I was invited to participate in this writing process tour by author Sara Gauldin. Her latest book, The Corporeal Pull, is free at the moment on Amazon! You can find out more about her writing at SEBGwrites.wordpress.com.
1) What am I working on?
Having just published my third YA action/adventure fantasy novel, Prince of Malorn, on Kindle, I’ve started the process of formatting it for paperback. Next in line is the fourth book in the Annals of Alasia series, tentatively titled King of Malorn. It’s been “finished” for a couple years now, but I need to go through and make sure everything ties in properly with Prince of Malorn. I hope to have it ready to publish in the fall, though. Then I have a book called The Collar and the Cavvarach, which I drafted last November during National Novel Writing Month. It needs more polishing, but I’m excited to get that one ready for publication, too, hopefully by the end of the year.
2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?
My Annals of Alasia series is unique because the first three books take place at more or less the same time (at least, there’s quite a bit of overlap). They each describe the same major political event: the invasion of the kingdom of Alasia by the neighboring kingdom of Malorn. Prince of Alasia begins on the night of the Invasion and describes what happens to twelve-year-old Prince Jaymin after he is forced to flee for his life. In the Enemy’s Service tells the story of those who were not able to escape from the Alasian palace when the enemy invaded. Prince of Malorn begins several months earlier and focuses on the Malornian perspective of the events leading up to the Invasion. In each of the books, main characters from the others make brief appearances and interact with each other at the point where the time frames and settings overlap. King of Malorn will be different, though; it takes place five years later and brings together the main characters from all three of the other books.
The Collar and the Cavvarach is unique because it’s hard to even classify it under a specific genre. The story is set in a world almost exactly like ours in almost every way, except that slavery is legal and widely practiced there. I’m calling it “speculative fiction”, which is a nice broad term that can encompass pretty much any form of fiction that isn’t strictly realistic.
3) Why do I write what I do?
I write the stories that come to me. Realistic fiction has just never come to me. I think it doesn’t offer my imagination enough freedom.
4) How does my writing process work?
Next Monday, find out about these other great authors and their writing:
Sherry Chamblee lives with her husband, six kids, two dogs, and a cat in southern California. She doesn’t really have free time, so she wrings some writing time out of hours normally meant for sleeping. You can visit her blog and learn more about her family and her books here: www.sherrychamblee.weebly.com.
R.A. Meenan has been writing since she was old enough to hold a pencil. Her first novel, The Stolen Defender, is the first of a long series and will come out later this year. She lives in Southern California with her husband Joe, and her two cats, Annie and Ziggy. http://zyearth.blogspot.com