Hi! As promised, here's my first post to update you on my progress with Iniquity, volume 5 of the Premonition series. The pic above is to represent the new character in the story. Yes, there is a new character, and no, he's not in love with Evie. (I read your comments. I know you.)
I want this blog to be like a journal so that you can get a glimpse into my mind as I write Iniquity, but I will try not to give too much away. I also want this to be interactive. You can ask me questions about my stories or writing or publishing or about the fact that I don't own any pets. Keep in mind, though, that I'm sort of busy so if I don't get back to you right away or if I miss your comment, I'm sorry. You'd probably like to get this book faster than you'd like to chat with me so...there's that.
Top 5 questions:
#5 Is this the last book in the Premonition series?
Answer: I don't know, yet. I'm trying to make it the last book, but I tried to make Incendiary the last book and we see how that turned out. I'm what people in the industry refer to as a panster. I write by the seat of my pants. I'm often surprised by what happens in my own stories. I have "holy crap" moments while writing them just as you have when reading them. I love that. I tried to plot out the first book, it worked for about 5 chapters, and then I found I didn't really need the outline anymore because it was more fun to let the characters write it than to do it myself. (I know that sounds crazy, but if you're a panster, then you know what I'm saying.) The problem with being a panster is that I don't always know how it will end or when. I think I do this time, but when I get there, something may change to make the story continue. This frustrates a lot of readers, and for that, I'm sorry. Try having the characters in your head talking to you all the time. It could be worse--Brennus in line at the grocery store can be a terror. Or do they talk to you, too? Some people tell me that they can hear the characters, too. I love that.
#4 Who will end up with Evie?
I would never tell. You're welcome to state your case for who you'd like to see still alive or completely dead at the end. I make no promises.
#3 Am I going to make these books into movies?
LOVE TO! Recently, I've had a well-known producer contact me to inquire if my film rights/ television rights are available. It has all been very exciting and a nice dream, but that's still all it is at this point in time: a dream. Getting a book made into a movie or a T.V. series is kind of like being struck by lightning...so maybe I've just walked out into the rain and am standing in the storm? Anyone have a lightning rod? You know if a deal goes down, I'm all over my social networks amping it up, right? You will know almost the moment I do.
#2 Will there be more graphic sex in Iniquity?
I'm going to try to keep it at the same intensity level as in Incendiary. When I first published Inescapable, I marketed it as Young Adult. The series definitely falls into the New Adult category, however, because of Evie's age and stage of life. I have tried to ride the ragged edge of YA, using romance as my main focus. I will continue to do so in Iniquity. I have to admit that as the series goes on, it has become more difficult to adhere to the softer side of romance, especially with the subject matter of good and evil. I feel, however, that I owe it to my younger readers to be less graphic when it comes to the act of sex. Not to say there won't be sex in it, just that I'm going to walk a fine line with it. I can't please everyone. For that I'm sorry. I hope that you find the plot, characters, action, romance, and general badassery the most compelling reasons to read my books.
#1 When is the Iniquity release date?
I don't have one, yet. I know that totally reeks. I'm sorry!! I want to do the characters justice, especially if this turns out to be the last book. I don't want to rush the story because I gave readers a release date. I feel like you'll forgive me if I'm a little slow, but you'll never forgive me if I ruin the story by rushing it. If this was about money, I would've cranked these books out as fast as I could, chopped out half the story, and never talked to you. But that's not me.
INIQUITY UPDATES: I worked most of the weekend on Iniquity. I stayed home alone while my family went to our neighbor's lake house "up north." (People in Michigan always say, "up north" to describe anywhere in Michigan that is north of their house. I don't know why. It's totally natural and logical to me because I was born in Michigan and everyone goes up north. You probably find it weird.)
I wrote a vignette that involves Evie's past lifetime. It was so vivid to me that it felt like I was watching a Scorsese or a Spielberg movie. I could almost smell it. I wish I was a better writer and could describe exactly what I saw. I did my best. I hope it translates.
The artist that crawled into my mind the entire weekend:
Matthew Mayfield!!! His entire EP, Irons In The Fire, is eloquent. Listening to it makes me want to live in his world for as long as I'm allowed.
Okay, so I gave my Facebook followers an Iniquity teaser yesterday. Most of you have already seen this one. I'll post more as we go forward. I will always try to warn you before you get to it so that you can opt out if you'd rather not read it.
Thank you for reading my stories. I seriously think you rock!!
Russell walks toward the door, but he pauses as Reed asks, “Where’s Anya?”
Russell scrubs his face, still waking up before he points his thumb over his shoulder. “She’s in the library ignorin’ the hell outta me.”
Anya appears soundlessly behind Russell. “Now I’m here, continuing to ignore you,” Anya says with a slight raise of her eyebrow. “The hell is welcome to stay where it is.”--Iniquity