People keep asking me the same questions over and over again. The main one is, “Why did you publish 3 books at one time?”
The answer is really quite simple. “I didn’t intend for it happen that way.” Several years ago, when I decided that I would be leaving, my then present job in 3 or 4 years, I wondered what I would do after I left. I knew I wanted to travel and get more involved in social activism, but I figured that wouldn’t take up all my time. The thought occurred to me that I might get a part-time job for the extra money and the routine it would provide me seeing as how I was so used to that constant schedule. Then the brilliant idea of fulfilling a dream to become a writer became a real possibility.
With unbridled zeal, I dove into writing. Over the next few years I amassed a collection of short stories and unfinished novels and novellas. The last two years or so before I retired, I hunkered down and finished some of those incomplete works. When I did finally leave my job, I had theses edit ready manuscripts and all this unused time on my hands.
After a few trips traveling here and there, boredom beginning to stare me blankly in the face, so I shrugged my shoulders and said to myself, “Find an editor,” and that is exactly what I did. She welcomed me with enthusiasm, encouragement, and good advice.
I dumped one manuscript on her. Then two and I said, “What the hell…” and gave her a third one, as well. The rest is history.
People also ask me. “What is it you write? All three books are different and for different audiences.”
I’ve heard the messages, just like every other writer. “Find and write to your audience. Pick your genre. Write what you know. Blah, blah, blah…” I’m not saying that this advice isn’t prudent and valuable. I’m just saying that I write what interests me. I read more than one genre and so my writing covers more than one genre. As well, in a way I think this is a method of finding my personal voice. It’s almost like retrieving something from the back of the closet: you have to move all the stuff in front of it before you can get to it.
In other news:
I’d like to announce the eminent release of the second book in the “Fantasy Fire Series – Faces in the Fire.” The release date is not certain, but by the end of August or the first of September it will be available. Look for a definite announcement on my website and Facebook page. (Wow, 4 books in one year. Who would have guessed?) It will be available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
I’m also in the process of writing the as-yet-unnamed third book in the series. Hopefully, the fourth and maybe fifth and final book in the series will be completed by late 2019.
Let me end by thanking everyone for the interest and support they have offered me during this process. It has been miraculous and awe-inspiring. I am very grateful and encouraged. Thank you.
Till next time, remember. Give yourself the permission to dream.