This is just an update to answer some commonly asked questions about my writing. I’ve been asked the questions a lot and thought it was only fair to answer them for everyone. Don’t be afraid to send me an e-mail if you have more.
When are you going to finish Phantom?
This is the most frequently asked question, and the simplest answer is, it’s already finished. I had written the whole trilogy before Endlessly was even available for sale. I guess what everyone really wants to know is, when is Phantom going to be available for purchase? The simplest answer for that is, I don’t know.
There are advantages and disadvantages of being an indie author, and this is one of the disadvantages - money. I pay a professional editor to critique and edit my books. That money comes out of my pocket. So whenever I get the money, I will start the process for Phantom. My goal is have it available by February, but that is a goal, not a guarantee. Life happens. Have faith and patience in me, I'm a starving artist.
Couldn't you just publish Phantom without editing it?
I could, but I won’t. I don’t think it would be fair to the reader to publish it unedited. I gave them two polished books, and I don’t intend to end the trilogy with a sloppy story. I want feedback from my editor, and I want to make sure Jason’s story is told in the same light as Verloren’s and Ash’s.
Trilogy? Weren’t you writing a fourth book to this series?
Yes. The first three books are a story unto themselves. Each book is written from a different character’s point of view, but all three books complete an overall story. I have begun a forth booked titled Switch. It is related, and somewhat unrelated, to the Endlessly trilogy. It is not finished, and I find myself unable to complete it until Phantom is finished in editing.
The premise for Switch – back to the beginning. Switch will start at the beginning of Endlessly, and follow all three books, but from the Quatre’s point of view. The story is told by a female werewolf, with a disturbing past, as she works for the Quatre. It’s meant to be more of a companion book, as it lets you see all the things that were happening behind the scenes of the other three, and it lets you experience what was only discussed in the other books. It's meant to be a stand alone book, meaning that anyone could pick it up and read it, without read the trilogy.
Are you planning on writing anything else, or are you working on anything right now?
Yes. I am currently, and slowly, working on a zombie novel. It was bound to happen eventually. I’m still toying with the title, which usually jumps out and bites me (pun intended) when I’m writing the story. I have two main goals for this book. The first goal, I want it to be one book, no series. The second goal is that I want every chapter from a different characters point of view.
I struggled with whether or not to write it third person. I just didn’t think I could do it. It’s not my style. I thought about the overall story, and how I would be able to tell it from one person’s point of view, and I thought this would be the best alternative. So I picked three characters, and the story will be told by rotating to a different point of view for each chapter. I like to give myself a little challenge when I write.
Beyond Switch and the untitled zombie book, I really haven’t put much thought into anything else. Lately, I've spent more time painting. I've been reading a lot of bizarro, and I've been thinking of taking a crack at that, whatever I write, there is sure to be a monster lurking somewhere within its pages.