One thing I’m not great at is self-promotion. I’m the sort of person who lives a quiet life and doesn’t appreciate others forcing themselves or their stuff on me, so I’m reluctant to be perceived as someone who does it to others. That being said, to succeed at authoring, I have to self promote and one way to do that is to keep people informed on my current writing projects. I have two in the “editing” stage, several in the “needs revision” stage, and one in the “currently in progress” stage.
I’ve decided not to do a “series” in the usual sense, but all of my books will have a common theme—elements of what you might call “magic,” or you could refer to as “spiritual gifts.” (That’s kind of my theme… the idea that you could enhance spiritual gifts as magic in of itself.) Even Claudia is a dream seer, after all! If you choose to continue reading my books, you’ll find tactile telepaths, prophets, “guardians” with influence over the elements, empaths, and many more. You will even see references to earlier or later characters in different books, even though they may be set in different time periods. (That always delights me when I read something by the same author, so why not do it?)
Anyway, here’s what I’m working on at the moment:
Many years ago, when the films first came out, I ran a very popular website that dealt with taking each scene from the movies and talking about spiritual parallels and things that could be learned from it. Over time, I became too busy to keep it up, so I wound up closing the site but keeping all my information. I considered compiling it in book form over the years but it never felt “right.” I tried the long version, but it was too long. I tried a short version, and trusted friends said it no longer “had a soul.” So, I found a compromise – a witty, fun conversation between a narrator (yours truly) and God, as they sit and watch the movies together.
Preliminary editing is done, it just needs a final go-over. I hope to release it in mid-October.
It seems to be a trend these days that I wind up writing books over three times—the initial long version, a shorter and funnier version, and finally a compromise of shorter but in a more serious vein. This is a Victorian novel with a twist of “fantasy,” revolving around a young woman sent to live with her mysterious aunt in the northern woods. There, she discovers unexpected things about herself and others, meets and befriends the inventor Nikola Tesla, and fights with one of my nastiest villains, Julian Musgrave. He’s awesome. But I suspect a kind of awesome only a mother… err… author could love.
Again, this one is in the editing process (about 50% done) so you should see it before Christmas. I’m aiming for mid-November.
My earlier works, including Sins of the Fathers (a Georgian novel that reaches from India to the Colonies to Jamaica and back to England, which needs shortened by about 100k words), Isabella’s Daughter (a novel about Katharine of Aragon that I intend to shorten, change into first-person, and expound on through a supernatural twist), and The Face at the Window (a Napoleonic novel).
Fiction: Unnamed Titanic Novel
One of the first books I ever wrote was about the Titanic. I was an obsessed fifteen year old immersed in the tragedy for months on end. It’s sat in a “word file” for fifteen years while I moved on to other projects, but my fascination with the incident, the people on board, and the characters I created never faded. I’ve taken the main character out of it and am writing an entirely new adventure around him, which begins in Belfast in 1911 with the “launch” of Titanic’s hull and revolves around supernatural gifts and events, a twenty-year-old mystery, and a twist ending.
I’ve written about 18,000 words in the last week and a half, so I should be finished with it in plenty of time to have it out next spring before the annual anniversary of the disaster. My goal is to have it out in mid-March.
Nonfiction: Watching The Hobbit With God
I may consider doing this when all three films are out, if my first book meets with relative success.
So, my many writing-readers… what are YOU working on?