Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Writing Update: Almost Done with Minstrel's Serenade
But, my first few fantasies didn't sell well, so I branched out and tried science fiction. I also grew up watching Star Wars and Star Trek TNG, so that was an unexplored area of my writing. I was afraid I wouldn't be able to do it, because I'd never been too interested in real science, but I wanted to give it a try. That's when my writing career really took off. I wrote a novella called Nebula's Music in 2009, which got picked up by Lyrical Press. (You can still buy it here for $1.99.) Then, I started a full fledged space opera- The New Dawn series, and a YA tie in called the Paradise Reclaimed series. My first book in the New Dawn series, Paradise 21, got me an agent, and then sold to Entangled Publishing, really launching my career. These books took up the next two years of my writing career from 2010-2012.
During my sci fi frenzy, I longed to go back to writing fantasy. So, I started Minstrel's Serenade on the side in March of 2011. The story sat and sat throughout 2011, and much of 2012 until I finished the New Dawn series, and two books in the Paradise Reclaimed series. Entangled Publishing had asked me if I could try a contemporary romance, so I wrote two of those just to be safe-one will be coming out in February 2013. Finally, after that, I could get back to finishing Minstrel's Serenade. I devoted November to writing it. And here I am today at 71k, ALMOST DONE!
I didn't realize just how long it took to write epic fantasy prose. The word building has to be phenomenal, and they have to speak like olden times, which takes SO much longer to write than any other genre, even sci fi.
I'm going to try to finish it in these last days of November and send it in to my agent to read!
Have you had a book on the back burner that you long to finish?