So, there I was, writing into Roguehunter, book III of the Magehunter Saga and the main character’s daughter has just been taken. I have extensively plotted all the chapters for this story and everything is set, with little notes added for all the additional little things that need to be dropped in at the right places for continuity. My dear Jace, (main character) should be distraught and absolutely beside himself and frantic in his efforts to locate, or at least find out what happened, to his little girl…
Jace had other ideas. He looked at me and made a rude noise, then said, “I wouldn’t act that way.”
“I need you to be that way, just to set up the next chapter.”
He chuckles. “That’s nice. Why do I have to be distraught, when I can really be useful in leading the effort to recover my daughter.”
“Arn’s teeth, man!” I shout at his irritating grin. “This is your daughter, possibly in the clutches of a very evil person.”
He waves his hand. “And running around without purpose finds her, exactly how?”
“Grrrrrrrr. Okay then, what WOULD you do?”
Jace smiles, rather triumphantly. “Well, for starters…”
He proceeds to lay out his ideas and I sit back and listen. Sound and logical, his plans are laid out in successive waves, with backup plans for nearly every stage. Afterwards, he looks at me and gives one last grin.
“So, what’s wrong with that?”
I grumble. “Nothing. I guess.”
The characters win again, which means chapter five needs to be rethought and plotted again. You would think, with all his magical might, Jace might just write the whole damn thing himself and give it to me. But then, I guess he did, by telling me the way he would go about things. Since he disagreed with me, he’s telling me that to write the scenes the way I had originally plotted would lend a certain character dissonance. I have to stay true to who he is and what he’s learned over the course of two books.
Point being. Make your characters real. Talk to them. Understand what drives them and makes them do the things they do. Believable characters are, without doubt, the most important thing in any book, in my opinion. An intricate, well plotted story line, falls flat with unbelievable, wooden characters.
Peace out folks!
Okay, I’ve been gone for a bit, I do apologize, but I have an excuse…?
PRIESTHUNTER is done! Book II in the Magehunter series was finished, packaged, and sent to the publisher. So I got to work on Book III, Roguehunter which will take up the story seven years later. I’m going to try to go a little darker in this story, though more towards suspense than outright horror. If I achieve horror level, I’ll consider it a bonus. The main character, Jace, will be dealing with dark magic this time. Necromancy is the antithesis to what he stands for.
Some quick reviews….
Luke Cage…AWESOME! I was disappointed with ditching Cottonmouth for Diamondback though. Cottonmouth was much more despicable. Shades was a flat out tremendous character.
The Walking Dead…Great start of a new season. That look in Rick’s eyes when things are all going wrong is so well done.
Looking forward to Iron Fist in March 2017!
Lastly, Roguehunter is completely plotted out and already started. In the wings is Book IV, Kinghunter, and Book V, Godhunter.
I won’t be gone so long this time, I hope.
At long last, the final words tumbled out of my brain and into the digital stream feeding into the computer. The last lines were spoken, the curtain descended. Now I await word back from the publisher, might be a while because they are B U S Y right now with launches out the wazoo. Started more plotting and direction for my ideas for Priest hunter, as well as, future ideas and story arc to tie into future releases in the series.
Be that as it may. DONE!!!!!
On to the next project. Keep reading folks!
As I edge ever closer to finishing Magehunter, seriously, only four or so chapters to finish, I wanted to take the time to, once again, sing the praises about Pandamoon Publishing. This is just a tremendous outfit that does top-notch work for authors. They’ve been hiring like crazy people to build a team of editors, proofers, artists, and management to have everything running like the proverbial well-oiled machine.
In 2013, I was introduced to Pandamoon Publishing by a colleague, who thought my work deserved to be looked at for publication. I called and spoke with the CEO…(HI ZARA!) (waving)…and we discussed a lot of things, goals, ideas, and the like. I didn’t have to send in anything because my colleague that had introduced me, had already given the manuscript over for perusing. Not long after that conversation, I was offered a contract. Now, if anyone out there is an author like me…get my meaning, not my words…you’ve been letting family and friends read your work and they’ve always held glowing comments. Here I was, with a professional publishing company, being offered a contract, allowing me to be part of a stable of writers. This meant my work really was good enough. That remains one of the highlights of my life.
Along the way, July 2015 arrived and WHAM! I had a published book on the market! Another highlight to my life. Here’s the thing though, Pandamoon didn’t stop there. They’re constantly in contact, helping with all sorts of marketing and support for me, their trying-ever-so-hard-to-be humble writer. Stack on that, I’m writing Magehunter, which morphed into a series and all my fellow authors from PM, as well as Zara and the crew, are all cheering and supporting every step of the way. I’ve been a member of writer’s groups before and honestly, take ’em or leave ’em. Too many feelings to be hurt and criticism that’s agenda oriented mostly is what I found. With Pandamoon, their support and encouragement is more than a group of terrific writers to bounce ideas off of, but a readily available staff of market professionals than can help with what WORKS and what doesn’t.
So, I sing to thee, o’ Pandamoonians. Thine efforts to support mine own self and work tis appreciated and divinely sent. May thine business practices set the world on fire!
Ok, back to Magehunter……..
My foray into the realms of the fantastic is coming along nicely. A little over two thirds finished with Magehunter, a story of power, the risks and rewards of using it, and the consequences. This is looking like a very strong first book in a series, if my inner mind’s eye is anywhere near accurate.
Lifeblood is still stewing, my new paranormal series idea is idle at the moment, with all my attention focused on finishing Magehunter to dangle in front of my publisher and see if they bite. Pretty sure they will, but you never know.
Another 20K words or so and it should be complete.