My New Project
A number of folks have asked recently what I’m working on. Yeah, I know, it’s been a bit since there’s been a new book out there. Such is the life of a writer that not everything you write gets published right away—or sometimes at all. Since I write for money, if someone wants a development document or some background material for a project they want to put together, and that someone is willing to pay me for it, that’s what I do.
But right now I’m working on a new fantasy trilogy called Crown Colonies. I’ve referred to these books as “Lord of the Mohicans.” I’m combining the whole American Colonial feel with magick and dragons (among other things) to create a really robust world for great stories. While things are being packaged as a trilogy, I’m really looking at it more as a setting and characters where I can tell a limitless series of tales. Some will be novels, some will be shorter pieces, and I’m open to doing anything from graphic novels to radio and screenplays.
Some folks have asked if I’ve read X or Y series of novels that sound like they might be touching on something similar. I haven’t. I’ve studiously avoided anything even close, even when it’s by writers I like. I’ve been confining myself to doing a lot of historical research—which I love—and working out all the kinks of the stories that make them entertaining to read and write.
The cool thing is that the Colonial era has always fascinated me. In creating the Crown Colonies setting, I get to examine political pressures, the nature of freedom, and philosophical questions that lots of folks have largely ignored until recently. I get to toss in adventures, military campaigns, religious pressures and a very cool new magick system (I’ll blog more about that fairly soon).
And, best of all, I’m having a blast writing it!
The first novel, At The Queen’s Command, is the one I’m working on now. I just love this phase of writing because of all the cool ideas that pitch forward into the latter part of this book and the other books in the series. That part of the creative process never fails to amaze me.
Not sure when the books will hit the stores, but I’ll let you know here the moment I hear.