA dystopian thrill the paranormal-lovers? Maybe, but this is more of a journey tale… a slow burn before the climax. It will probably do well… someday. But I don’t think the timing is right at the moment.
I believe right now is a very precarious time for me. FIRE IN THE WOODS is an action adventure/romance series. I need to build on “this type” of book to keep the momentum moving. I don’t want to take chances with a risky theme, or something I have not tested the waters with.
There will always be time to dust those beauties off. Hey, sometimes I am just in the mood for editing. Those will be the days I pull those suckers out.
For now, though, I have several really fun thrill ride-type stories plotted out.
- Heavy on the action
- Heroines that are not afraid to stick up for themselves
- And “out of this world” guys that are really easy on the eyes.
Yes, it’s a bit formulaic… but I write the same way I read… for fun.
And to be honest… if I could run through the woods all day with a hot guy and watch stuff explode, I’d be a totally happy camper.
So… Why am I doing this?
Because I want to. Luckily for me, my fan base and I are in agreement.
Have you ever placed a few years’ worth of writing on a back burner?